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Music Monday – 23 September 2019 – Numb – Linkin’ Park

Worst Monday ever! So far that is. Ugh, I overslept, woke up late, had transport problems then got to work super late. *groan* I should have just stayed at home.

I need a totally kickass song for my mood today so Numb it is.

Music Monday is hosted by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. Be sure to check out his awesome blog.

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Posted in Book Blog, Book Reviews

Book Review: The Ten Thousand Doors of January – Alix E. Harrow

Rating: 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Review:

How do you express the extent to which a book amazed you? How do you put it into words? A review seems like too small a thing to show the magnitude to which a story caught at your heart and soul and held it.

This book is set in the early 1900s—the story of a young girl named January Scaller, from her childhood to her teen years. She lives in the mansion of a wealthy man called Mr. Locke as his ward while her father gallivants the world in his employ, searching for unique objects to showcase in his house. Growing up, she’s a precocious little girl who wants to go on adventures like her father. The day she finds her first Door and tells the truth about it, that’s when her life changes forever.

The writing style was amazing, so rich and deep in details, leaving me awestruck. It was so beautiful, a pleasure to read. I found it hard to tear myself away from the book. I wanted to keep reading and reading without even pausing for a breath.

The cover, of course, is fantastic, perfect for this story. At first, I liked January a lot. As a child, she was a wonder to me, with her love for adventure, how she didn’t let anything stand in her way. There were some moments in her teen years that I wished she acted stronger, but I understood why she became that way. After all, when you’re trained to act a certain way, it’s hard to break out of that mold.

The other characters were each fabulous in their own way, like interlocking pieces in a quilt, adding to the larger picture.

The plot-line pushed my mind to soar and escape any boundaries, leaving me stunned and reeling from how the author linked all the scenes with such smooth, seamless flow, connecting every dot, every twist, every event that occurred and culminated in an ending with a nuclear impact.

And the emotions! Oh, this story was about so much wonder, all the possibilities brought on by a Door, so much heartbreak, such pain that could have been avoided. Oh, my heart ached when it all came together.

There are some books that reach deep inside you and stay, broadening your mind and your world. This story opened ten thousand Doors for me and I hope they never close.

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Blurb: In the early 1900s, a young woman searches for her place in the world after finding a mysterious book in this captivating and lyrical debut. In a sprawling mansion filled with peculiar treasures, January Scaller is a curiosity herself. As the ward of the wealthy Mr. Locke, she feels little different from the artifacts that decorate the halls: carefully maintained, largely ignored, and utterly out of place. Then she finds a strange book. A book that carries the scent of other worlds, and tells a tale of secret doors, of love, adventure and danger. Each page turn reveals impossible truths about the world and January discovers a story increasingly entwined with her own.
Posted in Book Blog, Book Reviews

Book Review: To Best the Boys – Mary Weber

Rating: 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Review:

In Caldon, women are viewed as inferior and supposed to just do girly things like cook, clean, or be pretty. Cue in my eye-roll. They don’t go to universities and get a higher education. Every year, a mysterious man in power, Mr. Holm, holds a Harry-Potter style contest in a labyrinth for eligible boys to compete for the scholarship to the all-male Stemwick University while the girls stay behind and cheer them on. The feminist in me really wanted to go Hulk on all those bigots who tried to cage girls into a limited space with only their ideas of the way women should be.

Rhen is a precocious girl stuck in this era. She and her father are desperately trying to find a cure for the disease her mother is slowly succumbing to. But the men in high positions refuse to listen and look into this disease. With no other recourse left, Rhen and her cousin/best friend, Seleni, disguise themselves as boys and enter the competition to show them all that girls are equals and can even best the boys.

The first thing that struck me about this book was the amazing writing. It was forked with a dry wit that I enjoyed very much. Rhen was such a fantastic character. She was strong-willed, everything a girl always wanted to be, taking risks to make her voice heard. She was pretty amazing.

And the love interest, Lute? He was so cute and he was decent, unlike most of the rich boys who have no respect for the poor. I liked him a lot for having the courage and strength to do everything in his power to take care of his family.

The supporting characters were fabulous, and I liked each and every one. The plot-line was intriguing with a hint of mystery and let’s not forget that excellent twist in the end. Some books are written so well, with such original plot-lines, you can’t help but fall for them. That’s what To Best The Boys was for me. This was a gem of a book that I ended up loving more than I’d expected and for a book dragon, isn’t that the best feeling in the world? 😉

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Blurb: The task is simple: don a disguise. Survive the Labyrinth. Best the boys. In a thrilling new fantasy from the bestselling author of the Storm Siren Trilogy, one girl makes a stand against society and enters a world made exclusively for boys. Every year for the past fifty-four years, the residents of Pinsbury Port have received a mysterious letter inviting all eligible-aged boys to compete for an esteemed scholarship to the all-male Stemwick University. The poorer residents look to see if their names are on the list. The wealthier look to see how likely their sons are to survive. And Rhen Tellur opens it to see if she can derive which substances the ink and parchment are created from, using her father’s microscope. In the province of Caldon, where women train in wifely duties and men pursue collegiate education, sixteen-year-old Rhen Tellur wants nothing more than to become a scientist. As the poor of her seaside town fall prey to a deadly disease, she and her father work desperately to find a cure. But when her mum succumbs to it as well? Rhen decides to take the future into her own hands—through the annual all-male scholarship competition. With her cousin, Seleni, by her side, the girls don disguises and enter Mr. Holm’s labyrinth, to best the boys and claim the scholarship prize. Except not everyone is ready for a girl who doesn’t know her place. And not everyone survives the deadly maze. Welcome to the Labyrinth.

Posted in Blog Memes, F is For Friday

F Is For Friday – 20 September 2019

Finally Friday’s here! I’m in bed with yet another cold (won’t this wretched illness ever leave me?), binge-watching Charmed Season 8. What’s everyone doing on this Friday?

I was just talking to Drew a while ago, how living can be so tough. I was just thinking that today. How hard it is. I wonder if everyone feels that way. Sometimes I feel like I’m just surviving instead of actually living. Do any of you go through this too?

Continue reading “F Is For Friday – 20 September 2019”

Posted in Book Blog, Book Tags, Tags

BiblioKdramatics Book Tag

It’s time to create a new book tag. Yay! To all Kdrama lovers out there who are also book dragons (like me), this is for us.

I’m leaving the number of bookish prompts at ten only, so it won’t be a long post to do. However, when you do your tag, if you want to add some of your favorite Kdramas which are not featured in this list, you’re more than welcome to. Just add a corresponding bookish prompt to the Kdrama you want to include and voila!

How to participate in the book tag:
1. Credit the creator of this tag (Me! 😉 ) and link back.
2. Answer the prompts to the best of your ability.
3. Most important of all, enjoy yourself!

1. A Korean Odyssey – (A Wicked, Annoying, Gorgeous Male Character)

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Cardan is wicked, annoying and gorgeous. How can he not fit all 3 criteria? 😉

2. Goblin – Guardian – The Lonely and Great God — (Magic and Mayhem)

IMG_20190827_212113_461.jpgI’m going with Sapphire Flames for this one. The Hidden Legacy series is one of the coolest out there on magic with the most original plot-lines. And the mayhem? Something’s always going boom in the stories lol

3. While You Were Sleeping — (Clairvoyance/Dreams)
24035668._SY475_.jpgAnother of my favorite trilogies by Nora Roberts. Sasha is plagued with clairvoyance and her dreams show her the truth and the future, leaking into her paintings.

4. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo — (Athletes)

I haven’t read these books yet but they look like good YAs on athletes. 🙂

5. W Two Worlds — (Different worlds)

cover-1.jpgI was gonna go with a Nora Roberts series for this prompt but I recently read this gem and how can a book with 10,000 Doors that lead to 10,000 worlds not fit this prompt? 😉

6. The Legend of the Blue Sea — (Mermaids/Past lives)

I was trying to find a story with past lives that fit this Kdrama but I can’t remember so mermaids it is. 😀

7. Moon Lovers – Scarlet Heart Ryeo — (Time Travel/Tragedy)
43558503._SX318_.jpgA powerful Irish sorcerer from the year 1128 sent to the future to fight against vampires. This is one of my favorite trilogies by Nora Roberts. 💙💙💙

8. Healer (2014) — (Illegal Dealings)

Lila and Kell totally fit this prompt. 😀

9. Doctors (2016) — (Revenge)

6431026This was a really great YA Contemporary where the main character lived only for revenge until she learned better. I loved this book!

10. Descendants Of The Sun — (Soldiers/Duty)

Eve Dallas from the In Death series is all about duty and justice. She’s one of the best kickass heroines with the strongest integrity and sense of duty I’ve ever come across. She’s my idol. 💙💙💙

I tag:
1. Lili @ Lili’s Blissful Pages
2. K-Specks @ Metaphors and Miscellanea
3. Donna @ MomsBookCollection
4. Hollis and Micky @ A Take From Two Cities
5. Annie @ Dreaming Of Cats
6. TheEuphoricZat
7. Gwendalyn @ Gwendalyn’s Books

Even if you don’t watch Kdramas, you can still do the book tag. Anyone who wants to try it, feel welcome to. Have fun!

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Update to everyone whose blog I’m following

Hey, you guys, if you’re getting a follow notification from me it’s because I’m enabling notifications for your blogs on my WordPress app.

Does anyone know how to do this without unfollowing and re-following a blog so I can get the “enable notifications” option?

I have to do this so I get a notification on my WordPress app every time any of you are posting.

Apologies for the inconvenience and thank you for bearing with me. Have a nice day!

Posted in Blog Memes, Mental Health, Whatcha Doin' Wednesday

Whatcha Doin’ Wednesday – 18 September 2019

Write this day in history, people – I woke up at 5.50 a.m. today and for once I didn’t feel crappy or sleepy. I was like one of those annoying morning people who always wake up cheery and on-the-go, ready to take on the world. Ha, it lasted till about 10 a.m. Right now, I’m jonesing for some coffee. So I no longer have to worry I might have been body-swapped by pod people. I’m still the same cynical, sarcastic, prickly, cranky kickass crone. I’m good.

How to participate in the meme:
1. Credit the creator of this tag (Me! 😉 ) and link back.
2. Answer the two questions to the best of your ability.
3. Most important of all, enjoy yourself!

Questions:
1. How are you? (How often do we ask or get asked this question with the intent to really know how someone is?)
2. What’s one thing that can inspire you or make you feel good? It can be anything, a person, a book, a poem, a song. A bumper sticker 😉 Continue reading “Whatcha Doin’ Wednesday – 18 September 2019”

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Book Review: The Unhoneymooners – Christina Lauren

Rating: 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Rom-Com

Review:

I picked this book on a whim. It sounded like a nice romantic comedy and a fast read. It was a romantic comedy but it was so much more. I was pleased to find it was better than I’d expected and I’d had no expectations really.

Meet identical twins, Olive and Ami. Ami had all the luck, everything going for her, big fairytale wedding including winning the honeymoon trip to Hawaii, while Olive had all the bad luck, loss of a job, lack of a good love interest. In her mind she’s unlucky in everything. When the entire wedding party gets food poisoning except for Olive and the groom’s brother, Ethan, Ami and her new husband being too sick to go on their honeymoon, they offer the tickets to their respective siblings, Olive and Ethan, who hate each other but neither is willing to give up an all-expenses-paid trip so they put aside their issues with each other and go on the un-honeymoon. Continue reading “Book Review: The Unhoneymooners – Christina Lauren”