Characters You’d Invite to Your New Year’s Eve Party

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December 28th – Characters You’d Invite to Your New Year’s Eve Party

Pretty self explanatory. Who would you want to your NYE bash and why?

1. Dorian Havilliard (Throne of Glass)

Dorian knows how to enjoy parties, he’s a charming young man and I’m sure most female guests would appreciate his presence.

2. Rose Hathaway (Vampire Academy)

She’d be the party animal of the group and she’s damn funny. Rose would be a great guest to have at a party, she’d definitely boost the mood.

3. Captain Carswell Thorne (The Lunar Chronicles)

Thorne loves trouble and a good time. He’d appreciate a party more than the rest of the group for sure.

4. Isabelle Lightwood (The Mortal Instruments)

We know she can dance and she is the best of the group to have fun with. I could never throw a party and not invite Isabelle.

5. Jesper Fahey (Six of Crows)

Jesper loves fun, but more than fun Jesper loves gambling and games. What’s a party without some card games to keep the spirits up?

Honorable Mention

6. Magnus Bane

He’s the party. His charm and love for the best things in life make him a guest you would want to have at all your parties. He’d probably organise it himself. Flamboyant and luxurious would be key words to describe a party organised by the one and only Magnus Bane.

The Blue Moon Narthex

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Read on: 23/12/2016

Rating: ★★★ 3.4/5

Release date: February 7th 2017

Publisher: Concierge Marketing Inc.

*I got this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Cole is a 13 year-old boy who misses his father, a mysterious figure throughout the book. The story starts with Cole waiting for his dad at the train station, eager to spend the summer days with him. A tragedy occurs when the train doesn’t stop and crashes instead. Soon after the tragedy, a whole different side of Cole’s late father is unveiled, leading to Cole finding out his father was, in fact, part of an association which fights the evil in the world.

I was quite intrigued by the synopsis, the promise of a new exciting world brought me back memories of Harry Potter, which I’m positive was a very big influence on the author to write this story. The trio in The Blue Moon Narthex resembles the Harry Potter trio a lot. Cole is basically the chosen one, special, like his dad, and he is greatly skilled in sliding even though he had never done it before or had any training. Sophie loves books and seeks knowledge, but unlike Hermione, she’s not adamant on following rules. Britten is not very bright, loves trouble and adventure. Britten might be the most different one from its counterpart as Ron is not adventurous, although neither has much interest in reading.

These clear similarities to Harry Potter, although they did bother me a little, they didn’t stop me from enjoying the book. I particularly liked the world building, as the characters are not witches but something else entirely. Coreseum reminded me of Idris in the Shadowhunter world, which I quite liked. The idea of a parallel society existing without our knowledge always intrigued me.

However, some things didn’t work in my opinion. The trio acted older than 13 year olds would and certainly thought older as well. The three main characters also very one dimensional so it’s hard to relate to them on a deeper level. There’s still a lot we don’t know about the KSL which I think should have been explained in the first installment, such as the true extent of their powers. We know they fight the evil, they slide but what then? Neve once was mentioned any special gear created to fight, only to help them slide and prevent falls. Too many names are mentioned in the first installment, I couldn’t keep up. I only the remember a few which had a bigger impact on Cole’s life, I found myself not knowing who half of those characters were and what they did.

I think young teenagers would enjoy this more than I did, I couldn’t stop myself from comparing it to Harry Potter. I do believe it has a lot of potential, there is room for the development of both the characters and the world.

Fictional Items You’d Give as Gifts

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December 21st – Fictional Items You’d Give as Gifts

We’ve talked about fictional items we’ve wanted for ourselves before, but in the holiday spirit, what fictional items would you give to friends and family?

1. Time Turner (Harry Potter)

I’m pretty sure everyone would love to have a Time Turner if only to get a chance to experience certain moments more than once.

2. Vortex Manipulator (Doctor Who)

Ever wanted to go back to Italian Renessaince? I have and this would be a perfect gift for me and some of my friends who share my opinion.

3. Invisibility Cloak (Harry Potter)

Out of all the Harry Potter items, this one is probably the best and I’m pretty sure more people would agree.

4. Flying Magic Carpet (One Thousand and One Nights)

For someone who loves to travel, this one is the perfect gift and I wish I had one of my own.

5. Silver Shoes (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz)

You may notice a pattern here, traveling items. I think they are the best gifts because most people dream of traveling but money can sometimes be a problem.

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6. Bowtruckle (Harry Potter)

I’m afraid if I could I’d gift everyone with Harry Potter items. This one is not an item but a creature. After watching Fantastic Beasts I’ve been in love with Picket. How cool would it be to have it as a pet? I think it would be the perfect gift for my boyfriend as he never had a pet before and he’s wary of animals in general.

7. Kell’s Coat (A Darker Shade of Magic)

I mean, it changes colours, how awesome is that?

 

The Hating Game

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Read on: 04/12/2016

Rating: ★★★★ 4.3/5

“It’s a corporate truth universally acknowledged that workers would rather eat rat skeletons than participate in group activities.”

The book starts with Lucy telling us about her work life. After the publishing company she works for decides to merge with another company, as both were slowly sinking on their own, Lucy has to share her office with the executive assistant of the other company, whom she passionately hates, Josh Templeman. The two sit across each other and every day find ways to either mock or torment one another. Their childish behaviour in their workplace doesn’t affect their performance but when it is announced that one of them could have a promotion their rivalry heightens to a whole new level. Or does it?

If you’re looking for a funny and entertaining book, this one is perfect. Love-hate relationship, lots of drama and a quirky and relatable main character. Personally, I saw a lot of myself in Lucy, I try hard to make people like me, even if I’m not conscious about it most of the time, and I love books. Joshua’s relationship wit Lucy reminded me so much of my first and all-time favourite ship (Dramione) that I devoured the book in a day. I just couldn’t put it down.

However, I’d like to point out a couple things which I think could have been better explored. Both of the main characters are pretty much two-dimensional and we don’t see much of their lives outside of their workplace, somehow it all leads back to their relationship. It’s unrealistic that neither of them has friends outside of their workplace (they don’t really have any friends at work anyway), and that Lucy only talks to her parents, even if she lost a best-friend recently. It also took a long time for them to actually do much of anything together, half way into the book this was starting to bother me a little.

Overall, I quite enjoyed this book, it was probably my favourite contemporary this year and it got me back into reading, which is great after weeks of working on university assessments.

AWESOME GIVEAWAY

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So I found this awesome Giveaway which I think would interest a lot of you guys cause they’re giving away hardcover YA books. Here’s the link if you’re interested. It looks like a great opportunity for those who are lucky to be selected. Good luck everyone 🙂

Series That Got Worse with Each Book/Season

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December 14th – Series That Got Worse with Each Book/Season

I opened this topic up to TV as well (which T5W is always open to by the way if you can’t think of book answers), but I think this topic is especially good for books and TV. What series started out strong but got increasingly worse with each book?

1. Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas

Last year it was one of my favourite series ever, I managed to get over the fact that I didn’t like where she was heading as I read Heir of Fire but Queen of Shadows made its way into my hands and I couldn’t take it anymore. I can handle a lot of stuff, but not watching Chaol being made into a jerk to suit another ship. I haven’t read Empire of Storms yet, it’s on the shelf waiting. Maybe next year I’ll read it.

2. The Selection series by Kiera Cass

The main problem with this series was trying to prolong it for longer than it needed. The second book is unnecessary, the whole story could have been covered in one book, two maximum. I enjoyed The Heir more than the second and third book of the first part of the series, but it went downhill again with the last book.

3. The Wicked and the Divine by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie

I thought the first volume was okay, I liked the second better but then the third was a huge disappointment, making me giving up on the books altogether.

4. Burn for Burn trilogy by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian

The last book was such a disappointment that I like to forget 80% of what happened in it. I remember loving the first two because they were so mysterious and surprising. I’m sad the trilogy ended the way it did because I quite liked the story.

5. The Young Elites trilogy by Marie Lu

I absolutely love the books but I have to admit that the story got worse as it went. The first book in the trilogy was so so good that I didn’t expect the next ones to be better. I did like them less, hence being in the list.

Fact about me #3 & #4

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I could live without chocolate. While I do eat it sporadically, mainly food I like even though it has chocolate, I can go without it for a long while. Most chocolate has a strange taste to me and even the smell makes me uncomfortable, somewhat sick at times. I can only eat a teaspoon of Nutella now and then, I don’t like chocolate cake or dessert and I make my chocolate mousse with as much milk as I can get away with without my siblings complaining.

Oh and speaking of which, I also dislike milk, specifically plain cold milk. The smell makes me sick every time and the taste makes my skin crawl.

So here you have, two facts in one.