Nope Book Tag

Nope Book Tag

Yay I love tags! And being tagged for things always makes me smile. Thank you Lori from Lori’s Bookshelf Reads for tagging me for the Nope Book Tag. I’m so excited for this (complaining about books I didn’t like is always fun) so let’s get started!

Nope Ending:
A book that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage, or simply because the ending was terrible.

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I mean honestly, what did I expect. But still, Adam Silvera, you break my heart. As much as I love this book, it still has to fit into this topic!

Nope Protagonist:
A main character you dislike and drives you crazy.

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I do not think I have ever disliked a main character with such an intensity as this one.

Nope Popular Pairing:
A “ship” you don’t support.

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Juliette and Warner. I will never support these two.

Nope Protagonist action/decision:
A character decision that made you shake your head.

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I do want to give this series another go, but I don’t agree with who she ends up with so I’m so torn!

Nope Genre:
A genre you will never read.

I have to agree with Lori and say books written in stanzas or poetry format!

Nope Book Format:
A book format you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition.

Unfortunately, ebooks. I don’t hate them or have anything against people who read them, but I don’t have an ereader, so reading ebooks on my phone/PC gives me headaches.

Nope Trope:
A trope that makes you go nope.

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I’m only using this as an example because you guys should know how much I adore the Shadowhunter books, but brother/sister romances.

Nope Recommendation: A book recommendation that is constantly hyped and pushed at you that you simply refuse to read.

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I keep seeing this book everywhere but it just doesn’t interest me!

Nope Cliché/pet peeve:
A cliché or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes.

Characters being excused for their actions because they’re ‘special’ in some way.

Nope Love Interest:
The love interest that’s not worthy of being one/a character you don’t think should have been a viable love interest.

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Either of these. Another popular book I really didn’t enjoy!

Nope Book:
A book that shouldn’t have existed.

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This book and the last one should never have been written.

Nope Villain
A scary villain/antagonist you would hate to cross and would make you run in the opposite direction.

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Sebastian all the way.

Nope Death
A character death that still haunts you.

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Nope Author
An author you have had a bad experience reading and have decided to quit.

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I don’t exactly hide how much I hate this book (hence my review, 13 Reasons Why I Hated It), and there is no way in hell I will pick up another of his books.

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-Beth

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Stacking the Shelves #85

Stacking the Shelves #85

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga where we share books we’ve bought this week. Find out more and join in here!

Hi guys! Sorry I haven’t been around the past few days, I honestly have no excuse apart from getting over my illness but I’m back 🙂

I have another book to talk about today which was a gift from my lovely friend Chloe! She offered me Flame in the Mist, which I gratefully accepted as I absolutely loved The Wrath and the Dawn when I read it years ago! I think it’s going to be a while until I manage to read this, but I’m excited for it.

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The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place–she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor’s favorite consort–a political marriage that will elevate her family’s standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.
Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the Black Clan and track down those responsible for the target on her back. Once she’s within their ranks, though, Mariko finds for the first time she’s appreciated for her intellect and abilities. She even finds herself falling in love–a love that will force her to question everything she’s ever known about her family, her purpose, and her deepest desires.

-Beth

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T5W: Underrated Fantasy and Sci-Fi

T5W: Underrated Fantasy and Sci-Fi

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey. 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 all! So I’m definitely going off-topic with this one as we were meant to be talking about creatures from sci-fi and fantasy books. But that’s a topic I struggle with and we did a similar one late last year, so I’m going to do underrated fantasy and sci-fi instead!

All of these books (aside from the last one, which has just over 20,000), have under 10,000 ratings on Goodreads.

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I loved this book so much when I read it. It’s an underrated dystopia, and is about a cult/religious group. Such a unique concept, and one I loved so much!

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I cannot even tell you how much I adored this book. It blew my mind, and I can’t wait to hopefully re-read it soon as it’s been too long!

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Lauren James is by far my favourite sci-fi author, so she deserves to have 2 books on this list, okay? Okay.

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A romance book that includes time travel? Hell yes. Another one I’m due for a re-read soon.

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Of course this one might not be quite so underrated, it’s Leigh Bardugo for gods sakes, but I had to mention it. If you love fantasy and short stories, this is the book for you. It was one of my favourite reads of 2018!

Which underrated fantasy and sci-fi books do you love?

-Beth

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Review: Lord of Shadows (#2) by Cassandra Clare

Review: Lord of Shadows (#2) by Cassandra Clare
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Emma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she’d be at peace. But she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for her parabatai Julian and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, she has begun dating his brother, Mark. But Mark has spent the past five years trapped in Faerie; can he ever truly be a Shadowhunter again?
And the faerie courts are not silent. The Unseelie King is tired of the Cold Peace, and will no longer concede to the Shadowhunters’ demands. Caught between the demands of faerie and the laws of the Clave, Emma, Julian, and Mark must find a way to come together to defend everything they hold dear—before it’s too late. 

Of course I adored this book – how could I not? But I also feel as though I’ve been reading this forever. I don’t know why, but I think this is by far the longest it’s taken me to get through any Cassie Clare book. And I know it’s really long, but it surprised me how the pages didn’t seem to be flying by quite as quickly as I expected them to.

That being said, I still think this is a brilliant continuation of the Lady Midnight. It’s complex, with travels around the world (and other worlds) and contained so much depth as usual. The addition of yet more characters felt necessary and so brilliantly done. I just love how Clare can make us feel sympathy for even the most unlikely of people.

“Everyone is afraid of something. We fear things because we value them. We fear losing people because we love them.”

The variation of scenes, especially in the second half of the book, really did make some of the pages fly. I loved reading scenes set in Cornwall, then London, then Idris, then Faerie.

But…I need to talk about Faerie. I don’t know, I just feel like although my heart is absolutely bursting with love there is some small thing that didn’t click for me while I was reading it? I think that’s a lot to do with this being one of the only books I’ve ever read with Fae and the Fae lands in it, and for some reason my head just found it hard to get around (on top of being really sick at the moment).

“We fear dying because we value being alive. Don’t wish you didn’t fear anything. All that would mean is that you didn’t feel anything.”

I just feel like I’m loving this book a little bit more now looking back than I was during, and in retrospect I definitely feel like I can appreciate it just that little bit more! Overall, I thought this was a great sequel, and I’m so excited to pick up Queen of Air and Darkness. I just don’t know why it took me a while to read!

★★★★ 
4.5 out of 5 stars

-Beth

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Beautiful Quotes #118 / Clockwork Angel

Beautiful Quotes #118 / Clockwork Angel

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 everyone 🙂 So my weekly update is that I’m sick. I’ve been pretty ill the past few days (don’t worry it’s just a bug I’ll hopefully get over in a few days), but that does mean lots of time for reading and playing games! So alongside playing Stardew Valley a lot, I’ve also been reading Lord of Shadows. I love The Dark Artifices, but reading about London again has made me miss The Infernal Devices so much!

So here’s a quote from Clockwork Angel, because I’m massively nostalgic for steampunk, Victorian, Shadowhunter London.

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“Do reasons matter when there’s nothing that can be done to change things?” 
― Cassandra Clare, 
Clockwork Angel

-Beth

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Stacking the Shelves #84

Stacking the Shelves #84

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga where we share books we’ve bought this week. Find out more and join in here!

Hi everyone a day late! I’m really not very well at the moment, so unfortunately it’s taking me a while to do things and I’m spending a lot of time reading and playing games. I mean, that’s pretty cool, but not when you’re also being sick.

Enough about that and onto the book! My dear friend Chloe offered me some books recently, and I thought I’d tell you about one this week! I’d been eyeing up this book for a while, so when she offered it to me I jumped at the chance. Thank you Chloe!

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Fourteen-year-old Calum Brooks has big dreams. One day, he’ll escape this boring life and write movies, proper ones, with massive budgets and A-list stars. For now though, he’s stuck coping alone while his dad works away, writing scripts in his head and trying to stay “in” with his gang of mates at school, who don’t like new kids, especially foreign ones. But when his father’s new Polish girlfriend and her son, Sergei, move in, Calum’s is actually sharing a room with “the enemy!” How’s he going to explain that? Yet when Calum is knocked down in a hit and run and breaks both legs, everything changes. Trapped at home, Calum and Sergei slowly start to understand each other, and even work together to investigate a series of local break-ins. But Calum can’t help feeling like Sergei’s hiding something. Is he really trying to help, or cover up his own involvement in the crime? 

Did you buy or receive any books this week?

-Beth

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February Wrap-Up and March TBR

February Wrap-Up and March TBR

I definitely didn’t read as many books in February but I did a good job at sticking to my TBR for a change! Here are the 5 books I read last month.

Books I Read in February

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All of these were very highly rated for me and it’s impossible to choose a favourite! I guess I had a good month 🙂

Books I Received in February

A Curse So Dark and Lonely – Bridget Kemmerer

I didn’t buy any books this month as I’m still on a book ban, but my lovely friend Dani kindly gave me this book.

Books I Want to Read in March

Queen of Air and Darkness (#3) – Cassandra Clare
The Bane Chronicles – Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson

I definitely want to finish The Dark Artifices and The Bane Chronicles in March, and then I’m going to read whatever I feel like.

What did you read in February and what’s your March TBR?

-Beth

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