Beautiful Quotes #121 / The Dream Thieves

Beautiful Quotes #121 / The Dream Thieves

Beautiful Quotes is a weekly meme hosted by me, where I post some of my favourite quotes. Any other bloggers are welcome to join me in this and just link my blog!

Hello everyone! You may have noticed my blogging has been a little lax the past week or so. I’m okay about it as things have been a very good kind of busy! I have a lot of things I need to pay attention to in the next month or so, and I can’t help it if my blog takes a backseat for a while. I’ll definitely still be doing 3-4 posts a week, however! And I’m sure I’ll post at some point to let you guys know what’s taking up so much of my time.

Anyway, onto today’s book and beautiful quote! It’s from my possible favourite Raven Cycle book, The Dream Thieves. Just thinking about it has made me want to read another fantasy book!

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“In that moment, Blue was a little in love with all of them.
Their magic. Their quest. Their awfulness and strangeness.
Her raven boys.” 
― Maggie Stiefvater, The Dream Thieves

-Beth

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The Sunshine Blogger Award

The Sunshine Blogger Award

First of all, a big thank you to Emily for nominating me! I’ve done this tag a few times over my time as a blogger, but I enjoy doing this one as the questions change every time. So let’s get on with it!

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Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award in your post/or on your blog?

11 Questions from Emily

1.Which fictional character do you think best represents you?

I’m probably a cross between Hermione Granger and Luna Lovegood (and also Tessa from The Infernal Devices). I think Hermione reflects most bookworms out there, but I’m definitely a little more eccentric than her!

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2. Which fictional character do you love, but think would be horrible in real life?

AIDAN from The Illuminae Files is definitely one of my favourite villains, and he has a heart in there somewhere! But I’d be way too scared to meet him in real life (or, like, be in the ship he controls).

3. What’s one of your favourite blog posts that you would like to receive a little more love? (Because I want to give it more love!).

The thing I’m most proud of is definitely my bookmark Etsy shop, but seconding that is the masterlist of every book I own! I also still reflect back on my review for A Very Large Expanse of Sea.

4. Do you tend to read only one book at a time, or multiple?

I’m definitely a one-book-at-a-time reader, however I will pick up a non-fiction/uni related book while reading a fiction.

5. Do you ever listen to audiobooks? If so, what do you like about them? If not, why not?

I’ve actually never listened to an audiobook in my life. I don’t know, I just don’t see it being for me. I love physical books so much. However I do see why other people love them so much and I should definitely give them a go sometime!

6. What are you reading at the moment? Are you enjoying it?

Interestingly, I’ve picked up East of Eden by John Steinbeck. I told my lovely boyfriend Josh that he could pick a book for me to read after I finished all my Cassandra Clare books. He recommended me this, and even though I don’t really read classics I’m actually enjoying it!

7. Do you have a favourite genre? If so, what is it?

At the moment it’s definitely YA/NA fantasy. I used to be a contemporary/romance girl, but I love fantasy at the moment!

8. Who gave you your love of reading?

It’s just something I’ve done as long as I remember – my mum read to me and my brother when we were children, starting with simple Mr Men books and then Enid Blyton. I’ve read since I could read, and I used to love Roald Dahl! However, my grandad also loves reading and reads about as much as me (if not more).

9. What’s your favourite way to relax?

If it’s not picking up a book, I love playing a game. At the moment, Stardew Valley is still my go-to game, especially to relax. If I’m stressed out or upset however, I turn to the kitchen and bake!

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10. Are there any characters in one of your favourite books that you really don’t like?

It took me a long time to like Jessamine from The Infernal Devices – but I think that’s intentional on Cassie’s part.

11. Do you read nonfiction? If so, what do you like reading the best?

Yes I guess so! I devour everything Harry Potter, including behind the scenes and making of the movies. I also have a specific love for travel books, and I read about photography as it’s the subject I’m currently studying at university.

My nominations

  1. Lori’s Bookshelf Reads
  2. Rustic Pages
  3. Kristin Kraves Books
  4. Aqua Pages
  5. A Book a Thought
  6. Kerri the Book Belle
  7. Books and Bubble Tea
  8. Whimsy Pages
  9. Brianna the Bookworm
  10. A Court of Coffee and Books
  11. Geronimo Reads

My questions

  1. When do you read more, day or night?
  2. How many unread books do you own?
  3. Which 2019 release are you super excited for?
  4. Which authors are on your auto-buy list?
  5. Which book do you hate/dislike and everyone loves?
  6. Name a book or series you’d love to see as a movie or TV show.
  7. How many books are too many in a series?
  8. Name your favourite bookish group of friends.
  9. Which book(s) do you have fond memories of?
  10. What’s your favourite bookish map?
  11. Other than reading, what do you love to do?

Thank you for reading and I hope you decide to join me in this tag!

-Beth

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La Chamade. Book Review #56

Hey everyone!

La Chamade by Francoise Sagan is a 1965 contemporary novella that follows Lucille and Antoine in post-war Paris – two lovers who leave their older and richer partners so they can spend their days roaming the city, learning of each other and life.

I deeply enjoyed this book. Certainly La Chamade is an adult novel but it reads very much like a new adult contemporary; at its core it is a love story. Love is an ambivalent, evasive force in the translation I read of the novel. Sagan gives the young and beautiful Antoine and Lucille an irresistible kind of love that feels limitless and invulnerable. I think one of the reasons I enjoyed La Chamade so much is because of how simply happy the pair are – Sagan does something very rare in offering the reader a happily ever after in a modern romance story – (don’t worry this is no spoiler – the ending is refreshingly confusing). I certainly felt I was swept up in the glamour and pleasure of 1950s Paris, partly because of the author’s skill in world building but also because of the way love was intertwined with every cafe and street corner described. Sagan’s Paris is a romantic one.

I would recommend this book if you are looking for something that is luxurious, uplifting but also complex and challenging!

Keep on reading!

And thanks again Beth.

T5W: Spring YA Reads

T5W: Spring YA Reads

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey and Samantha. You get a new topic every Wednesday, and you list your Top 5 books related to that topic. If you’d like to take part, join the Goodreads group, and add your name to the list of bloggers & booktubers!

Hi readers! This Top 5 Wednesday we’re talking about Spring books. For me, spring reads are contemporaries or romance, YA, and light and fluffy after the winter gloom. I definitely transition between more contemporary in the summer, and fantasy in the winter.

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Honestly, all Matson books would be perfect for the warmer seasons – but I think Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour and Second Chance Summer are vacation/summer reads, so I went with this one.

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My Life Next Door was one of my favourite reads of 2018, when I was starting to find contemporary a little predictable. However, this one still stood out for me as a really great read, and that’s why I’m including it!

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This book is definitely one of my favourites of all time – and it’s perfect for spring.

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I’ve heard very mixed reviews about Alex, Approximately, but I loved it. It’s definitely cheesy and predictable, but the setting and story embody summer romance.

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Of course spring is very much about new beginnings and blossoming starts. I think both Nicola Yoon’s books are perfect – but I wanted to include The Sun is Also a Star to celebrate it becoming a movie!

Which books do you love to read in spring?

-Beth

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Beautiful Quotes #120 / Unconventional

Beautiful Quotes #120 / Unconventional

Beautiful Quotes is a weekly meme hosted by me, where I post some of my favourite quotes. Any other bloggers are welcome to join me in this and just link my blog!

Hey readers! Today’s Beautiful Quote is from a book I haven’t read in a while and I’d love to re-read, which I’ve been thinking about as I wrote a post called ‘Books I Want to Re-read‘ yesterday on the blog.

I also thought of this book as I’m attending a convention on Sunday and today I booked to go to YALC this summer for all 3 days! I’ve attended the Young Adult Literature Convention before and loved it, but I’ve only attended for one day at a time. Being there for the whole thing will be super special for me!

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“Funny things, words. Big words, small words; words that are bigger on the inside and packed tight with feeling. They can make us fall in love, and they can break our hearts and we’re powerless against them.” 
― Maggie Harcourt, Unconventional

-Beth

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Let’s Discuss! Books I Want to Re-read

Let’s Discuss! Books I Want to Re-read

As a reader, I’ve found that I’m definitely one of those people that forgets most of the things that happen in books over time. I guess after you’ve read 50 books, the 1st you read kind of fades into the background. So there are some books I read like 2 or 3 years (or 100+ books ago) that I want to rekindle the love for! It was hard to split it down to just these few.

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Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.
Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.
When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

This is definitely one of those books I’m scared to re-read in case I don’t love it as much as I did the first time, because this book is so significant for me. It completely kickstarted my love for YA, and I actually cried when I met Jennifer Niven a few years ago. But it means so much that I definitely want to attempt it again someday soon.

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Natalie Cleary must risk her future and leap blindly into a vast unknown for the chance to build a new world with the boy she loves. 
Natalie’s last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start… until she starts seeing the “wrong things.” They’re just momentary glimpses at first—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a pre-school where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn’t right.
That’s when she gets a visit from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls “Grandmother,” who tells her: “You have three months to save him.” The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it’s as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau.

I read this book when it was released, and adored it so much I even wrote an open letter to the author. She responded to it, which is definitely a highlight of my time as a blogger so far!

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Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. . . .
A convict with a thirst for revenge
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager
A runaway with a privileged past
A spy known as the Wraith
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes
Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

I adored Six of Crows, but I think I would have loved it even more if I’d have read the Grisha trilogy first. So I’m planning on buying and reading that soon and giving this one another go!

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This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.
The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.
But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

I loved Illuminae as a standalone, but unfortunately I really didn’t like the rest of the series. However, I definitely want to re-read this and pretend it’s only one book, haha.

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Jude and her twin Noah are close until a tragedy drives them apart. Now they are barely speaking – and both are falling for boys they can’t have. Love’s complicated.

This book was honestly so amazing, I cried at the end just because I was so overwhelmed with love for it. It’s definitely one I want to pick up again!

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Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi’s wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.
She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.

I read this book so so long ago that I don’t remember much (if anything) that happens. But I’d still love to continue with the series so a re-read is in order!

Which books would you like to re-read?

-Beth

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Review: Queen of Air and Darkness (#3) by Cassandra Clare

Review: Queen of Air and Darkness (#3) by Cassandra Clare
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Innocent blood has been spilled on the steps of the Council Hall, the sacred stronghold of the Shadowhunters. In the wake of the tragic death of Livia Blackthorn, the Clave teeters on the brink of civil war. One fragment of the Blackthorn family flees to Los Angeles, seeking to discover the source of the disease that is destroying the race of warlocks. Meanwhile, Julian and Emma take desperate measures to put their forbidden love aside and undertake a perilous mission to Faerie to retrieve the Black Volume of the Dead. What they find in the Courts is a secret that may tear the Shadow World asunder and open a dark path into a future they could never have imagined. Caught in a race against time, Emma and Julian must save the world of Shadowhunters before the deadly power of the parabatai curse destroys them and everyone they love.

I can’t believe that this is the longest book I’ve ever read, and yet it didn’t feel like it! It felt quicker than Lord of Shadows for sure, even though it took me over a week to get through. Honestly, the pacing and intricacy of this book made it fly by, and I think that’s definitely due to the constant switching between characters and worlds.

It would be impossible for me to write this review without mentioning how inclusive The Dark Artifices is. I was surprised to find I enjoyed reading about a polyamorous relationship (personally, I can’t see myself ever being in something like that), and we also had autism, LGBT, mental health, racial diversity and gender representation. It honestly baffles me how Clare manages to write these issues into an already complex and intense world.

“Grief can be so bad you can’t breathe, but that’s what it means to be human.”

So many characters yet again, and of course the additions of some more! But I loved them all so much and I find it amazing how each person fills a part of the story. Also, having read The Infernal Devices and The Mortal Instruments made me love this book even more, because seeing all of the characters just warms my heart.

I have to say Clare definitely has a plot that repeats itself in many of these books. I always find them (and the endings) quite similar, and I always know I’m going to end on a big happy event. But I’ve got to say, I still love reading them so much, and I still end up with soppy tears in my eyes (or sometimes streaming down my face).

“We lose, we suffer, but we have to keep breathing.”

And I have to say I loved the illustrations throughout this book! They really added something to the story, and gave me significant places to read towards. Again, family dynamics are awesome and I love how the friendships are so valued in these books.

Overall without spoiling anything I have to say this book was a beautiful ending to such an intricate series I just fell in love with.

★★★★★
5 out of 5 stars

-Beth

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