Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

Thank you so much Erika from Books, Stars, Writing. And Everything in Between and Cloe from Mornings and Epilogues for nominating me for this award! 🙂

Rules:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link their website
2. Use the award logo in your post.
3. Answer the 10 questions provided by the blogger who tagged you
4. Nominate 10 bloggers
5. Ask them 10 questions

Without further do, let’s get started!

1. What book have you re-read the most?
I don’t really re-read a book, so I’ve got none for this question. But I had re-read Harry Potter and TFIOS twice, so…

2. Most anticipated read(s) coming out this year? 
P.S I Still Love You and Carry On. I really liked To All The Boys I’ve loved before, and even though I disliked Fangirl, I really liked the Simon Snow snippets 🙂

3. What’s your favourite genre?
 Fantasy. I love reading and experiencing a whole different world, with all the complex characters and different problems they have. But lately I’ve been in the mood for contemporary, so I’ve been reading that too.

4. Paperback, hardcover, ebook, or audiobook?
Paperback! It’s lighter, more cheaper, and save more space than hardcover. I read e-book sometimes when I’m out of physical books to read or to read some novellas. I never read audiobook because I was never a good listener so I’ll get distracted easily.

5. Do you read before you sleep?
Yes! Sometimes I even forgot to sleep because I was to engrossed with the story 😀

6. Top three favourite book couples?

  • Percabeth. They’ve been through a lot, went to Tartarus and back, seen each other dark side, and they’re still together.
  • Dramonie. Okay,this one isn’t really a couple, but I really love them together. Just imagine a forbidden romance between a Gryffindor, a mudblood and a Slyhterin, a pure blood, a death eater. I know Harry Potter isn’t about romance, but I can’t stop thinking about them! I’ve read some fanfictions about them and I really wished they would come together at the end of the 7th book *sigh* 
  • Delena. If you ask me team Stefan or Damon, I’ll answer Damon. Damon indulges Elena, but also unleashes her dark side. And she also really loves Elena, even though Elena is still torn.

7. Do you listen to music while reading?
Sometimes, when I feel like the music goes perfectly well with the book. But not most of the time, because I easily get distracted…

8. Prettiest book you have/have seen?
Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi, Lorali by Laura Dockrill, Perfect Ruin by Lauren DiStefano and Uprooted by Naomi Novik.

9. Do you like reading buddies? If so, what book have you read with a buddy/want to read with a buddy?
I’ve heard about reading buddies quite a while, but never have one. I’d love to have one though!

10. Three under-hyped authors you love?

  • A.G Howard, the author of Splintered series, which is about a descendant of Alice trying to make things right for Wonderland. A.G Howard writes and descibes the dark, twisted Wonderland perfectly and she also writes intriguing, amazing stories.
  • Josephine Angelini, the author of Starcrossed series. It was really fast paced, with amazing display of Demigod powers, heartbreaking deaths, and gripping cliffhanger. She did a terrific job with the series and I can’t wait to read her other books.
  • Charles Ogden, the author of Edgar & Ellen series. I love this series as a child, he creates such a vivid, little gods of mischief, and it was really entertaining. Still looking forward to finding the next book though.

My Question:
1. Overhyped books that other people love but you hate?
2. What is your favorite book ever? 
3. Do you think beautiful book covers are important? 
4. Who is your favorite booktuber?
5. Most relateable character?
6. Favorite fictional world and why?
7. Do you write in your books/highlight your books?
8. Prettiest book cover you’ve ever seen?
9. Do you prefer your favorite books turned into TV show or movie? Why?
10. Most anticipated books coming out next year?

I Nominate:
1. Aisha @ InkwellofWords
2. Denise @ The Bibliolater

3. Cody-Leigh @ Literary-Ly Obsessed

4. Laura @ Blue Eye Books
5. Fiona @ A Girl Between the Pages
6. Shayna @ Bibliophilia
7. Aentee @ Read at Midnight
8. Angela @ Perpetual Pages
9. Sibella @ YA Book Reviews
10. Natali @ Book Cupid

Thank you for the nomination. If you aren’t nominated, feel free to do it though!

August Wrap Up & September TBR

Hey guys! It’s the end of August. I can’t believe time moves so fast, that we’re already more than halfway through 2015.

August wasn’t my best reading month, but it wasn’t the worst either. It’s just all the books I’ve read fell flat for me. I’ve read 7 books in the month of August. I’m so happy I finally managed to read the 2 final books in The Secrets of The Immortal Nicholas Flamel series, and find out the ending. I read 2 novellas from that series too. I also get around to read Where She Went, and I borrowed In a Glass Grimly from my school library. Here’s the quick wrap-up:

  1. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson ✰✰✰
  2. The Warlock by Michael Scott ✰✰✰✰
  3. #88LoveLife by Diana Rikasari ✰✰
  4. The Enchantress by Michael Scott ✰✰✰.5
  5. Where She Went by Gayle Forman ✰✰✰✰
  6. The Death of Joan of Arc by Michael Scott ✰✰✰
  7. In a Glass Grimly by Adam Gidwitz ✰✰✰
  8. Billy the Kid and the Vampyres of Vegas by Michael Scott ✰✰.5

    For the month of September, I plan to read 5 books. Hopefully i could finish them all because I feel like September is going to be a busy month at school… So here are the book I plan to read in September.
    1. Perfect Ruin by Lauren DiStefano. This one is also a cover buy and I already halfway through this one, but the story isn’t engaging enough for me. Right now I’m struggling to finish this, but we’ll see though.
    2. Moonlight by Rachel Hawthorn. It’s about a werewolf clan. It’s been such a long time since I read any book about werewolves, so I think it’s a good time to feel a little bit nostalgic.
    3. The Grimm Conclusion by Adam Gidwitz. The final book in the Grimm’s retellings. It has been a good series, with gory retellings and funny naratives, and my friends says this is the Grimm-est (is that even a word?) of them all.
    4. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. The summary seems intriguing, and I’ve been hearing a lot of hype about Patrick Ness. And lately I haven’t read any book that “wow” me yet, so I hope this one would.
    5. Memoar of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. This is my classic for this month.

    So that’s my wrap up for August and my TBR list for September. What is your favorite book in August? What book do you want to read in September? Let me know in the comment down below and hope you guys have an amazing reading month ahead! 🙂

      Book Review: Silver by Talia Vance

      Title: Silver
      Author: Talia Vance
      E-book edition, 384 pages
      Published: September 1st, 2012
      Publisher: Flux
      2/5 stars

      https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16088074-silver

      “As I step into the room, a silver flash blurs my vision. Before I can take a breath, the world falls away.”

      Brianna has always felt invisible. People stare right past her, including the one boy she can’t resist, Blake Williams. But everything changes at a house party when Brianna’s charm bracelet slips off and time stands still. In that one frozen, silver moment, Blake not only sees her, he recognizes something deep inside her that she’s been hiding even from herself.

      Discovering she is descended from Danu, the legendary Bandia of Celtic myth, Brianna finds herself questioning the truth of who she is. And when she accidentally binds her soul to Blake, their mutual attraction becomes undeniable.

      But Blake has his own secret, one that could prove deadly for them both.

      Bound together by forbidden magic, Brianna and Blake find themselves at the heart of an ancient feud that threatens to destroy their lives and their love.

      I was really excited when I was starting this book, because this book tells about mythology other that Greek/Roman. This book tells us about Irish mythology, which is really exciting. So why only 2 stars?

      The main character, Brianna and her clique are typical dumb, spineless female characters. They make girls look like they need boys all the time to protect them, like they couldn’t live without boys. All the female characters are so obsessed with boys.

      “The only thing that’s changed is the way Blake looks at me.

      And it takes my breath away.

      Blake’s eyes glow in the firelight. But it’s the flames behind his eyes that make my whole body run hot. I can feel myself blush as he brings his hands to my cheek, branding me with his touch. “Brianna Paxton.” He lets his fingers rest against my skin, stroking just beneath my chin. “You are even more beautiful than I remembered.” 

      Brianna didn’t do anything until near the end of the book, she just got in danger, got panicked, but someone would always be there to save her. Towards the end of the book, something seems to change her into this powerful, smart girl.

      The romance. Blake & Brianna. Brianna is like Bella Swan 2.0. Whiny, clingy, without her boyfriend, her world is coming to an end. The whole soul-bonding thing is okay. But they’re lusting each other, it’s like lust-bonding. Just. No. And the chemistry between them is just nonexsistent. Brianna and Blake also stalks each other, which is creepy.

      I really like the whole backstory and legends about Danu and other ancestors, and the powers the Bandia has. But when you don’t like the main character of the story, it ruins the whole book for you. If you like Twilight and mythology, this book is for you.

      Book Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

      Title: Throne of Glass
      Author: Sarah J. Maas
      Paperback edition, 404 pages
      Published: August 2nd, 2014
      Publisher: Bloomsbury
      4/5 stars
      https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13519397-throne-of-glass

      Summary:

      Meet Celaena Sardothien.
      Beautiful. Deadly.
      Destined for greatness.

      In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake: she got caught.

      Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?

      Review:

      “You could rattle the stars,” she whispered. “You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you most.”

      Before I start, let me tell you that I’m really glad I read this book. The summary is intriguing, there’s so much hype surrounding this series, the Queen of Shadows will be released this year, and ACOTAR was also released this year. There’s no other perfect time to read this book/series other than this year. I went into this book with really high expectations, expecting to have a hangover or raving about this book. Well, it was kind of… dissapointing. But it was still really really good, and I can understand all the hype surrounding this book.

      Celaena Sadorthien is an interesting character. She’s a mix of everything. She’s a deadly assassin, who cares about her looks, loves beautiful dresses, candy, puppy, and books, and she’ll do anything to defeat the tyrant king. She’s snarky, brave, and smart. And of course, she kicks a lot of ass.

      “My name is Celaena Sardothien. But it makes no difference if my name’s Celaena or Lillian or Bitch, because I’d still beat you, no matter what you call me.”

      The world building is really solid. The author did a really good job in describing it, making it really vivid in my imagination. And this book comes with a map too, which is really helpful. The writing style is amazing. The author doesn’t use fancy words and beautiful phrases, but the writing still flows smoothly and we could connect with the characters. I love how this book gave little insight on the training and the test, only told us when it’s necessary, so we could also see other important element in the stories like the political intrigue, murder, and magic. And the author manage to not turning this book into a love triangle mess! *claps* This is an example that YA novel doesn’t have to has any romance/love triangle at all!

      Overall, I think the lack of action was kind of dissapointing for me. I really liked this book, but it didn’t wow me as I was expected. I feel like there’s something missing in this series, and too many loopholes. But since this is a series, I understand that there has to be some room/holes in this book for the next book to improve. Can’t wait to read the Crown of Midnight!

      Blogger Recognition Award!

      Hi guys, so this post is going to be about Blogger Recognition Award. I really want to thank Cloe from Mornings and Epilouges for nominating me. Thank you so much 🙂
      Rules:
      1. Select 15 other blogs you want to give this award to. Do some digging if you must! Find those blogs. You cannot nominate yourself of the person who has nominated you.
      2. Write a post to show off your award! Give a brief story of how your blog got started, and give a piece or two advice to new bloggers. List who nominated you in your post. Make sure to attach the award yourself!
      3. Comment on each blog to let them know you’ve nominated them. Provide a link to your award post.
      4. Provide a link to the original post on Edge of Night. This way, anyone can find the original post if needed, and we can keep it from mutating and becoming confusing!
      The Story:
      The story begins long long time ago. I always loved to read. I love being able to travel to different worlds, connect with the characters, and enjoying/hating the whole story. And when I finished a book, sometimes I just expressed my feelings. I have my friends of course, and some of them are fangirls. I always talked/discussed books with them and we borrowed each other’s books. But when we finished Junior High, we got into different school and now we’re not as close as we use to be:(
      I needed some place to express my thoughts, place with lots of bookworms. So I joined Goodreads and started to write short reviews about the books I’ve read. But seeing other people has their blogs, I just wanted to started a blog of my own. I think it’s like a writing exercise for me 🙂  I didn’t really get into it when I first started. I posted couple of reviews then being inactive… But now I’m back and I’ll try to post more regularly.
      Advice:
      1. Followers isn’t the most important thing for your blog. If you want to express your feelings, then it doesn’t matter how many people following your blog 🙂
      2. Write what you like and passionate about. This is your blog, you can write anything you like. If you like food and books, then you can write about them on your blog. It could be a mash-up blog of few things. Just have fun and write about your passion 🙂

        Book Combo Tag

        Before we start, I would like to thank Haley from Paperback Haven for nominating me. Sorry it took me so long to make this, this tag is a hard one! 🙂

        I tag:
        1. Which two authors would you like to see put their writing skills together and write a new book?
        I’d love to see Rick Riordan and Michael Scott write a book together. Rick already wrote about Greek, Roman, Egypt, and an upcoming series about Norse mythology. Michael Scott basically wrote all mythology from all around the world in the Nicholas Flamel series. Their writing style also kind of similar. Both authors’ characters are sarcastic, their books have their funny moments and fast-paced action scene. I’d love to see both of them write a book together about all those myths, it’s going to be an epic book.

        2. What’s your favorite author collaboration?
        I really like My True Love Gave to Me! It’s a collection of 12 holiday romance, so it’s really perfect to read on christmas eve or new year’s eve. It’s written by Stephanie Perkins, Holly Black, Ally Carter, Matt de la Pena, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor, Kiersten White. It has many famous names in YA, so I went in with high expectations, and it wasn’t dissappointing at all! If you want to read this, I recommend you to read when it’s cold outside. (Review about this book to come)

        3. If you could combine two completely different stories and make them a book of their own what would it be and what would their combined title be?
        I’d love to combine Incarceron and Lunar Chronicles, but I can’t find the title for them!

        4. Which two characters from different books would you ship?
        I’d ship Puck from Iron Fey series and Celaena from Throne of Glass series! Puck will annoy the hell out of Celaena, but it would be fun to watch their banter and fights!

        5. Which two worlds from two different stories would you like to see come together to make one  epic world?
        Wonderland from Splintered trilogy and Ravka from the Grisha trilogy. Splintered’s Wonderland is the twisted, dark, magical and exotic place from the original Wonderland, and if you add Ravka’s Fold, it’s going to be a really scary place to be.

        6. Which duology/ trilogy/ series would you have liked to have been one book?
        I have none for this category so I’m going to change it a bit.
        Which series you think could be shorter?
        It’s Syrena Legacy by Anna Banks. It should’ve been a duology, ended with Of Triton. And all of sudden came out Of Neptune. I feel like there’s no plot, and nothing happened in that book.It’s kind of ruin my love for the series:(

        Once again, thank you for the tag Haley! For those who I tagged, I would love to see your answer 🙂

        Long Cold Nights are for Falling in Love…

        Title: My True Love Gave to Me
        Author:
         Stephanie Perkins, Holly Black, Ally Carter, Matt de la Pena, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor, Kiersten White
        Hardcover edition, 355 pages
        Published: October 9th, 2014
        Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
        4/5 stars 
        https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22914373-my-true-love-gave-to-me

        Summary:

        On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me …This beautiful collection features twelve gorgeously romantic stories set during the festive period, by some of the most talented and exciting YA authors writing today. The stories are filled with the magic of first love and the magic of the holidays.

        Review: 

        “Long cold nights are for falling in love”
        That’s the short summary at the back of the book. I’ve been eyeing this gorgeous edition for such a long time. The teal, rubbery thick cover, gold lettering, and christmas lights on the cover, pink paper and gold bookmark, it just screams “BUY ME” to me. And when I had it, I just looking for the perfect opportunity to read it. We don’t have winter in my country, so I read when I was joining the homestay programme. I know, it was in the middle of the year, not exactly the perfect time to read a holiday romance. But, it was winter in Australia, it was pretty cold, and that was as close as I could get to a perfect weather to read this book 😦

        Anyways.

        This book really lives up to my expectations. 12 stories from 12 different authors, some name are really well-known in the YA genre, so I definitely had high expectations about this book. All the 12 stories are set around Christmas/NYE holiday season. I loved most of the stories. Some of them are really cheesy, but I still love them to bits. Overall, this book made me feel warm, fuzzy and christmas-y (even though it was July)

        Any insta-love? Yes, because most of the stories sets in one night, so they met and fell for each other instantly. But not all of them are insta love. And it’s not all about romance, there’s also a story about family. And not all of them sets in the real world, some of them set in an entirely different world.

        My favorite story is going to be Midnights by Rainbow Rowell, because I always loved stories about best friends that eventually fall for each other. And the characters are just so cute! And I also loved Your Temporary Santa by David Levithan. The writing style is very David Levithan-ish; honest, rude, but hilarious.

        It’s definitely better than Let it Snow (sorry guys), and I’m definitely going to re-read it on Christmas holidays. Highly recommended.

        Book Review: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake (Spoilers!)

        Title: Anna Dressed in Blood
        Author: Kendare Blake
        Paperback edition, 384 pages
        Published: October 2014
        Publisher: Mizan Fantasi
        Rate: 3 stars
        https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9378297-anna-dressed-in-blood

        Summary:

        Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

        So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

        Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

        Yet she spares Cas’s life.

        Review:

        Saving people, hunting things, family business? A book with Supernatural vibes in it? I’M IN!
        Supernatural has always been my favorite show. So when I read the synopsis for this book, I knew I have to read this. 
        So, the main character name is Cas. Castiel? No, it’s Cassio, which is weird for me, but I didn’t really pay attention to characters name. Cassio is looking for the monster who killed his father, while “practicing” and continuing his father’s work as a Hunter. Sounds familiar? He’s constantly moving, searching for urban legends. And then he moves to Thunder Bay to check on this urban legend. Anna.

        Overall, the plot and the characters are okay. Cas is really tough and doesn’t want to get close with anyone. Perfectly understandable, considering his position. He’s the combination of Sam and Dean Winchester. The secondary characters are all okay, they’re not annoying at all. And the moster/ghosts? They’re all totaly creepy. I didn’t read this book at night because some parts creeps me out. And the ending really hooked me.

        So why only 3 stars? THE ROMANCE. Nope. No No No. Big fat NO. There shouldn’t be any insta-love in this book. A hunter should’ve known better than to fall in love immediately with a ghost. And how could Anna restrain herself only with Cas? Nonsense. The romance is really absurd.

        I will consider reading the second book, and ignore the romantic nonsense in this book.

        July Wrap Up & August TBR

        I know it’s kind of late, but school has been really hectic *sigh* July was a good reading month for me, I read different types of books, 5 books in total. I read 1 classic, 1 anthology, 1 high fantasy, 1 mythology, and 1 graphic novel, and I really liked most of it.

        1. My True Love Gave to Me by Stephanie Perkins, Holly Black, Ally Carter, Matt de la Pena, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor, Kiersten White ✰✰✰✰
        2. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas ✰✰✰✰.5
        3. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley ✰✰✰✰
        4. Silver by Talia Vance ✰✰
        5. Soppy: A Love Story by Phillipa Rice ✰✰✰✰.5

        Moving on… to my August TBR! As I had mentioned before, school has been really busy, so I won’t be setting my bar too high, only 3 books, and I’m already halfway through the first.

        1. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. This one is a cover buy actually, but everyone has been raving about this book lately, and this one seems really worth the hype! I had a rough start, but now, I kind of enjoying the story.
        2. The Warlock by Michael Scott. This is the 5th book of The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel. I’ve been looking for this book for years, but it always out of stock 😦 Then my friend gave it to me, and now my collection is complete! Can’t wait to get into this book because this book is full of mythological creatures and famous person and legends. It’s just so freaking awesome.
        3. The Enchantress by Michael Scott. The final book of The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, can’t wait to see how the final book wraps it up.

        So that’s all my books from July and for August. I’m really looking forward for a great reading month on August, and finishing all 3 amazing books!

          Birthdays!

          So…. Hi guys! July 30th was my birthday, and someone got me something really amazing, those really took me by surprise. Can you guess what it is?

          A Harry Potter and a Percy Jackson boxset, both the new covers!

           

          Look how beautiful their spines are! I haven’t opened them from the wrappers yet, so I can’t take picture of the covers.

          As we all know, July 31st was the birthday of the magical and talented author who started it all, the one who created the whole magical world of Harry Potter. Happy Birthday J.K Rowling! Thanks for making my life a magical mess (I’m not complaining though.)

          And July 31st was also the birthday of the boy who started it all, The Boy Who Lived, who survived the killing curse. Happy Birthday Harry James Potter! This series plays such a huge and important part in my childhood, and started my love for reading. Always and forever, have a special place in my heart.


          “After all this time?”
          “Always.”