Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYa Anthology Review | Edited by Danielle Binks

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It is Monday and I am back again with my weekly reviews!

I stopped posting my Monday reviews for a while, as I have – according to my Goodreads count – read 14 out of my goal of 25 books. This is a very sad count, but this year has been insanely social and I truly hope that next year will be a better year.

Nevertheless; lets get into the review!!!!

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Goodreads Summary:

The YA event of the year. Bestsellers. Award-winners. Superstars. This anthology has them all. With brilliantly entertaining short stories from beloved young adult authors Amie Kaufman, Melissa Keil, Will Kostakis, Ellie Marney, Jaclyn Moriarty, Michael Pryor, Alice Pung, Gabrielle Tozer, Lili Wilkinson and Danielle Binks, this all-new collection will show the world exactly how much there is to love about Aussie YA.

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Festive Christmas Book Tag!

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Yes it is that time of the week again where we pull another tag from the internet and plop it on the blog!

Aside though, I’m lying in bed and I sang out an intro song to this post, and it makes me really think how much YouTube I’ve been watching lately and how maybe unhealthy it is for my blogging…

Anyways back to the tag!

Today I will be doing the Festive Christmas Book Tag! Because it is never too early for some Christmas cheer! Also it’s December 2nd. This tag was created by GirlReading on YouTube.

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♡ FESTIVE CHRISTMAS TAG QUESTIONS ♡

1) A fictional family you would like to spend Christmas dinner with?

Typical answer, but I’d chose the Weasley family! They would be the most welcoming and inclusive family and have an amazing lavish spread of food. I imagine they would have the traditional as well as food custom to their guest’s religion/ tradition.

2) A bookish item you would like to receive as a gift?

The ruby necklace that Magnus Bane gifts to Isabelle Lightwood in The Mortal Instuments series. I fell in love with this necklace immediately, and wanted to have it, though the only replicas are from the movie, which isn’t a proper representation of the necklace. How does one mess up a plain ruby necklace????

3) A fictional character you think would make a perfect Christmas elf?

I’m trying to think of the grouchiest character to make a cute Christmas elf, but all I can think of is Tiny Cooper’s 18th boyfriend Will Grayson from Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan. He is a little grouch but has a cute sweet side and I feel like that’ll make hi the perfect elf.

4) Match a book to it’s perfect Christmas song.

I would match the book/ anthology How They Met by David Levithan up with All I want for Christmas by Mariah Carey, because the stories were all very cute and everyone had a beautiful happy ending.

5) Bah Humbug. A book or fictional character you’ve been disappointed in and should be put on the naughty list?

Dang! I usually rate all the books I read, except I was quite disappointed with A Glittering Court by Richelle Mead. I did a review on this book a while ago and was quite disappointed by the storyline and most importantly the writing, and considering it is the first of her books I’ve read, it discourages me from reading any more of them.

6) A book or a fictional character you think deserves more love and appreciation and deserve to be put on the nice list?

OOOHHHH I can think of many characters for this; but my most favourite character of all time is Raphel Santiago who I believe deserves all the love and appreciation and is a character I do not see much fan-art of. His back story is so fascinating, as is the sheer dedication he has/d to his clan.

7) Red, Gold and Green. A book cover that has a wonderfully Christmasy feel to it.

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This has to be the most festive book cover, for a non-festive book ever.

I love this cover for many reasons, but mostly because in person the cover is so shiny it is almost blinding – and tho it is almost impossible to take a photo of it for Instagram – it is brilliant for shinning in people’s eyes.

8) A book or series you love so much, you want everyone to find under their Christmas tree this year so they can read it and love it too?

EVERYONE SHOULD DEDICATE A GOOD PORTION OF THEIR LIVES TO READING THE SHADOWHUNTER SERIES BY CASSANDRA CLARE!! This includes short-story bind-ups and companion novels.

Or you can just stick to reading More Than This by Patrick Ness which is spectacularly life changing.

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I hope you all enjoyed this tag. Have a lovely Christmas and come back here Monday for a (non-festive) book review.

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Stay Happy, Healthy, and have a Lovely Week!!

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Thank You so much for reading and I hope to see you all back here again Monday 🙂

BREE XOXO


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I AM WRITING A BOOK!

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What is this!? Two posts in one week??? I think I’m finally starting to get my sh*t together, and the sad thing is I have so many brilliant ideas for posts on this blog written in a cute pen in a cute pink notebook, that I stupidly keep procrastinating.

But enough of that! Now I have a cool new phone, big enough to type up blog posts and make posts on the go I wont have to make excuses about not having my computer on me to post.

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Now that that little rant is over with, I want to tell you all about how my NaNoWriMo writing month went.

It went….. okay.

So I went into this with an already started story that I was origionally writing and I felt like I needed a reason for myself to put more effort into it.

The book started with around 1,500 words, and over the course of the first week, which consisted of studying for Uni exams, procrastinating said studying, and many mental breakdowns, I managed to raise my total word count to 3,257 words. I made my personal goal 15,000 words because there was no way I was going to reach 50,000 words like most people.

It all went downhill from there.

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Unearthed Book Launch & Signing!!

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This event, hosted by Allen & Unwin at the Dymocks on Collins St. in Melbourne, brought us – and by ‘us’ I mean the bookworms of Australia – our beloved Amie Kaufman, and the very first international author I have met; Meagan Spooner.

After a big day at work (8:30 – 5), dressed in my Gemina inspired outfit consisting of a full black jumpsuit (definitely not Danae Matresco), and heeled peep-toe boots; I met my friend at Flinder’s Street Station in the CBD, and for those of you who have never experienced Melbourne city in peak hour, or at any time of the day; it was a mess of people, cigarettes and thankfully a healthy police presence.

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Stranger Things Is Back Baby! (+ book tag)

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Today you’ll be hearing a story about how I got sucked in, braved my fears and started watching the gripping Netflix original: Stranger Things.

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Season 2 of Stranger Things aired last week in America on the 15th of October (because here in Australia we have to wait a whole year for a new season to be shown on our t.v.s), dead set in the middle of the year! If you haven’t started watching, please do, then we can all fangirl/boy together.

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Tome Topple Readathon

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Long time no see my friends!

I’ve been waiting for that day that I’d have enough time and mental effort to come back here and share my reading life with you all; which up to this point has been pretty much non-existant. I’ve had to lower my Goodreads Reading Goal down from 50 to 23 books, as I have been stuck on Nevernight since New Years, and Uni has left me beaten and dying with only 14 books to my name.

But, Never Fear! I am back and reading and as determined as ever, taking part in the Tome Topple Readathon!

This Readathon was created by Sam from Thoughts On Tomes on YouTube, and it is in its 5th round! There are many hosts, including our very own Australian; Caz from The Little Book Owl. The hosts will be doing reading sprints on twitter @Tome_Topple, if you wish to follow.

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August 2017 Book Haul! 10+ Books!!

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I only paid $10 for books this month and I could never be prouder of myself in the shopping department and for this achievement I would like to thank Bloomsbury for inviting me to the Bloomsbury Bloggers event and gifting me with all of these amazing looking books! I would also like to thank Andrew’s Bookshop for actually stocking and discouting a hardback graphic novel! Three things that are very very hard to come by in Australian bookstores – hardbacks, cheap books, graphic novels – were found and August ended on an amazing note.

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Bloomsbury Bloggers Event Night!

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Welcome back to another Storytime Wednesday! I have some big crazy news.

I was invited by Bloomsbury to attend the Bloomsbury Bloggers Event held in Carlton at the Library there which I have forgotten the name of… But that is irrelevant because the event was hosted by the lovely Caz aka TheLittleBookOwl on YouTube.

I got to meet a bunch of lovely YouTubers, influencers, and fellow reviewers, as pictured below; Tracy and I met YouTubers Lily of LilyCReads, and Chami of IsThatChami (formerly ReadLikeWildfire).

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A Court Of Mist And Fury by Sarah J. Mass | Spoilery Review

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Today I bring to you a review that has been 30 days in the making because that’s how long it took me to read this damned long ass book!

A court of mist and fury book cover.jpgGoodreads Summary:

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

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Review

Let me start by saying that I read this novel in small bits over 30 days, so it is hard for me to remember everything about what happened in it, although I do remember the most interesting parts, which were later on in the novel anyways so these are my thoughts.

I went into this novel believing it is the best in the series, and although I am nowhere near finished this series, I can safely say that this book ties up lose ends from the first book before delving into other mysteries.

I’d like to say that for anyone who cannot get through A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR), or did finish it and doesn’t want to finish the series, I recommend finishing wherever you are at and giving this book a read.

There was far more action in this book than the last, and a lot more drama. This really appealed to me as this is what I really went into the book series expecting. I was not expecting the really cheesy love story that progressed throughout the first book, that in a way made me want to put it down a few times, which I would’ve done if people hadn’t assured me it would get better.

I was really bored by the Tamlin plot twist; which in all honesty (I may be biased here because I had Tracy whispering in my ear throughout the entirety of ACOTAR), but I wasn’t very surprised when we found out that Tamlin was a traitor and a giant butthole.

What I did enjoy was the magical (tattoo) bond between Feyre and Rhysand. Mybe it is because I’ve always dreamt of having such a bond with someone, but something that runs so deep; something that can be as powerful as the mating bond, really made me wish that magic was real.

Fate and true love is something I believe in deeply, and so the fact that someone can rip that apart at will is scary. Also Tamlin is a crazy gullible psycho.

★ Rating ★

Let’s just say that my expectations were slightly exceeded with the look into the workings and family life of the inner circle, Rhys’ background and the backstories of members of the inner circle, as well as the drama that unfolded.

I want to give this book a 4 and a 1/2 stars, but my scale only allows for whole numbers, so I don’t give books ambiguous ratings – such as 4.645/5 – which is something I would most certainly do. With that said I give A Court of Mist and Fury a giant five stars  ★★★★★, a rating usually reserved only for Cassandra Clare Books.

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Stay Happy, Healthy, and have a Lovely Week!!

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Thank You so much for reading and I hope to see you all back here for Storytime Wednesday 🙂

BREE XOXO


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Read The Stars Bookmark/ Shop Review

Before I start this post, I want to apologise about the state of Jasper + Spice over the past week. The blog will be better tended to i promise, I have been very busy which is fuel for some very exciting upcoming posts!

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Welcome back to another Review Monday! Today I have chosen to review the bookmarks I received from Read The Stars Co.; an etsy shop that sells fandom bookmarks, mostly inspired by books.

I ordered 6 bookmarks during Read The Stars during their 50% off and Free Delivery sale. I have never purchased bookmarks online before – though I have received bookmarks from an online store as a gift – so this is my first time actually making a purchase.

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