Ruler of Books Tag!

Hello Bookaholics!

It is Tag Time! In this post, you will get a little insight into how crazy I would be if I were The Ruler of Books. 

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I’ve seen this tag done by many of my favourite YouTubers, and I wanted to have a go. Luckily I happened to stumble across Caroline’s blog – Just Another Bookish Blog – and found the questions (and this cute graphic) to make this post possible. Continue reading “Ruler of Books Tag!”

New Year. New Goals.

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Happy New Years Everyone! I hope everyone had a lovely first of Jan and didn’t do anything too crazy (like read too many books). My New Years was spent watching the Adelaide fireworks from the balcony of our beach house and dancing to loud pop music till the wee hours of the morning.

You’re all probably thinking why is the blog header different to the title? and why is it so damn cheesy??” Well my dear bookaholics, to tell you the truth when I made the header I totally forgot the title of this post and that happened; but the blue text represents the new blue theme that I am going to start on my bookstagram account with my new camera!

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The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead | Review

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This is a Tuesday post, and like I confessed in my previous post ‘Secret Life of A Book Blogger Tag’, I will post sometimes a day after the sceduled Saturday and Monday. I’m deliberately posting this today because I wanted to leave a day gap between the last post and this one.

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Goodreads Summary:

Big and sweeping, spanning rom the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who oses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training, and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.

When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide’s deception. Complications soon arise—first as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and then when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor.

But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vastly uncharted lands…

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Initiate by Laura L. Fox | Spoiler-Free ARC Review

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I have another review! Initiate is the second ARC I have read, received and reviewed on this blog. I was asked to review this book by the wonderful team at OfTomes Publishing Company and I would never have been able to read this book if the amazing Laura. L. Fox hadn’t written it, so I must thank her also.

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DISCLAIMER: I was sent this book in ebook format from OfTomes in exchange for an honest review. This book is to be released on November 15th 2016 and is the first book in a series.

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Goodreads Review

The only home Riga Garrison has ever known is the Tunnel, a subterranean research facility buried deep beneath Antarctica’s ice and snow.

Yet, while a safe haven for the last outpost of humanity governed by the Initiate, it is also home to a secret so dark that they will risk anything to protect it.

Surrounded by deceit and faced with exile to a frozen wasteland, Riga must defy not only the Initiate’s top biologists and loyalists but also her own mother, in an attempt to unearth the truth.

Buy The Book!                                        ★★★★★ (5/5 stars)

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Brainwalker by R.Mundell & S.Lacast | Book Tour Blitz

Welcome back Bookaholics!

I’m back; and I have my first ever Book Cover Reveal to present to you, unveiling the cover of Brainwalker by R.Mundell and S.Lacast. This book is a YA Sci-Fi Fantasy and was released on October 1st, 2016, by Dualmind Publishing.

Terribly sorry for not uploading last Saturday, I’ve been very busy and I wanted Saturday’s post to be perfect (which it wasn’t) so I didn’t post it. I guess you can say this is a make-up post for not posting (which I am deeply sorry for), but you get three posts this week! Lucky Duckies ☺

Without further ado, let’s see this awesome cover!

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Magnus Chase and The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan | Review

Welcome Back Bookaholics!

Welcome back to another Book Review!!

Today I am going to discuss with you all what I thought of the first Magnus Chase and The Gods of Asgard novel, Magnus Chase and The Sword of summer by Rick Riordan. I did an anticipation post for this over a year ago which was titled; Why I can’t wait to read… – I know cool title right?

It has been a ridiculously long time since I have read Magnus Chase and The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan, the first book in the Magnus Chase and The Gods of Asgard series, but despite the time frame, I still remember how I felt reading this amazing book, due to its lasting impact it has had on me.

After becoming super obsessed with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, especially Thor and Loki – who are played by the fabulous Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston respectively –  I started researching Norse Mythology as we had touched on it briefly in school and I had read up on some myths and legends on Tumblr. As I became further invested into Norse Mythology and some other mythologies I turned to Rick Riordan – who’s books I shamefully have never read – and saw  that he was releasing a novel based on Norse Mythology called Magnus Chase and The Gods of Asgard, which I knew I just had to read.

Being the first ever Rick Riordan book I have ever read – sad? I know right – I had super high expectations, and trust me I was NOT disappointed!

 

About The Book:

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, he’s tracked down by an uncle he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. His uncle tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .

Magnus Chase and The Sword of Summer is the first book in another one of Rick Riordan’s epic series which does feature one character from his Percy Jackson and The Olympians series – although I am not going to mention who – I will say that this person is a relative of Magnus’s and you DO NOT need to have read any of Rick’s books prior to picking up this one. As I said previously, I haven’t and I still had an enjoyable reading experience.

I borrowed the Australian paperback edition from  a friend of mine – and a mad Percy Jackson fan. I treated this book like it was gold. And it certainly looked like it…

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July Wrap-Up

The month of July was a crazy successful reading month!! I exceeded my average reading for the month and managed to knock out a whopping 6 books and half of 2 others!

The books I read were (in order of finish dates);

  1. Harry Potter and The Philosophers Stone ★★★★★ (5/5 stars)
  2. Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets ★★★★★ (5/5 stars)
  3. Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban ★★★★★ (5/5 stars)
  4. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children ★★★★★ (5/5 stars)
  5. Hollow City ★★★★★ (5/5 stars)
  6. Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire ★★★★★ (5/5 stars)

 

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1. Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone
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4 & 5. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children & Hollow City
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6. Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar  Children Series by Ransom Riggs

 

 

There will  be Mini Reviews for the Harry Potter series once I finish reading them – I only have 3 more to go – and I am excited to share my thoughts and feelings with you all!

I also have a few more pages of Library of Souls left to read, which is the last book in the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children series by Ransom Riggs; and I will have a review up for that book once I have finished crying.

 

Love,

Bree xx


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Book Challenge May 3

What books got you guys into reading??

 

For me, it was the Rondo series by Emily Rodda.

This series was the first magical series I’ve ever read and are most likely the first full series also.

And now I finally have my own – even if they are secondhand from the library and have the college library name and the word CANCELED stamped onto various parts of the book – I love them none the less. Especially since the dust jackets have been amazingly preserved and kept if amazing condition.

I was ecstatic when I picked these books up.

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Just can we all take a second to appreciate the spines on these books.

 

*a second*
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They are pure magic (even the dust jackets are beautiful).

 

Till Tomorrow,

Bree xx

 


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I squealed like a little girl and have no regrets. 

SPOILER AND AWESOMENESS ALERT!

 

A few weeks ago I received a package wrapped in thick cardboard stamped with the Book Depository logo. As I (carefully) tore open the packaging – which was hard work for some crazy reason, so it took me almost 5 minutes to get the flap open and the whole side of the box fell back to reveal….

The spine of Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare!!!

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It was such a great relief to finally have the book in front of me, I kinda just stared at it for a few seconds, before emptying the box and flicking through the box.

On the left are the contents of the box; 7/8 colouring bookmarks (from the new collection based of art therapy books), Lady Midnight in hardcover, a one-month free subscription to audible and a $35 Hello Fresh voucher.

On the right is the second page of the book, signed by Cassie. I was in excitement overload by the time I finished hugging the book, so I nearly died when I saw this.

 

REVIEW TIME!!!

The Shadowhunters of Los Angeles star in the first novel in Cassandra Clare’s newest series, The Dark Artifices, a sequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series. Lady Midnight is a Shadowhunters novel.

It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.

Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…

Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?

Glitz, glamours, and Shadowhunters abound in this heartrending opening to Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices series.

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 OH MY HOLY MOZZARELLA!!! THIS BOOK WAS EVERYTHING I EXPECTED AND MORE!! Cassandra Clare really loves curses. Let’s just say that much. From the ending of City of Heavenly Fire and whenever Emma and Julian were mentioned in Tales of The Shadowhunter Academy, It had become painfully obvious that they were destined to fall into a forbidden kind of love, especially after Julian tied himself to Emma with the most powerful bond a Shadowhunter can make. The parabati ceremony was done so Emma wasn’t taken away from the Blackthorns; but at what cost to Julian’s heart?
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So it seems Julian’s heart and mind were torn between regretting ever becoming parabati with Emma and being greatful that because of his decision, she had been allowed to stay. It ate at him everyday, when eventually he couldnt take it anymore and kissed her. He kissed her so hard and full of love, that they were breathless and invigorated, craving the touch of one another until one thing lead to another… and they ended up sleeping on the beach. LETS ALL BE GLAD CLARY INVENTED A BIRTH CONROL RUNE AYE? Otherwise we could have had a baby Blackstairs. Just the whole climax leading up to this scene, was intense.  I was trapped. This succession demonstrated the true bonds of parabati and how intense love for a parabati can affect the bonds of the relationship.
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And then there is this whole thing with Kit, who we all were lead to assume was just the son of a nephilim-hater and con-man, who had little importance to the story. Oh how wrong I was. BECAUSE HE IS THE LOST HERONDALE!!!! Who – other than the angel – would’ve seen that coming???
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Although I do not know how big a part Kit will play as he is not a descendant of Will Herondale. Considering he moved in to the institute – and there has been an evident connection between him and Ty – it would be interesting to see what Cassandra has planned for the rest of the series.
Who remembers Malcolm Fade from City of Heavenly Fire? Well I did. I remembered his as the smart but ditzy warlock, who (as mentioned in LM), sometimes ties his shoelaces together. He kept up that facade until the third (or second?) last chapter in the book until the Blackthorn kids began to suspect that their friendly neighbourhood warlock was behind the murders popping up in LA. Yep that’s right; MALCOLM FADE IS A MURDERER!!
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His transformations was just so sudden. But his intentions prevented me from dispising him. I pittied him, because he thought what he was doing was the right thing. He thought he had been betrayed by everyone he loved. He died believeing this, and that is the saddest thing above all else.
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And Mark. Our precious half-fey. The boy who lived in a land frozen in time, and fell in love with an outcast prince. He found freedom amongst the clouds, riding with the Hunt. BUT THE FEY GAVE HIM BCK!!! as a bargaining chip, but he was back in the arms of his loving family. There were hard times, like when he was left in charge of the chidren and let Tavvy sit in a giant bag of sugar – much to Julian’s dismay. Although he stll has the wildness of the Hunt in his eyes, he has developed into more of a shadowhunter, letting his skin bare runes again.
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JUST ALL THE FEELS!!!       SO MANY FEEL!!!!
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This post is my longest one yet. So for those who didn’t read the whole post, here is a brief run down (with spoilers).
~ LADY MIDNIGHT CAME IN THE MAIL AND I COULDN’T DEAL.
~ It is a story that follows the Blackthorns’s and Emma, 5 years after the Dark War
~ Emma and Julian are parabati and Julian regrets it
~ There’s a kid named Kit who happens to be THE Lost Herondale (and I think there’s something between him and Ty)
~ Malcolm Fade is a MURDERER
~ and MARK! MARK IS BACK!
~ Magnus and Alec have a shadowhunter child named Rafael Santiago Lightwood-Bane
Love;
Bree xx

© Jasper+Spice 2015. All Rights Reserved. Please do not use without permission. I was not asked to do this review by anyone and it is purely for my own entertainment. I do not own any rights to any characters, names or plotlines mentioned in this post (but I do own the book). All credit goes to the wonderful and amazing, Cassandra Clare. The gifs were taken from Google, and the photos were taken by me. Please do not use photos without credit or permission.

Prayers for Paris

In the wake of the horrific terror attacks in Paris, France; I would like to take time out on my blog to dedicate this post to and acknowledge the pain and suffering of those affected directly and indirectly by these horrible occurrences.

It doesn’t seem real as it is happening on the other side of the world, but when I read stories of survival that describe clearly the terror of the situation, it makes my spine tingle and stomach turn that people can be so sick as to actually bring this upon another human.

To win this, we must fight together.

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