LIEBSTER AND SIBLINGHOOD AWARDS

Hi all! Just yesterday, I was nominated by Ember over at Literary Constellation, and thank you so much for nominating me! :)) This is the first time I’ve ever been nominated!

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Ember’s questions:

1.If you could live one fictional character’s life, who would it be and why?

I would very gladly live the life of Isabelle Lightwood. She’s badass, tall, beautiful and a shadowhunter. Who wouldn’t want to live her life?

2.What superpower do you wish you could have?

I would love to read people’s thoughts.

3.What’s your favorite breakfast food?

Pancakes!!

4.Top five things on your bucket list?

1. Travel around the world! (Kind of impossible, but I really love travelling.) 2. Write a book, preferably fantasy or contemporary. 3. Learn at least 2 more languages. 4. Eat as many different kinds of foods as possible. 5. Get a clinical psychology degree!

5.Time to live that minimalist life! What 3 books would you keep if you had to get rid of the rest?

Hmm…this one’s pretty difficult, but I guess I would keep Clockwork Princess, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Cinder.

6. Your world changes to a futuristic setting, what would be your use of transportation?

I guess a plane? Does that count as futuristic?

Do you have a favorite time of day?

Early in the morning! Especially before 8am.

City or country life?

City, of course.

Are you a daredevil? Everybody’s played “Truth or dare” at least once in their life, what was the worst dare you’ve ever been given?

I don’t really think this is bad, but I can’t remember the worse one ever. But probably the time I had to run down the corridor screaming “I love 1D!”

Think of your favorite book (or it can just be a character). What song comes to mind that reminds you of it/them?

This one took me some time and I finally decided on Percy from the Heroes of Olympus series and the song that comes to mind would be Double Trouble by TVXQ.

Do you have any suggestions as to what kind of posts you’d like to see on my blog? (If there’s a specific post you’re referring to, please include a link for an example)

TBRs if you participate in any readathons! That would be really cool :))

11 facts about myself:

  1. I live in Singapore! (A small country in Asia)
  2. Math is my favorite subject, followed by Geography
  3. I have 1 younger brother
  4. I’m the youngest in my class (my birthday is in December
  5. I don’t own any pets and don’t want to, as I don’t think I’ll have the time to take care of them
  6. I first started getting into reading at the age of 10, after finishing the Harry Potter series (which took me almost a year)
  7. The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare is my fav series ever!
  8. I know how to speak English, Mandarin and a little bit of Malay
  9. I ❤ food
  10. I only have 1 bookshelf
  11. I go to a girls’ school

My questions:

  1. If you were stuck on a deserted island, what 3 things would you bring with you?
  2. What type of music do you listen to?
  3. What’s the longest you’ve ever gone without sleep?
  4. If you could be an animal for one day, what would you be and why?
  5. What’s your current favorite song?
  6. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
  7. What are your top 3 favorite books?
  8. What is a skill you would like to pick up?
  9. If you ever wrote a book, what would you title it?
  10. What’s your favorite hobby?
  11. Would you rather go back in history or go to the future?

Thank you so much, Ember for nominating me for this!

Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site.
  2. Put the award logo on your blog.
  3. Answer the ten questions sent to you.
  4. Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer.
  5. Nominate ten blogs.

Ember’s questions:

1.What is your most memorable vacation?

Probably the time I went to Korea, as I went with some of my cousins too!

2.What’s the most attractive quality someone could have?

Intelligence or sense of humor.

3.Have you ever completed a Rubik’s cube?

Sadly, no.

4.If you weren’t a book blogger (or whatever kind of blogger you are), what would you be blogging about then, if at all?

Food!

5.Who are you closest to in your life?

Either my really close friends or siblings

6.What’s the hardest decision you’ve ever had to make?

Choosing which school I wanted to go to after PSLE (an exam we have to decide which school we go to depending on your results)

7.Is there a book that’s ever inspired you or changed your life in any way?

Not really, I mostly read just for the sake of enjoyment.

8.If you could have a mythical creature as a pet, what would it be?

A phoenix! 😀

9.Do you prefer to borrow books from the library/a friend/where ever first or buy them even though you haven’t read it yet?

Depends on what book it is. If it’s a book I’m highly anticipating, I would probably have pre-ordered it. If not, I’ll borrow it from the library first.

10. What’s your favorite season?

We don’t have any seasons here, but I’m going with Winter, because where I’m living, it’s almost summer every single day.

11.Do you have a favorite blogger/youtuber?

Nope, I mostly just watch anyone who I think is interesting or funny.

My questions:

  1. What’s something you want to accomplish before the end of this year?
  2. What’s your ambition?
  3. What’s your favorite subject?
  4. What you do enjoy doing in your free time?
  5. What are 3 of your all time favorite movies?
  6. Do you play any video games? If so, which ones?
  7. What’s your favorite afternoon snack?
  8. Do you collect any things, such as soft toys, stickers, etc.?
  9. Would you rather have no cell phone or no internet?
  10. What’s your favorite part of Summer?
  11. What’s your favorite holiday?

Here are some bloggers that I have nominated:

Kristin@Kristin Un-Ravelle’d

Tyra@Tyra’s Bookshelf

Christine@Constantly Moving The Bookmark

Claire@Literary Musings

THRONE OF GLASS BY SARAH J. MAAS

Synopsis: 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?

Rating: 4/5 stars

One thing I have to say is that it’s definitely not easy getting into it, and I tried reading it once, and got to about less than halfway through, before DNF-ing it. The reason why I decided to pick it up was because I really wanted to read a Sarah J. Maas book by the end of the year. Also, I have to say, it only really gets interesting after 200 pages or so.

Also, I was not a huge fan of Celaena at first, and I can’t say that I like her now, I just don’t hate her that much. She turned out to be a little whiny and not as badass as I expected, after hearing so much from everyone else.


Spoilers from here onward

We didn’t really get to know a lot about Chaol in this book and Dorian had a lot more scenes with Celaena than compared to Chaol, so I understand why a lot of people are Team Dorian, but I’m Team Chaol all the way.

Somehow, while reading this, I was reminded of HeronGrayStairs [Tessa, Will and Jem] from The Infernal Devices. Tessa and Will love reading, and Dorian lends books to Celaena. Also, Dorian and Chaol are somewhat like parabatai, like Jem and Will. Also, Dorian’s more outgoing and arrogant, like Will and Chaol’s more reserved and quiet, like Jem.

I do hope we get to find out more about Chaol in the following books, because as of now, we know very little about him.

On to the king and Perrington. I think they were controlling Cain this whole time, and Cain was not aware of what he was doing, because they all had the black ring on their fingers.

Also, what I found a little weird was the headaches with Kaltain. I was wondering if it was due to the opium or the “magic” that the duke was using, that caused the headaches.

Another thing was that I had never suspected Cain at all, until we saw him running away from Celaena, that scene, before Celaena told Nox and Pelor to stay in their rooms, I suspected that Cain was being controlled by Perrington. Hopefully, we get to find out what happened to those soldiers after the king came back from that trip to the White Fang Mountains.\

I had this theory after we found out the king was using magic that he had used all the soldiers for sacrifice to strengthen his abilities or to summon some demon. I never really trusted Nehemia, because of her reaction when she saw those Wyrdmarks and that scene in the library.

Also, what was that mark on Celaena’s forehead? Was it some kind of mark the Fae used? I’m pretty sure that Elena and Celaena are somehow related, because in that dream scene, Elena said “Blood ties can’t be broken” and we know that Elena was part Fae. I also suspect that the reason Celaena’s parents were killed was due to some magic or Wyrdmark thing as they might be part Fae as well.

That is all for this book review, hopefully I get my hands on Crown of Midnight soon, as I’ve heard that it’s a lot of people’s favorite book in the series.

UNPOPULAR OPINIONS BOOK TAG

Disclaimer: I do not mean to offend anyone by making this post. Everyone has their own opinions and I have mine.

This tag was first created by The Book Archer over on YouTube. Click here to watch the original video.

  1. A popular book or series that you didn’t like                                                                                                                      For this, I have to say the Shatter Me trilogy by Tahereh Mafi. I read Shatter Me and it was okay, but I barely got through 100 pages of Unravel Me and I have no intention of continuing this series even though I own all the books. I just really dislike the characters and I don’t understand what the hype about Warner is about. Also, I wasn’t a huge fan of the writing style.
  2. A popular book or series that everyone seems to hate but you love                                                                             I think I’m going with Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick for this. I’ve only read the first book and have to say, really enjoyed it. I haven’t seen a lot of people say that they hate it, but not a lot of people liked this book. Another one that came to mind was Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Magaret Stohl. A lot of people disliked it but on the other hand, I absolutely loved this book.
  3. A love triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did not want them to/an OTP you did not like                                                                                                                                                                                         I also have two choices for this and I’m probably going to offend quite a number of people with this. First, I have Four and Tris from Divergent. They’re both really headstrong and I think that that would somehow be like a barrier for them in their relationship and I just don’t see them together. Next we have Harry and Ginny from Harry Potter. There was very little buildup to their relationship and I would’ve liked them better if they had kind of built up their relationship a few books before.
  4. A popular book genre you hardly reach for
    One genre I hardly reach for would definitely be Paranormal/Paranormal Romance. One example for this is the Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout, which I haven’t yet read. A lot of people enjoy this genre, but I’m not super interested in this particular genre.
  5. A popular or beloved character that you do not like                                                                                                         This one’s pretty simple and I would have to go with Margo Roth Speigelman from Paper Towns. I somehow felt that she was very attention seeking and I just don’t like her as much than compared to many others who have read this book.
  6. A popular author that you can’t seem to get into                                                                                                           That’s going to have to be Benjamin Alire Saenz for me. I tried reading Aristotle and Dante but I didn’t even get through half of it before giving up. I think that his writing style is just not suitable. Also, I did not like the characters and found them annoying at some times.
  7. A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing                                                                                                           Instant love is something I really do not enjoy seeing in books. The probability of that happening in real life is like 0. I mean, you don’t even know that person and you probably just think you love them because they are attractive.
  8. A popular book or series you have no interest in reading                                                                                                  I’m not going to say never read, but probably just not picking it up in the near future. I think I’m going to have to go with the Maze Runner series by James Dashner and the Fifty Shades trilogy by E.L. James. Both of these books have received a lot of controversy and furthermore I’ve been spoiled for the Maze Runner series. Also, I don’t own any of these books, so there’s a lower chance of me picking them up. I also have not read Erotica before, but I might pick it up when I’m older so as to expand my reading circle.
  9. The saying goes “The book is always better than the movie”, but what movie or T.V. show adaptation do you prefer more than the book?                                                                                                                                             This is a pretty new adaptation and that is Paper Towns! I didn’t enjoy the book as much as I thought I would and the movie stuck to the book pretty well, except for the ending, which I thought the movie did better than the book. For the book, it seemed like for the whole book, we were building up to this epic ending, but it kind of just fell flat. The movie did a better job, in my opinion.

FALLING KINGDOMS BY MORGAN RHODES

In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface.

As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed… and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love.

Rating: 4/5 stars

This book was certainly nothing like I expected it to be. I had to admit though, it’s not easy getting into this book and there are just so many characters you need to know and I don’t think it’s a good idea to go into this not knowing much or nothing at all as it is going to be quite confusing for you. I definitely do not recommend it.

The first 100 pages or so of the book weren’t that enjoyable for me, particularly because I was having a difficult time adjusting to the world and trying to understand it’s workings and what not. But the next 3/4 or so of the book completely made up for it. I have to say though, some of the characters I just really dislike.

Overall, the world was built really well and had a strong plot and story line, a great cast of characters. I loved how all of their stories somehow still managed to intertwine with each other although they were all so very different. I wished we had seen more of the Watchers though. By the end of the book, we still don’t know much about them and they’re still all mysterious and stuff like that, and I hope we do get more of them in the following books.


SPOILERS FROM NOW ON

So many deaths! I can’t possibly even imagine how many more people are going to get killed off in the rest of the books in the series. Tobias’s death was a little too quick though. One moment he was alive and the next, he was not. A little too sudden for me.

Also, I still can’t really believe that the Chief of Paelsia actually believed the King of Limeros in that alliance thing against Auranos. I believed for quite sometime that the Chief was actually plotting something against the Limerian King, because that just seems so unbelievable somehow, and that was a main part of the book I didn’t enjoy.

My favorite character definitely has to be Magnus. I feel so sad for him :(( I totally ship Magnus and Lucia. (I don’t really know what’s their ship name, so I just created one: #Macia) It technically isn’t incest, because they’re not related by blood though…so there’s still hope. Also, hopefully, in the next book, we’ll see Magnus aligning himself up together with Cleo and Jonas and possibly Lucia to overthrow his father.

My least favorite character would have to be Cleo. I just disliked her and I felt her relationship with that guard, I forgot what his name was, was a little unnatural. Also, she acted like a spoiled kid and seems like the kind of person who wants to get whatever she wants. And of course, how could we forget Aron. Urgh, he was just the most annoying character ever. However, by the end of the book, she seems to have become more sensible, but at the cost of her family’s life. At this time, I’m simply assuming Aron is dead since he was not mentioned after that little encounter.

Jonas is someone I have very mixed feelings about. I hope we get to see more of him as well in the following books, mainly because he got really few pages, considering he is one of the main characters. I understand his need for revenge after Aron killed his brother, but he was a little impulsive and acted without much thinking.

SCARLET BY MARISSA MEYER

I’m not going to provide a synopsis for this book, because it is the second book in a series after all and I wouldn’t want to spoil anyone who happens to stumble upon this post. For a full synopsis, click here to check it out. Also, if you have not read Scarlet, you can check out my Cinder book review, where there is a non-spoiler and spoiler section.

I gave this book a 4/5 stars and I enjoyed it almost as much as Cinder, but not that much. Basically, I was not that a huge fan of Scarlet, the new character that is introduced, than compared to Cinder. Also, although the plot gets thicker and more interesting, some parts were just not that enjoyable for me.


-spoilers from now on-

I felt that the romance between Scarlet and Wolf felt unnatural and forced at some times mainly because they were like making out after barely knowing each other. Especially since Scarlet didn’t really trust Wolf, and the next, she was all over him.

Also, it’s kind of surprising how Kai still hasn’t figured out that Cinder is actually the princess. Although Thorne did find out in the end, I would think that he would’ve made the connection when he visited that underground room in the farmhouse. Nonetheless, I absolutely loved the friendship between Cinder and Thorne, and they seem like they could go on great adventures together on Thorne’s spaceship. I mean, that would be cool.

My favorite part would definitely be the escaping from the prison part and I loved seeing the friendship between them grow throughout this book. Another favorite part of mine was the ending in the spaceship. Especially the part where Scarlet and Wolf are talking and it was just so cute!

I really loved Iko’s comeback as well, and I think she’s gonna be awesome as a ship and she was like “Scarlet and Wolf are saying gushy things about each other”. I just love Iko. Who doesn’t?

Another part I would’ve loved to see in this book was Dr. Erland. He doesn’t make much of an appearance and I wished that he would’ve been there for Cinder to help her and practice her powers with her. He could also explain to her more of her history and stuff like that, because Dr. Erland is Lunar after all and it seems like everyone just forgot about him in the midst of all this chaos.

I never actually figured out that Wolf and his pack were actually those soldier things from the image in Lunar, until Scarlet figured it out herself. I just never made the connection for some reason.

I still can’t believe Kai actually agreed to marry Queen Levana. I mean, he can’t actually believe that marrying her will solve everything, right? It’s not like Queen Levana will stop attacking Earth just because she formed a marriage alliance with Earth, but instead, I’m sure things will get even worst.

So, that’s all for my thoughts on Scarlet. Hopefully, I’ll pick up Cress soon, so look out for my review X