The Cliche book tag

So today I bring you my answers for the cliche book tag. I was tagged like a lifetime ago by the amazing Catherine from This is one for the books. If you have not checked out her blog already please do, it is great! Unfortunately I do not know who the original creator of this tag is. So if you know, please let me know!

Actions Speak Louder Than Words.

A Book That Wasn’t Or Couldn’t Be Better Than The Movie.

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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Now hear me out I absolutely love this world and really did enjoy the book. I have only read the first book in the series and it did have more detail than the show. However I still think I enjoyed the show that little bit more, its just magical!

The Grass Is Always Greener On The Other Side.

A Rags To Riches Or Riches To Rags Story.

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If you know me you would be expecting at least one MAAS answer in a tag post! And here it is because I am Maas trash and love it! Feyre’s story in the ACOTAR series is riches to rags, rags to riches. And boy is the journey amazing to read! ❤

The Apple Does Not Fall Far From The Tree.

A Parent Child Relationship That You Love

I am currently reading Moon Chosen by P C Cast and I am only about 80 pages in but I love the relationship Mari and Leda have. They seem to care so deeply for each other! I hope this doesn’t change but I have a feeling something tragic is coming! Fingers crossed I am wrong!

You Can’t Judge A Book By It’s Cover.

A Great Book That Needs A Better Cover.

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The Tomorrow when the war began series by John Marsden. I really enjoyed this series and think its very powerful and thought provoking! However, I think my covers are pretty boring even if they match the theme of the book! :/

You Can’t Please Everyone.

A Book You Hate dislike That Everyone Loves.

So I changed this one as hate is a very strong word and I couldn’t think of a book I hate that is well loved. However I will admit that I still have not read the second book in the Dark Artifices series by Cassandra Clare even though I have read the first book and didn’t hate it. This latest series in the Shadowhunter world just hasn’t pulled me in like the previous ones! Don’t hate me!

What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger.

What’s A Book That Made You A Better Person For Having Read It.

I can’t really choose one book for this. I think just reading in general makes me a better person. I learn something new with each book and each story leaves its mark on me! 🙂

Love Is Blind.

A Book With A Disabled Character Or Actual Blind Love.

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Me Before you by JoJo Moyes. Will is confined to a wheelchair and this love story breaks my heart every time! I am yet to read the later books in the series!

Ignorance Is Bliss.

A Book That Is Bad But You Just Don’t Want To Admit It.

Ok I am going to have to go the Twilight Saga for this one. when I first read it I thought it was the best thing since sliced bread! It is the series that actually started my love for books and reading. Therefore this series will always hold a special place in my heart. Do I understand now that its not the best written thing out there? Yes! But I am not giving it up so fight me! haha.

There Is No Time Like The Present.

What Is Your Favourite Contemporary Book?

Currently? I would have to say When it’s real by Erin Watt. It was just so cute and a quick easy read with all the feels! ❤

Better Safe Than Sorry.

A Book You Don’t Want To Read In Case It’s Bad

The Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard. I own the first book but have been putting off reading it. The series is so hyped and so loved by so many! I have heard nothing but good things. I am sure I will love it! But what if I Don’t?


Well that was fun although I will Admit some of it took a lot of thought!

I Tag: Cat (The Eclectiophile) / Alexandra (reading by starlight) / Shailey (Shay’s Pages)

And anyone else who is interested! Be sure to tag me so I can see your answers!

Let's Chat!Have you done this tag before? Do you agree with any of my answers? Anything you would have done differently/ added? Let me know in the comments below! As always happy watching and reading. 

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A Court of Frost and Starlight: Spoiler free review.

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Title: A Court of Frost and Starlight (ACOTAR 3.1)

Author: Sarah J Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Published: May 2018

Genre: NA Fantasy, Novella

Rating: 4.5/5

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I will firstly begin by saying that majority of this review is completely spoiler free and I will label anything I think could be even remotely a spoiler. I was in a massive slump for the entire first half of this month. This slump I think was mainly because ACOFAS was released and all I wanted to do was read it! But unfortunately I was unable to purchase it until recently. Well let me say reading it has gotten me out of the slump and more so! Although I do have quite a book hangover and cannot get these character out of my head!

While waiting to be able to buy this novella and trying to avoid spoilers like the plague I still noticed so many negative review/ rants opinions about this book. Which had me so worried thinking I myself wouldn’t like the story. It seems to be that not many people have liked it.  I have heard people accuse that it is a money grabbing scheme that could have just been included as special edition content. This may have been possible yes but I love it for what it is. And I also want to mention that not everyone has the chance to get those special editions with bonus content! A lot of the time they are very hard to get! So this way everyone has a chance to read and learn more about the characters.  Also why are people surprised it’s so short?? It’s a novella! I myself never once saw it advertised as anything else! What so Sarah is capable of writing huge books she’s not allowed to write a novella or a shorter story? As always everyone is entitled to their own opinions and I am not saying they are wrong I have simply addressed some statements I have heard and my own thoughts on these. Anyways now I am done addressing these and let’s be honest there I got a bit salty. Let’s move the review tone back up to my normal rambley happy self and talk about the novella and my thoughts/ experience with it.

This novella centres around the inner circle but mainly still Feyre and Rhysand. It covers Feyre’s first winter solstice with the inner circle and as high lady of the night court. It gives us even more of a glimpse into the traditions and dynamics of the inner circle which I loved! I literally teared up and or laughed out loud in some parts. I loved getting to see some of the inner circle member’s personalities be developed more and just seeing where all the characters are at after the war. I will just say some are definitely doing better than others.

I loved that Feysands story was fully tied together in this novella more so then at the end of ACOWAR. I think they truly have their happy ending now and a possibility at maintaining it! Which just makes my heart happy. As for the other members of the inner circle there was enough new information introduced and enough things left open ended that I am excited to see what it all means and how it all takes off/ comes together in the next novels.

The sneak peek of the next book in the series with the new MC’s was absolutely crazy! I can not wait a whole year or however long it is going to be to see how this story will play out and how these characters will grow and develop even more.

*possible spoiler in next paragraph although not really*

I will say that I don’t necessarily agree how Feyre is deciding to deal with a certain character in these sneak peek chapters. Considering herself and others may have stepped in before it got this bad. However this character didn’t seem to want anyone’s help so possibly had to go the way it did. Anyways I am rambling. My point is I am excited after those sneak peeks to see how things go. I think it’s going to be a hot mess but in a I really want to read about it way!

*spoiler but not spoiler section is finished read away!* 

In conclusion I loved it for exactly what it was. A story tying up some lose ends creating a happy ending for some but bridging us to the next novels in this world. It was cute, emotional and allowed for more development of the inner circle. The only reason this is not a five star read for me, is because I may not agree with all the actions of all the characters. And secondly I just want more and hate that I have to wait so long to read more about the precious inner circle. Therefore it’s a solid 4.5/5 from me!Let's Chat!Have you read ACOFAS yet? What were your thoughts? Who is your favourite inner circle member? Let me know in the comments below! Happy reading and watching! 

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Book Shelf tour

Hello everyone so today I thought I would do another fun little post instead of a review. I have seen many of these around book blogs, booktube and bookstagram but Michaela from Journey into books is the most recent one I have seen. I thought it was cool to see an insight into her book world and decided to let you all have a little look into mine.

Before I begin apologies for the quality of some of the picture it was a mostly cloudy, & rainy day when I took them. 😦 Great reading weather but unfortunately not great for pictures!

Full room view

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This is my book room, library, reading spot and study. I love it and it was a must for me when I finally got my own house.

Shelf 1: Sarah J Maas  

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This is one of my favourite shelves in my room. I think it’s so pretty and it hosts possibly my favourite books! It does however annoy me that ACOWAR is not the matching paperback. But I just had to have this edition and one day hope to own them all in both paperback and hardback! As for the TOG series I am yet to read Assassins blade or TOD!  This also features my Uni graduation teddy from my Nana. My favourite Disney princess gifted to me by my fiance and my read and wonder magnetic bookmarks. Just look at my little inner circle and Mia and Tric 🙂

Shelf 2: Casandra Clare & Jay Kristoff

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Underneath my Maas shelf is my Cassie Clare and Mr. Kristoff shelf. What’s that? Does the fact that the first three Mortal instruments books aren’t the same size as the others bother you? Yes! Yes it bloody does why do they do this? I will note that I also own the last TMI book as an e-book. This shelf also holds my Nevernight themed candle and lip balm. Bonus content there are actually 3 books on this shelf that I have not got around to reading yet!

Shelf 3: Mead, Shannon & Stiefvater

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Next on this bookcase is this shelf. Mead is one of the first authors I ever fell in love with and VA is one of my first loved fandoms. This shelf also contains The Bone Season series, where different length books strike again! 😦  As well as my Raven cycle books. The decor for this shelf is my TOG Dorian and Manon inspired candles and my Nevernight Mia print.

Shelf 4: The Morganville Vampires & Random

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The Morganville vampires by Rachel Cain is the longest series I own and contains one of the only signed books I own. As you can also see I have a few books from different series here also that I have mostly read but never continued with for one reason or another. Here I also have a Loki Print ❤ and my TOG Rowan inspired candle.

Printer shelf

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As this room doubles as a study my printer is here to. This also features some of my bookmarks and my wind mill collection 🙂

Cube 1

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My first cube shelf is mostly a space for the many books surely to come! However currently it holds my Harley print ❤ some science themed decor. And a mixture of random series and standalone books. One of these is another signed one of mine!

Cube 2

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My second cube contains most of my newer purchases and or gifted books as well as again some older random parts of series and standalone’s. It also contains most of my contemporary reads.

Shelf 5: Twilight & dystopian/random

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Confession time, the Twilight series was what got me into/ addicted to reading. Before these, sixteen year old me hated reading, didn’t understand how people could do it for fun or read something that big! hahaha omg thank goodness I came to my senses!

Shelf 6: Mostly Adult fiction/erotica & some paranormal

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Can I just say that I love that this whole shelf nearly consists of books of all the same height. How aesthetically pleasing is that! Also Blood rights is a series I found very interesting and creative but hear very little about!

Shelf 7: Harry Potter & random

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Yes my harry Potter series is miss matched, I know but my Nana brought the hardbacks for me back when they were released before I even fell in love with reading hence why one is missing a dust jacket. My amazing Slytherin edition is also there! Decor features yet another Loki print ❤ and a Godsgrave card.

Shelf 8: Random & self-help?

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This is probably my least favourite shelf it contains many random books I have been gifted or brought on a whim. Also here is a really cool postcard I picked up and the bookends I have had since I was a baby! And that’s a wrap! Let's Chat!

Do you see any of your favourites? How do you organise your shelves? Have you done a bookcase tour? Let me know below! Much Love, 

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R.I.P it or SHIP it?? Book characters

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Hello Blogging world! I am back! From my unannounced, unexplained, unplanned and way longer than expected hiatus. And what better way to jump back into things than a light hearted quick fun tag.

The R.I.P it or ship it tag I believe was originally created by the ever amazing Emma from Emma books on Youtube.  For those of you who may not know, the way this tag works is simple. You write down an even number of character names on separate bits of paper. Whether it be book, TV or Movie characters. You then fold these papers up and mix them together. Then essentially you pick two of the papers out at a time. And the fun is in your reactions and deciding if you would either ship those two characters or R.I.P it, as in that ship is dead!

This time around I will be using all Book characters. I only chose 10 characters (five pairs) so that this post will hopefully not become a billion years long. Then again who knows I might have a LOT to say about some of the matches! haha. Anyways let’s jump right in!

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Match 1: Thomas Cresswell & Feyre Archeron

Ok so I love both Thomas and Feyre and I love them with their OTP’s. However I think maybe this could kind of work? They are both Tough Adventurous people who want to do good and are fiercely loyal to those they care about. And although Thomas is very deductive and brain smarts I think Feyre and her sharp tongue could more than keep up. I think the main thing that makes me think these two could kind of work is the fact that they both believe and know that no one but their equal, and someone who will treat them as such and even challenge them, will do. However while death is Thomas’s calling, even though Feyre could more than hold her own I think she’s seen enough for her life time.

Verdict: SHIP it

Note: Thomas Cresswell is from the Stalking Jack the Ripper series by Kerri Maniscalco. And Feyre is from the ACOTAR series by Sarah J Maas. divider 1

Match 2: Audrey Rose Wadsworth & Cather

Oh wow ok haha I think this one is going to be a no. I think maybe they could possibly be friends as Audrey rose is capable of being nice and polite and also fiercely loyal. I think Audrey also craves good female friendships. I think if Audrey kept trying long enough that Cath would also accept her as a friend despite sometimes preferring to keep to herself. As for a couple I do not think they would work at all. I do not think Cath would be anywhere as near adventurous enough for Audrey and I think Audrey’s profession would not be up Cath’s ally at all. Bottom line Audrey needs an equal and I just don’t think Cath could be that.

Verdict: R.I.P it

Note: Audrey Rose Wadsworth is from the Stalking Jack the Ripper series by Kerri Maniscalco. And Cather is from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. divider 1

Match 3: Rhysand & Tamika Mia Corvere

HAHA ok sorry not sorry but I had to. I mean come on its Rhysand and wouldn’t that be amazing I would ship that for sure 😉 he is for sure my book boyfriend of choice and I think he is amazing and you will not convince me otherwise. But back to the actual potential match Rhys and Mia. I find this Match so interesting although I should mention I have not read Godsgrave yet so am not sure how Mia’s character developed there so this is based on Nevernight Mia. I think these two could Wreak havoc together. They both have sharp tongues so there would never be a dull conversation. I think Mia and Amren might get along a little too well and blood would run in the streets whenever they willed it. So I think although Rhys’s dark side would get along well with Mia and if that was all of his character they would make a great match for each other. But I also think Mia is too focused on vengeance possibly to appeal to Rhysand’s many other personality traits.

Verdict: Mostly R.I.P it but a little ship it

Note: Rhysand is from the ACOTAR series by Sarah J Maas and Mia Corvere is from the Nevernight series by Jay Kristoff. divider 1

Match 4: Manon & Levi

HAHAHAH! Just Nope! Good, sweet, Funny Levi does not stand a chance. Manon would take one look at him and eat him whole with a smile on her face. Levi needs someone he can use his country boy charm on. Someone he can look after and just chill with. Manon does not need no one to look after her. She is a bad-ass lady and I do not think she has just chilled a day in her life. She was made for adventure to feel the wind on her face. Quite frankly Manon deserves nothing less than her equal someone who can take in all that she is, the 13 and their rides and no bulk and what they see. Manon’s got too much growing to do to settle with Levi. Sorry not sorry.

Verdict: a big fat R.I.P

Note: Manon is from the TOG series by Sarah J Maas and Levi is from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. divider 1

Match 5: Jem Carstairs & The Darkling

Well well wouldn’t these two be a true pairing of light and dark. I don’t think this would work at all. The Darkling would be too consumed with darkness and trying to rule the world where as Jem is dedicated to saving it. Plus Jem already has one dark and brooding man in his life and I don’t think Will would be too fond of The Darkling. In fact it’s highly likely Jem and Will would be sent to kill The Darkling no questions asked. And as much as I really love The Darkling I don’t think he would stand a chance!

Verdict: R.I.P it!!

Note: Jem is from The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare and The Darkling is from The Grisha series by Leigh Bardugo. divider 1

Well that was not a very successful round of matches! I think Manon and Levi were the most entertaining match of the bunch! Hopefully cupid will have better luck next time HAHA
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What do you think of these matches? Do you agree with my verdicts or would you have said differently? Did you enjoy this post? Should I do more of them down the track? Let me know below! 

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WWW Wednesday Aug-30-2017

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WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. To participate and see others responses check out her blog by clicking here.

But long story short pretty much all you have to do are answer the below three questions and leave a link to your post in the comments of Sam’s blog. I think this is a really fun way to keep track of what I am reading while also keeping you all up to date on my current reads and what I hope to read as well as some thoughts and opinions before my full reviews.

The three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?WreathCurrently Reading: Recently I have been reading Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Currently I am about half way through and am absolutely loving it! I hope to finish SOCit this week sometime and will have a review some time shortly after that for a Review Friday.  But here are some of my current thoughts on this book so far:
  • Leigh Bardugo is a queen
  • I have fallen in love with the Grisha world all over again!
  • The character building and world building are fabulous!
  • Kaz and Inej are my favourites. They are life and I cannot wait to find out more about them!

To sum up I am really loving reading Six of Crows for the first time and being back in the Grisha World. The plot so far is great there are barley any slow moments and I can not wait to see how everything plays out! Foliage 17Recently Finished: If you read my last WWW Wednesday post you will know that the last book I was reading and have since finished is Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman. I norseoverall really enjoyed this book and my review will be up on Friday for Review Friday. However here are a sneak peak of my thoughts:

  • The cover is 100% amazingly beautiful!
  • I love Norse Mythology
  • Loki is everything and I loved learning more about him.
  • The way the book is set out is different to what I am used to/ normally read. Thus it was slightly harder to get into.
  • well written and entertaining

Keep an eye out for my review going up this Friday if you want to know my more in depth thoughts and reasons behind the points I have made today. Overall though a quite enjoyable read!Foliage 17Up Next: Again if you read my last WWW post I bet it came as a big shock to you that I went on to read Six of Crows as my next read instead of rereading the ACOTAR series! I did say that I might surprise you and it turns out I could not resist the pull of SOC. Having ACOMAF.jpgsaid this however I still really want to reread the ACOTAR series especially ACOMAF!!! That book is still my favourite of the series! ALL THE FEELS EVERY TIME!!

So I think I will definitely be rereading this series soon! It is one of my all-time favourites. However there are so many new great books coming out next month that I have pre-ordered or want to get. So I want to reread those series in preparation for reading them when I recive them! *cough* Godsgrave *cough* so keen!! There are also still multiple books on my shelves that I have brought and am yet to read. So the issue is always weather to reread or read new stuff!! HELP ME I don’t know what to do!!

If I again manage to put off my re-read of ACOTAR, I will most likely read Outlander by Diana Gabaldon next. I brought the first four books in this series in a box set from Bookdepository andoutlander.jpg only just received them on Monday.  Such good timing with the delivery though as I only just finished watching season 2 of the TV show this Sunday just gone! I absolutely adore the TV show!! My Nanna is from Scotland and I have always had an obsession with Scotland and Scottish things. The Kilts, Bag pipes and accents ARE KILLING ME!! But in a very good way I just can’t get enough of it!!

So I really want to get stuck into reading the books that started it all! I hope they are great and that they are even more detailed than the show because I need to know what happens! I need more Clare and Jamie in my life. JAMIE!!!! I can’t even! Basically I need something to help keep me going until season 3 of the TV show comes out in September sometime!

So that is my weekly update on everything I have been reading and want to read. What do you guys think I should read next? What is everyone else reading? Until next time happy watching and reading!

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WWW Wednesday, 23-Aug-2017

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. To participate and see others responses check out her blog by clicking here.

This is my first ever WWW Wednesday! I wanted to participate as a way to offer you guys more regular content as well as keep you up to date on what I am reading these days. So here we go.

The three W’s are:

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

Currently Reading: So for the past couple of weeks I have been reading Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman. I have made big progress on this book and actually only have 2 or 3 of the individual stories left to read before I finish it. I do plan to write a review on this book when I finish it just like I want to try and do with every book I read. However here are a few of my current thoughts:

  • I love Norse Mythology in general so learning more about it through Gaiman’s portrayal has been great fun.
  • I love Loki he is amazingly awesome! (And misguided.)
  • That cover is beyond beautiful I mean look at it!
  • Overall really enjoying this read however the way it is set out is annoying me and making it hard to get through.

I hope to be finished this read by the end of this week and hopefully can have my full review up by the end of next week to give you all my thoughts and final opinion.


Recently Finished: The book I finished before starting Norse Mythology was actually a collection of poetry called Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. I smashed this out in less than one day! It is very easy to read and well set out. I am hoping to have the review with my in depth thoughts and feelings up by the end of this week. But again here are a few quick points:

  • I love the simplistic beauty of this cover (those bees are so cute!)
  • This is a very quick and easy read.
  • I found a lot of the content hard to relate to.
  • However all of the writing is beautiful and some poems made me stop and think and just wow.

So to sum up this is a quick and easy read but not all of it related to me. Keep an eye out for my review!


Next up:  Now this section is a little trickier for me at the moment I am having such mixed feelings about what to read next! Firstly with the release of the synopsis for the new novella/ short story and many bookstagramers talking about it at the moment. I have a strong urge to re-read the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas. Like I can hear the books from here screaming at me to take them off my bookshelf and read them right this instant! haha but seriously I love this series and will happily re-read it for what will be the third time. I mean the plot the characters oh the characters! My babies! Feysand is like my biggest OTP and one can never get enough Rhysand in your life! He is the ultimate of book boyfriends! I don’t care what anyone says fight me on this!

On the other hand though I have many books on my bookshelf that I am yet to read as well as more that should arrive any day now from Book Depository. These include the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo and the Assassins Blade by Sarah J. Maas.  I am loving the Outlander TV show at the moment so I am excited to delve into the books that started it all. Also I only read the Grisha trilogy for the first time last month and loved it so really want to read Six of Crows. Altogether though I have many great reads lined up! I have a feeling ACOTAR will win but hey I tend to read whatever I am in the mood for at that time, so I may surprise you!

Have you read any of these great books? What are you currently reading and plan to read next? What do you think I should read next? Let me know in the comments below! Until next time happy reading and watching.

 

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