#BookTag – The Mystery Blogger Award

Hi Bibliofriends!

How are we all coping with Lockdown 3.0? Remote teaching is so intense that sometimes I can’t even bare to look at a screen when I come home – and I completely drafted this Tag then forgot to post it! 🙈

The fabulous Riddhi at Whispering Worlds is definitely holding my tag game up! She tagged me in this post at the same time as publishing her Evermore Book Tag so obviously I had to do that one as well! This is my first ever Mystery Blogger Award so I’m super excited to answering the questions!

Rules:

  • Display the award logo on your blog.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention Okoto Enigma, the creator of the award.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • Answer 5 questions from the blogger who nominated you.
  • Nominate 10 – 20 bloggers.
  • Notify your nominees by leaving a comment on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice, including 1 weird or funny question.
  • Share the link to your best post.

Ok so three things about me…

  1. I absolutely love racehorses and am involved in about 5 different partnerships. Nothing beats going for a walk on the gallops to blow the cobwebs away – especially when you hear those hooves thundering up the grass! 😍

2. There isn’t a day that goes by when I don’t play Pokemon Go! 😂 I’m slightly obsessed with Pokemon ever since I got my first GameBoy Colour as a child and it came with Pokemon Gold. I then had to buy all of the original games but I’m still yet to catch them all! Drop me a chat if you want my Trainer Code! 😉

3. I believe in my horoscopes, read them devoutly and am a proud Taurean and INFJ!

Riddhi’s Questions:

  1. What is one Christmas themed book you want to read this year?

I don’t really read Christmas themed books… eek! And seeing as it’s now 2021 and we are seemingly waaaaaayyyyy past 2020 (putting that firmly behind us – although… hello Lockdown 3.0!) I’ve altered this question slightly to be a book I’m excited to read this New Year – The Poppy War series! I managed to snap-up a copy of the Illumicrate Archive Editions and I can’t wait to read them – I’ve heard all good things – and yes, I realise that I mention this in practically every post I write these days!

2. What is your fatal flaw? (Yes, you can take a quiz to find out)

There are lots! All equally fatal! 😂 I am incredibly stubborn (it comes from being a Taurean bull) and I often procrastinate or catastrophise everything which prevents me from living life properly and gives me ridiculous anxiety – well isn’t that a melodramatic statement if ever you’ve read one?!

3. What is your Hogwarts house?

Proud Ravenclaw over here! 💙

4. Who is your godly parent?

This is such a good question, it’s got me stumped – then I googled it and shame on me for not getting the Percy Jackson reference (at least I hope that’s what it is! 😂). OK, I did have to take a quiz on Epic Reads for this one and I got: Poseidon!
“As a child of one of the Big Three, you’re one of the most powerful demigods around. You must be a natural in water and probably have a sense for the weather, too. But Poseidon isn’t the most boastful father, which means you aren’t arrogant about your abilities. When the world needs saving, we want you by our side—and we’re not just saying that because you’re Percy’s sibling. Mostly.”

5. Name three authors whose books you read this year for the first time.

Ok so in 2020 I read 38 new-to-me authors so it’s super hard just to name 3 but my 3 mainstream favourites would be: V.E. Schwab, Alix E. Harrow and Isabel Ibañez. My two total gems of discovery which I found through my blog were: Rebecca Crunden and Mark Newman.

My favourite post by me:
Back last year I created a series of Original Posts about what types of occupations Lord of the Rings characters would have if they lived in today’s world. It was so much fun to write and sometimes I still can’t believe that I came up with the idea to write something like that! I’m normally just a reviews and tags kind of girl! 😂 You can read them here: Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four.

My Nominees!

Hey you…! Tag – you’re it!
I’m so so sorry but I absolutely suck at tagging people to do things and that massive anxiety/guilt comes out that I’m nominating where it’s not welcome, so if you’re reading this and want to take part then please do go ahead! ☺️

My Questions:

  1. What was the last album you listened to on-repeat, non-stop, without skipping a single song?
  2. What are your top three anticipated book releases for 2021?
  3. If you could live in any fictional world for a year, where would it be and why?
  4. Which season is your favourite?
  5. Favourite everyday item you can’t live without?

There you go peeps! Stay safe out there! ☺️
Happy blogging,
T xx

Pokémon Go Book Tag

Hey friends,

So whilst on Lockdown I managed to great an amazing deal on Now TV for the Sky Cinema Pass – 2 months for £2 – I could not resist at all and it’s almost the best £2 I ever spent! There must be hundreds of movies on there waiting to be watched!

I have just finished watching Pokémon: Detective Pikachu and cannot tell you how much I want to live inside that film right now. Ryme City is awesome!! I’ve been a mahoosive Pokémon fan since the good old days of the GameBoy Colour and after watching the film I immediately had to start looking for a Pokémon Book Tag out there in the blogosphere!

Thankfully, Aentee over at the Read at Midnight blog created this brilliant tag to celebrate Pokémon Go so I decided to participate. All of the graphics have been magpied from her blog (thanks 🙂).


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I would always pick the water pokemon at the start of every game. I always seemed to get along better with them than the Fire and Grass types.
Roald Dahl, being one of the best storytellers of all time, definitely kick started my love for reading. My parents would always read to me at bedtime and my Grandad would always buy me books when we went to the car boot sale. The BFG and The Witches were particular favourites!

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Pride and Prejudice is such an iconic classic that I enjoy but the classic that really has a place in my heart would have to be Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy. I remember reading it whilst I was on holiday and surprised myself by devouring the whole thing.

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Dare I say it but… ACOTAR?! The ending of Wings and Ruin obliterated me, followed by the ending of Kingdom and Ash and that little cameo (y’all know the one I mean 😉), I think I’m just ruined by it. I haven’t even read A Court of Frost and Starlight yet, let alone wait for the Nesta novel that now supposedly has a release date. I love my Maas and always will but for now, I think me and ACOTAR are taking a little time apart…

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I have recently finished Clockwork Prince for the OWLs Magical Readathon and could not help but be reminded of The Mortal Instruments series all the way through it. I have been trustingly convinced that it’s worth sticking with but I think the similarities between them may prevent me from loving it as much as the hype suggests.

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I remember back in 2013, I saw a TV interview on the BBC where they interviewed a debut author and raved about how her 7 book series had already had the movie rights procured even though the debut had not been released yet. That author was Samantha Shannon. I own a copy of The Bone Season but am yet to start it – or The Priory of the Orange Tree for that matter. I know that I should just get started on reading it but I just hope it isn’t 2059 before either I get round to it or the series gets completed!

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Admittedly, I didn’t jump on the Robert Galbraith bandwagon until it had been ‘leaked’ online that it was really the pen name of J.K Rowling. That being said, Lethal White (one of my last 5 star reads) definitely kept me up all night long. Sleep became secondary to my need to just…keep…reading…that…book…!

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Back to the world of Maas for this. Undeniably Rhysand and Feyre were more divinely matched than even Romeo and but my all-time favourite bookish OTP champions are Manon Blackbeak and Dorian Havilliard – now that is the spin-off Maas novel that I need!

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Initially I struggled to find something as fire-hot and fast-paced as the beauty that is Rapidash, however a quick scroll through my ‘read’ shelf and the answer blasted into my face. The Illuminae Files were completely different to anything else I have ever read and I think AIDAN could definitely put Ponyta and Rapidash through their paces.

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You know that saying as you exit the wand shop at Warner Brothers Studio…

“The stories we love best do live in us forever so whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.”

– J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter – forever carved into my soul – will always be a series that no matter how many spin-offs, fan-fiction stories, sequels, prequels, stage plays, film scripts, illustrated versions, translations or gods damned House Editions they bring out… I will want to own every single one. Always 💙

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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline was a book that I can’t even remember why I bought it in the first place. That being said, when I did read it back in 2018, I was so shocked how surprisingly awesome it was and that I loved it so much. It called out to the inner geek in me and is probably one of my favourite novels of all time.

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I’ve been meaning to do a re-read of all the Throne of Glass novels and novellas for a while but am waiting for that right block of headspace as I know it will consume me and my brain won’t be able to concentrate on anything else. Asides from that, two hyped up series that I am still excited to get started on are the Nevernight series and the Shades of Magic series.

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Imagine having a handwritten, signed and jewelled collector’s edition of The Tales of Beedle the Bard…? Whilst I don’t have hundreds of thousands of pounds to have bought the one her publisher sold why would you?! if that was on my bookshelves I think I’d sit and stare at it all day long.

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In June Kester Grant is publishing her debut novel ‘The Court of Miracles’. Billed as a ‘Les Mis meets Six of Crows’ I am ecstatically awaiting this release!

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There are far too many amazing authors out there to pick just one but my top auto-buys are: Neil Gaiman, J.K. Rowling/Robert Galbraith, Carlos Ruiz Zafon and Sarah J Maas.

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Two books from the Wizarding World I really wish would get written is The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore or Hogwarts, A History. It would be so cool if these came to life in the real world. However, if they weren’t an option then I would have to choose a quietly known little series called The Magicians of Venice by Amy Kuivalainen. I read The Immortal City through NetGalley last year and loved it! It is billed as a series but so far there hasn’t been any news on a sequel – I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed!


There we have it – it was so much fun to do this tag and celebrate my love for Pokemon and books together so huge thanks again to Aentee over at the Read at Midnight Blog.

Tag yourselves if you want to join in and have fun! What answers would you choose? As always, drop me a comment to chat!

T xx

Biblioshelf Musings: A Heart So Fierce and Broken

Howdy y’all!

I’m starting off with what may be a slight ‘unpopular opinion alert’ but after reading A Heart So Dark and Lonely last year, I was not 100% sure whether I wanted to continue with the Cursebreakers series. The first book had so much hype surrounding it and was hailed as one of the best Beauty and the Beast retellings of all time. As much as I enjoyed reading ACSDAL, I clearly wasn’t as blown away by it as everyone else. Don’t get me wrong it was a highly enjoyable read but perhaps I just love the original tales too much.

That being said, when I saw the sequel advertised on Amazon as part of their 2 for £7 deal (a steal!) I could not resist buying it to see what happened to Rhen and Harper!
The narrative and focus of the tale moving away from Rharper/Harpen onto Grey and a completely new character called Lia Mara didn’t entirely appeal to me at first (another thing which stopped me from putting it on auto pre-order), but when the prompts for the OWLs Magical Readathon 2020 were revealed and Ancient Runes was to read something with a heart in the title or on the cover then this was my immediate pick. 💚


Book: A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer
Genre: YA/Fantasy
Publication Date: 7th January 2020
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA
Pages: 450
Rating: 📚📚📚📚

Whilst there are no major plot spoilers ahead for AHSFAB, there will need to be a little bit of discussion as to my thoughts on where this story is going so bear that in mind if you haven’t already read this book or series (which tbh I think you should!!).

The Unanswered Story Strands
From the off it felt so good to be back in the world of Emberfall and pick up essentially where the story left off. The curveball twist of an ending from book 1 needed to be played out as many strands had been left unanswered: Lilith, the mystery heir, Syl Shallow’s forces descending on Emberfall, the ‘Disi/D.C.’ sham…
I really like Brigid’s writing style and feel that she has hit the balance between detail, pace and storytelling so that I could allow myself to get lost in the vortex of the story without having to overthink or reread paragraphs just to keep up with what was going on.

New Character Alert
Usually, I’m not a fan of main character introductions part way through a series; I like to see a full, well-developed character arc, however I was pleasantly surprised by Lia Mara. She is smart, clever and definitely no wallflower. She added a really down-to-earth yet vibrant dynamic which counterbalanced Grey’s personality really well. Although the ‘main plot’ thread of the story seemed to move a little slowly to make room for this, I did not mind in the slightest as it enabled us to fully understand these main characters’ backgrounds and motivations. As Lia Mara’s story unfolded alongside Grey’s, my initial worries went out the window and I became totally invested in their relationship; in fact, I think I even prefer them to Rhen and Harper! [Side-note: I know the ages don’t match up at all, but I can’t help but visualise Grey as Michael Fassbender…anyone else?!]

Is It Really That Complicated?
As I touched on above, the whole point of this novel seems to revolve around Rhen trying to discover the identity of the mysterious other heir to Emberfall and Grey trying to hide the fact that it’s him. In my head, surely their relationship wasn’t that bad that they couldn’t have chatted about this and worked it out between them…? They could have been co-rulers or Rhen could politically shape the kingdom and Grey could focus on the military side of things…? My brain just doesn’t see why this had to be the massive problem that it turned out to be; it’s like when you’re watching a TV programme and you think to yourself ‘there’s no way that would happen like that” – anyway that’s how it did happen yet I was hooked with my reading and carried on with the plot regardless.

If anyone is interested, my prediction theory for Cursebreakers #3 is: (aside from any shockingly twisty main character deaths) Rhen and Harper rule Emberfall, Grey and Lia Mara rule over Syl Shallow; together they unite their countries in some sort of alliance then everyone has world peace and lives happily ever after…!

We Need To Talk About Scravers
Can we just take a minute to talk about the incredible creature creation ‘scravers’?! For me these are the coolest things to come out of this book. I really enjoyed Isaak’s character and loved his little curiosities and mysteriousness. It feels like there is a whole other backstory here that we need to explore and I really really hope that this comes out in Cursebreakers #3 otherwise I’m going to need a novella or a side-series or something!

And finally…
All in all, I am so glad that I took a punt and carried on with this series. Despite the epilogue, which is a little ‘trope-y’ for my liking although I see why it had to happen, I thoroughly enjoy Brigid’s writing style, characters and the world she’s created. They really got me invested into the series again. Cursebreakers #3 – A Vow So Bold and Deadly is definitely going to be on auto-preorder because I need to find out if my theory about how this resolves itself is correct – and I need to find out what happens to Isaak!

My finishing thought is a little insight into how this series fits into my brain…
It’s like the two separated sides of a Victoria Sponge – A Curse So Dark and Lonely was half the sponge and cream; A Heart So Fierce and Broken was the other half of sponge and the jam. Each yummy on their own but… hopefully A Vow So Bold and Deadly is going to put the whole damn scrumptious cake together! Bring it on!


If you have read AHSFAB or wanted to chat about any part of the series or characters, as always drop me a comment below! 🙂

Txx