Beautiful Quotes #114 / The Language of Thorns

Beautiful Quotes #114 / The Language of Thorns

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!

Hi all! I’ve had a pretty busy week considering I haven’t been at uni – I’ve spent it catching up with friends and visiting my lovely grandparents. I’m back home now, and I start back at uni tomorrow. I’ve really enjoyed my break but I am looking forward to going back too!

I’ve also been reading a lot and I finished City of Heavenly Fire last night. I can’t believe it only took me a month to finish the whole of The Mortal Instruments! Anyway, I picked up King of Scars this morning, and it reminded me of one of my favourite books of last year – The Language of Thorns. My review is here, and you can see a beautiful quote from this beautiful book below.

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“This is the problem with making a thing forbidden. It does nothing but build an ache in the heart.” 
― Leigh Bardugo, The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic

-Beth

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Stacking the Shelves #80

Stacking the Shelves #80

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! This week has been a great one for my bookshelf, for it has been blessed with King of Scars! I ordered a signed, hardback limited edition back in November, so before I started my book-buying ban. I was so excited when I picked it up from the store the other day!

I’ve read the Six of Crows duology and The Language of Thorns but not the Grisha trilogy. But I’m going to be buddy reading King of Scars with my lovely friend Courtney very soon – once I’ve finished City of Heavenly Fire!

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Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.
Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried—and some wounds aren’t meant to heal. 

Have you bought any new books recently?

-Beth

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January Wrap-Up and February TBR

January Wrap-Up and February TBR

Welcome to my first Wrap-Up and TBR of the year! January isn’t exactly my favourite month of the year, but it’s been a successful reading month for me once again so I’m happy. Here’s the 6 books I read in the past month!

Books I Read in January

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My least favourite book of the month was My True Love Gave to Me and my favourite was City of  Glass!

Books I Bought in January

Harry Potter Page to Screen – Bob McCabe
King of Scars – Leigh Bardugo

I’ve been on a book-buying ban since early December and it’s actually going really well! The Harry Potter Page to Screen book was a Christmas present and King of Scars was a preorder from back in November – so I’m still sticking to the ban 😉

Books I Want to Read in February

King of Scars – Leigh Bardugo
Tales of the Shadowhunter Academy – Cassandra Clare
Lady Midnight (#1) – Cassandra Clare
Lord of Shadows (#2) – Cassandra Clare
Queen of Air and Darkness (#3) – Cassandra Clare

I’m pretty serious about my February TBR as I’m meeting Cassandra Clare late in the month and I really want to read as many of her books as possible before then.

What did you read in January?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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T5W: Bookish Pop Funkos I Want

T5W: Bookish Pop Funkos I Want

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 everyone! Today was a freebie, so I thought it would be really fun to tell you all about some bookish Pops I really want. I only have a small collection at the moment, so I think it’s time to slowly expand and here’s some I’d like!

Pop! TV: Game of Thrones - Ghost
Pop! TV: Game of Thrones - Drogon
Pop! TV: Game of Thrones - White Walker
Pop! TV: Game of Thrones - Jon Snow

I love the Game of Thrones TV show and I’m so excited for season 8! I haven’t read the books yet as I don’t have them all but I definitely love these Pops.

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Another book I haven’t actually read yet but the franchise/story is so awesome! How cool is this Mad Hatter Pop?

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Pop! Movies: Harry Potter - Albus Dumbledore
Pop Movies: Fantastic Beasts 2 - Newt Scamander (w/Chase)

The collection I’m most serious about is definitely my Harry Potter collection. Most merch I can leave, but these Pops (and Harry Potter Lego) has my heart ❤

On a non-bookish level, I’m also looking at getting Friends Pops!

Which Pop Funkos do you want in your collection?

-Beth

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Review: City of Lost Souls (#5) by Cassandra Clare

Review: City of Lost Souls (#5) by Cassandra Clare
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When Jace and Clary meet again, Clary is horrified to discover that the demon Lilith’s magic has bound her beloved Jace together with her evil brother Sebastian, and that Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is out to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. As Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle wheedle and bargain with Seelies, demons, and the merciless Iron Sisters to try to save Jace, Clary plays a dangerous game of her own. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost?

I can’t believe I’m about to start the last book of The Mortal Instruments, as it’s now gotten to the point that I cannot imagine leaving Clary, Jace and their friends and families behind.

It took me only four days to read this wonder, as the pages just flew by. Once I’d gotten into this story, there was no way to get me back out again. I’ve loved all of the books so far, but again, this one stood out for me. Like City of Glass (which still stands as my favourite so far), City of Lost Souls is set in places other than New York. And it fits the story so well to travel, to see these people in beautiful places all over the world.

““I never cared,” he said.”

Again, the characters did not let me down. I’m going to guess that I’m not spoiling things for anyone if I say I ship Magnus and Alec. Honestly, those two have become one of my favourite couples of all time, and I loved their scenes in this book.

I adored how deeply the plot was interwoven with the characters and their relationships. I think that’s the reason why I flipped through this one so quickly, because I couldn’t help but need to know what was going to happen to the characters. Clary, once again, grows and matures in this book and I found she came across as such a strong young woman. I loved the emotional scenes between numerous characters, especially a specific scene between Clary and ‘real’ Jace which brought tears to my eyes.

““I wanted you anyway. I always wanted you.””

Overall, this book had so much substance and complexity that made it so compulsive! I’m definitely hyped to start City of Heavenly Fire despite it’s size and the smaller size of the text in my copy!

★★★★★ 
5 out of 5 stars

-Beth

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Beautiful Quotes #113 / The Knife of Never Letting Go

Beautiful Quotes #113 / The Knife of Never Letting Go

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!

Hi everyone! My week has consisted of catching up with friends and unfortunately being ill 😦 I’m on the mend now though, and still working on that big surprise coming soon!

Today’s beautiful quote comes from a book I read a long, long time ago but was reminded of last night. I saw a list of book to movie adaptations for 2019, and I was so happy to see this book on it! I adored this series, and it’ll be so exciting to see this made into a film.

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“War is like a monster,” he says, almost to himself. “War is the devil. It starts and it consumes and it grows and grows and grows.” He’s looking at me now. “And otherwise normal men become monsters, too.” 
― Patrick Ness, 
The Knife of Never Letting Go

Which movie adaptations are you excited for this year?

-Beth

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Let’s Discuss! Books I Didn’t Get To in 2018

Let’s Discuss! Books I Didn’t Get To in 2018

With posts about the previous year, I have a rule: you can do it until the end of January. And I still have a couple of year wrap-ups I want to do so here we are! Today I’m going to tell you about a few books I really wanted to get to in 2018, and I hope to finally read this year.

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Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.

I’ve owned this book pretty much since the release, and yet I couldn’t get into it when I finally picked it up last year. I honestly hate that I didn’t carry on at the time, but now I have the chance to meet the author in March, I really feel like it’s time to pick this one up!

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Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back. Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

I actually watched the movie before reading the book with this one, and I absolutely loved it! I’m determined to get around to reading the book soon.

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Beatrice Prior is on the brink of a decision that will change her life. In a society divided into factions all are forced to choose where they belong. And the choice Tris makes shocks everyone, including herself. Once decisions are made, the new members are forced to undergo extreme initiation tests with devastating consequences. As their experience transforms them, Tris must determine who her friends are – and if the man who both threatens and protects her is really on her side. Because Tris has a deadly secret. And as growing conflict threatens to unravel their seemingly perfect society, this secret might save those Tris loves… or it might destroy her.

This is another book I’ve committed a bookworm sin for – I’ve now watched all of the movies and I haven’t picked up a single book. My boyfriend bought us the boxed set a year ago though, so I’m determined to read them this year.

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In the small college town of Morganville, vampires and humans lived in (relative) peace—until all the rules got rewritten when the evil vampire Bishop arrived, looking for the lost book of vampire secrets. He’s kept a death grip on the town ever since. Now an underground resistance is brewing, and in order to contain it, Bishop must go to even greater lengths. He vows to obliterate the town and all its inhabitants—the living and the undead. Claire Danvers and her friends are the only ones who stand in his way. But even if they defeat Bishop, will the vampires ever be content to go back to the old rules, after having such a taste of power?

I started this series years ago. I mean years ago. And I desperately need to continue with this series as I only need ONE book to complete my set now!

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In a secret world where half-angel warriors called Shadowhunters are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word. A parabatai is your best friend and battle partner. Parabatai can be everything to each other–but they can never fall in love.
Emma Carstairs ia a Shadowhunter, the best in her generation. Together with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Loa Angeles, where faeries–the most powerful of supranatural creatures–teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When bodies–both faerie and human-turn up, bearing marks that match those found on Emma’s own murdered parents, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge–and Julian’s chance to get back to his brother, a prisoner of the faerie Courts. All they have to do is solve the murders within two weeks… and before the murderer target them.

Another book that’s been sat on my shelf since release – but I couldn’t read because I knew I had to read the rest of Cassandra Clare’s books first. Now I only have City of Heavenly Fire left, and I’m so excited to pick up this series after!

-Beth

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