TTT: Ten Books with Autumn Covers and why this is the BEST READING SEASON

Fall Books
                                Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme/feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

If you`ve been following me for a while and you`re an Instagram stalker, then you`ll know I`m all about those Fall colours. I`ve even spend 50£ on Fall decorations, for the sake of #Instagoals pictures. I take my Bookstagram account very seriously and when I saw today`s Top Ten Tuesday, my heart skipped a beat. Autumn covers are my jam, so let`s get cracking.

"City of Glass" and "City of Fallen Angels" by Cassandra Clare
The Mortal Instruments

If the colour combination of these books doesn`t make you scream Fall, I don`t know what will. Whilst this is not my favourite series, I do enjoy the Shadowhunters world. Clary is the worst protagonist though, as you can see from my reviews here, here and here.

Autumn Book Covers

I think most of us associate fall with pumpkins, apple ciders or pie, big blankets, etc. The first colours that pop into our mind are orange, burgundy, mauve. Again, these colours fit the theme. I am a bit wary about "Shadow and Bone", although that setting definitely makes me think of Autumn/Winter. Also, everybody has a Harry Potter readathon during these months, so I just had to include it. At the moment I`m (not so) patiently waiting for Christmas so I can get the illustrated edition of "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban". Though I might just splurge and treat myself, as it is my favourite book in the series.

When making a Fall Covers list you have to include some creepy/spooky books. Because it`s Halloween and it`s perfectly acceptable to embrace your darkness. Or your Darkling, depending which is closest to you.

Obviously, I cannot end this post without reminding you why this is the best reading season:

  • The weather is moody and you finally have an excuse to stay at home and read. Not that you need one, but how many times can you say NO without being labelled as rude or weird?
  • You can accept your inner darkness by reading dark, fantasy books. Which will also serve as cautionary tales in your quest to take over the world
  • Pumpkin lattes. Pumpkin candles. Pumpkin Shaped Books
  • You`re probably well rested after your summer holiday and you realise you only have a couple of months to finish your Goodreads goal. Best motivation ever!

I really hope you enjoyed this post, although it`s shorter than my usual ones. I think I might be catching a cold and my ramblings are not at my "Gilmore Girls" rate.

The Guilty Reader Book Tag

Books and Candles

It`s been a while since my last book TAG, so I was very happy when the lovely Elena from The Book Portal tagged me. The original creator of this tag is Chami from ReadLikeWildfire, who`s an avid reader and knows that bookworms are sinners and do things that they shouldn`t do. They spoil endings, lie and try to take over the Universe, as soon as they finish that ONE chapter. You don`t believe me? Take a look at my answers.

1. Have you ever re-gifted a book that you've been given?
I can`t say that I have. I know it sounds bad, but I tell people in advance which are the books that I want. It might spoil the surprise, but it`s better than receiving something you don`t want. The thought might matter, but so does the wasted money on a useless gift.

2. Have you ever said you've read a book when you haven't?
You caught me, there are some BIG NAMES that I`ve read only the synopsis or a few chapters, but not the entire book. It`s not like I said I`ve read the "Divine Comedy" in Italian (or was it Latin?) though. But considering I have the worst memory, I get away with it. Because I can`t remember the books I`ve read last year, let alone the ones in high-school.

3. Have you ever borrowed a book and not returned it?
Never. I used to borrow book only from the library and the first fines weren`t pretty, so I`ve learned my lesson. 

4. Have you ever read a series out of order?
Once, with "The Hunger Games". I just needed to see if Katniss realises what a gem Peeta is. 

5. Have you ever spoiled a book for anyone?
All the time, it`s my favourite thing to do and I`ll probably burn in hell for that. Though some studies have shown that knowing the ending maximises your enjoyment, so you`re welcome.

6. Have you ever doggy eared a book?
I used to do that until a few years ago when I discovered the beauty of bookmarks. I mean, I wasn`t raised in a barn, I knew what they were. But only recently I started collecting and using them. Until then it was the doggy ear treatment.

7. Have you ever told someone you do not own a book when you do?
No, because I probably wouldn`t borrow the book anyway:)) I did that once, I never got it back and I never recovered from the drama. It was a special edition as well...

8. Have you ever told someone you haven't read a book when you have?
Once. "Twilight". Enough said.

9. Have you ever skipped a chapter or a section of a book?
A couple of times, if they feature long descriptions or they go on and on about how beautiful a character is. We get it, he has cherub abs and she has doe eyes, let`s get it over with.

10. Have you ever bad mouthed a book you actually like?
I wouldn't put it like that. But there are books that I like even though they`re not the best novels out there. Obviously, I have to point the problematic aspects out despite my enjoyment of the book.

Elena, thanks for tagging me, I had a lot of fun answering the questions. I`m not tagging anyone, but feel free to tell me what are some of your guilty habits when it comes to reading.

Book Review: "Trapped in Silver" by Emily Sowden*

Hello, everyone! I don`t remember if I got the chance to tell you this, but last month I got accepted as an official reviewer by Oftomes Publishing. Each month we have a readathon, where we read and then review the book of the month. From what I gathered, the books in question go on sale before we start the readathon, so you`ll probably get them for less than 3-4£ on your Kindle. When choosing the books to publish, Ben has a good eye for unique and compelling stories. It`s the main reason I wanted to read the books. But also, every now and then, you need a break from the hyped YA novels. So it`s nice to discover new books and authors.
                                                      (Pweety, pweety cover, look how shiny you are)

"Trapped in Silver" is a beautiful fantasy story that combines magic, romance and a solid world building. If you`re a fan of "Supernatural", then this is the book for you, as it features demons, shapeshifters, Berzerkers and other magical creatures. I have to say that the pacing feels slow sometimes, but I`m always more interested in the characters anyway. Being the first book in a trilogy, you could tell that this is an introduction to the world and it was setting everything in motion for the next two books.

The main character is Ava, a girl that was always looked down on because of her upbringing. Ava lives in a world where women are treated like property. Her mother has passed away and her father is always away on business. The only one she can count on is Roan, a boy her father adopted a few years ago. They live on a secluded farm and like I said, people see them as filthy. On top of that, Ava suffers from terrible nightmares and is sometimes afraid of losing her mind. But when she meets Ethan, a strange and somewhat dangerous boy, her world is about to change. 

Now, I know what you`re thinking: another pointless YA romance. But take it from the girl that hates romance, this was beautifully executed. The banter between Ava and Ethan is always fun and it`s the type of love/hate relationship that works in this context. They don`t meet one day and are madly in love the next. No. They bicker, they fight and it takes them a long time to trust each other.

For the most part of the story, I really liked Ava. She`s sarcastic and isn`t afraid to express her opinions, despite the repercussions. Whilst she is feisty, she does find herself in danger most of the times. Not really a damsel in distress, but more of a trouble magnet, based on her bad decisions. Ethan was another character that I liked and the one that had the biggest character development, in my opinion. In many YA books, the male interest is nothing more than a shell of witty remarks and great abs. But Ethan is a fully nuanced character, who deeply cares about others and feels the burden of his legacy.

Like I said earlier, I absolutely love the world building, the characters and the incredible plot twists. However, there were a few things I wasn`t a fan of. For starters, I wish that the villain was more present in the story. It`s hard to fear something that not there 80% of the times. I also did not like Ethan`s chapters, as I don`t think they added anything new to the story.

But overall, I enjoyed the novel and I can`t wait to read the next instalments. It still baffles me how this is Emily`s first novel, as she has such a vivid writing style. The way she was describing Ava`s nightmares was giving me chills and I`m not a person that gets scared easily. A solid 4 out of 5 stars.

* I received an Ebook from the publisher in exchange of a review. All opinions are my own.*

TTT: Top Ten Book Boyfriends

Me Before You

Hello, everyone! Alas, a post! This time the lack of engagement wasn`t because of my organisational skills, though Lord knows I miss them. Unfortunately, a few weeks ago my laptop decided to harakiri himself. Considering I`ve only had it for 3 years, you could say I`m disappointed. Sure, like a chaos walking I might have dropped it on its head a couple of times, but it happens to the best of us. Anyways, the situation has been sorted for the time being and we can go on with the usual.

Today`s TTT is about the hunks/ better than reality book boyfriends. As a happily married woman, I can`t say I have many of those...Who am I kidding? I have an endless list of teenagers ten years younger than me. Because parent figures are absent in YA and after a while, that sarcastic seventeen-year-old sounds quite dashing. On paper, at least. To make things more interesting I`ve decided to talk about 4 boyfriend categories. Sure, some of them may have more than one distinguishing quality, but I went with my guts. I also tried to include a decent amount of YA and adult book characters, so I don`t sound like a total cougar.

The Good Guys
Clockwork Princess

They`re the ones you can always count on, the ones that make you a better person. They`re calm and loving. Some might call them boring, but they`re the ones you`d probably want to meet in real life. For this section, I have three names: Peeta from "The Hunger Games", Pen from "The Queen of the Tearling" and Jem from "The Infernal Devices". They`re three of my favourite characters, maybe because their personalities are so similar to my husband`s. 

The Bad Guys
On the opposite end, we have the psychopaths/assassins/need a therapist type of guy. Whilst I would never go for someone like that in real life, I root for them in the books. Because sometimes you need an evil/morally grey dude to shake up your world. For this category, I have two names. One is The Darkling from "The Grisha Trilogy", whom I know I have no excuse for loving. Other than dude`s hot and makes my ovaries explode. The other is Damon Salvatore from "The Vampire Diaries" and I am cheating a bit on this one because the books were insufferable to get through. But Ian Somerhalder is God`s gift to humanity. Just look at those eyes!

The Nerds
I have a soft spot in my heart for scrawny, sarcastic guys. I don`t need muscles, I just need someone to make me laugh. My first pick for this category is Simon Lewis from "The Mortal Instruments". I always go on and on about how much I hate Cassandra Clare`s main characters, but she does have a gift with her secondary ones. My other pick is Rishi from "When Dimple Met Rishi", who was an adorable mix of awkwardness and geekiness.
When Dimple Met Rishi

The Rude Millionaire
They`re charming, good looking and most of the cases they are ridiculously smart. One obvious answer is Mr Darcy from "Pride and Prejudice". Another is Rhett Butler from "Gone with the Wind" and again I am cheating because I have not read the book, but the movie is one of my favourites. The last one is Will from "Me Before You". I had trouble putting Will into a category because in the book he`s an amazing guy. But I`ve decided to go with the pre-accident version of him.

So there you have it, my fictional crushes. Are any of these on your list? Let me know in the comments.

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Book Review: Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo

It is a bit funny that my first Leigh Bardugo book is "Wonder Woman: Warbringer". Not because it is not great, but because Bardugo`s mainly adored for her Grisha Universe. But I do enjoy going against the current and reading her latest novel first is a decision I do not regret. This was one of the most anticipated releases of 2017 and I know people were losing their shit at BEA for a chance to get an ARC. And then nada. I mean not complete silence, but I was expecting more reviews on Booktube. 

Full disclosure: I have not read the books or saw the movie. But I am pretty familiar with Wonder Woman. Because she`s a modern-day symbol of the women who are strong and independent. You`ll often hear people say: Slow down, Wonder Woman. You`re only human. Granted, the image of an all-powerful supermodel can be a bit sexist, but we try to focus on the important stuff. Because despite her image, Wonder Woman is a symbol of girl power. 

As you can see, I`m a fan of the character and I was very excited when I got the book in my August Illumicrate. I did not know much about the plot, but sometimes being clueless has its perks. When you don`t know what to expect you can be pleasantly surprised. And whilst it might not be the most memorable book that I`ve read, I ended up loving it. The characters were great and you could easily relate to them. The romance was minimum and the emphasis was on friendship. And who doesn`t love a hero`s quest?

Diana is the princess of the Amazons, but it`s not as glorious as it sounds. The others don`t see her as an equal and she`s desperate to prove herself. So she enters a race hoping that it will show them her value. Not long after the race starts, Diana sees a ship wreckage and decides to save the sole survivor, abandoning her hopes of glory. However, the girl she saved is a Warbringer, a descended of Helen of Troy, fated to bring the world into an age of destruction. Of course, letting the girl die might solve everything, but Diana embarks on a journey to save the world and prove that she`s a true hero.

I know the story seems pretty straightforward, but it does have a deeper meaning if you look at it. First of all, it is the hero that wants to save everyone. For many, sacrificing a life for the good of the entire world is justifiable. After all, one of the factions that hunt Alia is doing that hoping it will save the world. And it was the course most took throughout history. On the other hand, you have those that try to control Alia in order to obtain power. And again, it makes you think of all the weapons of mass destruction that we developed over time. 

Now let`s move to my favourite thing about this book: the friendships. It`s not a secret that I`m getting tired of love in YA and I`m glad that this book was an exception. There are romantic interests, but that`s not the focus.

I`m always more invested in my characters than with the plot and the author did deliver. I loved Diana and Alia, the fact that they were so different and at the same time so similar. Diana pressure of being recognized as a true Amazon was endearing. But truth be told, Alia was the shining star, as I adored her sense of humour. As the story progresses we see her soft side, and how she feels the pressure of her family name, just like Diana. We see how her race and love for science made her feel like an outsider. 

I don`t want to go into too many details about what happens, as I don`t want to spoil too much. On their journey, they pass through New York, where they enlist the help of Alia`s brother and her friends, Nim and Theo. I know I mentioned my affection for Alia`s sarcasm, but Nim and Theo are just as good. The bickering between those two was one of the highlights of the book.

Some might argue that the pace of the book was slow, but I enjoyed the character development. Despite their funny interactions, you could see how deeply this group cares about each other and it was heart-warming to observe them. There is a huge plot twist that left me speechless, but you`ll have to see for yourself. Obviously, once you go back to the scenes it`s not that shocking, but the villain reveal was craaaaaaaaaaazy!

I gave this book 5 out of stars because it was entertaining and it made me smile. Like I said, the idea (a hero`s quest) was not that original, but the execution was superb.
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