Rapid Fire Book Tag

I’m going to be honest, I haven’t been tagged by anyone, I just found this Book Tag online and thought it would be fun to do it. It was!

The Rapid Fire Book Tag was originally created by Girl Reading on her YouTube channel.

E-Book or Physical Book?

Physical Book!

Paperback or Hardback?

I find the Paperbacks more pratical for my little wrists that dislocate so easily, but I don’t mind Hardbacks either.

Online or In-Store Book Shopping?

In-Store! However, there’s a pandemic going so do your shopping online and be safe.

Trilogies or Series? 

Series! I’m the type of person that when something is good I get attached to it, so the more the merrier!

Heroes or Villains?

I do like a bad boy…

A book you want everyone to read?

Since I’m about 14 (I do get the irony of this btw) I always tell people to read The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold.

Recommend an underrated book?

I don’t even know what is a underrated book these days, first one that comes to my mind is Every Day by David Levithan.

The last book you finished?

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller.

The Last Book You Bought?

How The King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black and Illustrated by Rovina Cai

Weirdest Thing You’ve Used as a Bookmark?

Slice of cake…

Used Books: Yes or No?

I tend to buy a lot of my classics second hand, I also like when friends give me their spare copies.

Top Three Favorite Genres

Fantasy/Sci-Fi, Contemporary and Horror.

Borrow or Buy?

BUY!!!!

Characters or Plot?

For the book to be amazing it needs both!

Long or Short Books?

Depends on the story. Some are just perfect short for example Contemporary YA but Fantasy I do like a big boi!

Long or Short Chapters?

Short, because I like to read by chapters as sometimes I’m really tired but the chapter never ends and I do hate stop reading in the middle of one.

Name The First Three Books You Think Of:

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

A Throne of Swans by Katharine & Elizabeth Corr

The Jigsaw Man by Nadine Matheson

Books That Makes You Laugh or Cry?

Chloe Seager’s books always make me laugh! Cry is actually much easier to do because I literally cry at everything, and I mean everything!

Our World or Fictional Worlds?

Fictional!

Audiobooks: Yes or No?

Yes. Especially before the pandemic, when I was commuting to work, so handy. However, I’m very picky when it comes to narrators. My favourite was The Confession by Jessie Burton and Narrated by Hayley Atwell (obvs!)

Do You Ever Judge a Book by its Cover?

Yes…not all the time but some covers are a bit bad!

Book to Movie or Book to TV Adaptations?

Depends on the type of book. Contemporary and Romance books straight to movie. Fantasy are always best when made into TV Adaptations (of course that also depends on who is producing it too).

A Movie or TV-Show You Preferred to its Book?

Pretty Little Liars (I’m Sorry!)

Series or Standalones?

Some stories are made to be short and some need various books. When I get attached to the characters I do like to read about them for as longs as I can!

I really missed doing one of these. I’m not tagging anyone in particular. if you come across this and want to do it…go ahead. Have some fun.

If there’s any tags you would like to see me doing, just tag me away!

Be Safe, wash your hands and wear a mask!

*FangirlSince1988 xxx

How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black & Illustrated by Rovina Cai – Review

Synopsis from Waterstones

Brimming with Black’s customary faerie magic, this atmospheric prequel to the events of The Folk of the Air trilogy digs deep into Cardan’s past to unearth some incredible revelations.

Exclusive edition – includes a black cover and sixteen extra pages of Rovina Cai’s art, from original sketches through the draft stages to final artwork that isn’t in the book, with discussion by Holly Black.

Once upon a time there was a boy with a wicked tongue…

Before Cardan was a cruel prince or a wicked king, he was a faerie child with a heart of stone. In this sumptuously illustrated tale, Holly Black reveals a deeper look into the dramatic life of Elfhame’s enigmatic high king.

This tale includes delicious details of life before The Cruel Prince, an adventure beyond The Queen of Nothing, and familiar but pivotal moments from The Folk of the Air trilogy, told wholly from Cardan’s perspective.

This new instalment in the Folk of the Air series is a return to the heart-racing romance, danger, humour and drama that enchanted readers everywhere.

REVIEW

Not sure I can actually name this a review because is just gonna be me saying how much I love this series, how much I love Cardan and how glad I am that in such a sh*tty year I was able to get some joy!

How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black it’s a really good add-on to the series, as it tells short stories from Cardan’s perspective from before The Folk of the Air trilogy timeline and also little snippets that we didn’t get to read in the trilogy and some that go beyond the last book.

It’s a fairly quick read with beautiful illustrations from Rovina Cai to accompany the stories. Just look at them! They are absolutely stunning and really envision the Jude and Cardan I had in my mind.

Everyone who knows me, knows that I am a bit trash for Cardan. Thankfully, I only seem to crush on questionable fictional men and seem to have a better sense in real life! But I do love this handsome bad boy character development and redemption. He isn’t that bad after all.

I think the only complaint I have about How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories, it’s that I kinda wanted more! That’s the thing with novellas, they are always too short. I don’t think I will ever get enough of Elfhame, Cardan and Jude. I will always be excited to come back to this world and I kinda hope we get to do it again in the future.

If you haven’t read The Folk of the Air trilogy, I would definitely recommend reading it before the novella as not only you would get spoilers but also miss out on a lot of the connections to the trilogy.

How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black is a perfect gift for the fans of The Folk of the Air trilogy. If you do have the extra money I would suggest getting the Waterstones exclusive edition (as seen in my photos above) as I love the black cover and also comes with a bonus chapter with art concepts from Rovina Cai.

Rating: 🍍🍍🍍🍍🍍

Blog Tour: The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre by Robin Talley

Synopsis

It’s easy not to fall in love, right?

Melody McIntyre, stage manager extraordinaire, has a plan for everything. What she doesn’t have? Success with love. Every time she falls for someone during a school performance, both the romance and the show end in catastrophe. So, Mel swears off love until their upcoming production of Les Mis is over.

Of course, Mel didn’t count on Odile Rose, rising star in the acting world, auditioning for the spring performance. And she definitely didn’t expect Odile to be sweet, and funny and care as much about the play’s success as Mel. Which means that Melody McIntyre’s only plan now is trying desperately not to fall in love.

A hilarious, heartwarming and empowering read, perfect for fans of Pitch Perfect, Love Simon and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.

Review

The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre by Robin Talley was exactly what I needed after a bit of a reading slump.

I’ve only read one other book by the author – Pulp – which I really loved, so when I saw the opportunity to join the Blog Tour for The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre I just had to. Especially, being someone who absolutely adores Theatre, I really couldn’t resist a LGBTQ+ YA RomCom set in the theatre department of a High School.

I’m not going to lie, I really left this one until the last possible minute to read, because due to this pandemic my ADHD and Anxiety have been all over the place. I’ve started so many books in the past couple of months, but I just couldn’t block it down. However, I gave my word that I will be part of the Blog Tour so many weeks ago and one thing that gets me going it’s the fear of disappointing people.

With this in mind, on Sunday night I decided to pick up this book and I’m glad I did because I couldn’t stop reading until I was done!

Not sure if it was the fact that I’ve been missing theatre so much since this cursed pandemic started or that it has the cutest f/f love story, but The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre was the book that I really needed right now. (So, thank you past Ana for saying yes to this blog tour!)

The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre by Robin Talley, plays on theatre superstitions. Any theatre geek knows how you should not wish Good Luck but instead say Break a Leg, and how you should not mention Macbeth in a theatre (unless it’s during the performance of said play). If you disrespect the superstitions, really bad things can happen to those working in the theatre. So everyone, even the non-believers, usually respect the superstitions. Unless your name is Nick the Dick…

What I also loved about the book, was how it was divided like a play, by Acts and then with scene heads as a way to represent a new chapter. The writing was a bit more simple from the one from Pulp, but I think with how theatre techie it is, the simplicity actually made the the story flow so much better.

Melody, our main character, isn’t the instant likeable character, at least not for me. (I wonder if it was due to our difference of opinions when it comes to liking actors and her Musical Theatre preferences! ahah) But, she really grows on you and I love how she knows what she loves and just works hard for it. Maybe a bit too hard, but what teenager doesn’t just go overboard with something they’re passionate about? I sure did!

I think some of the lessons that you can get from Melody’s story is that the greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return, and that one can’t just throw away their shot.

This book actually made me shed a few tiers. It could be because I’m emotionally misérable since this pandemic started, but I like to think it was because I actually started to relate to Melody and her love story. It was spot on what I need to read right now, and I’m so happy I had the pleasure to be part of the Blog Tour.

The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre by Robin Talley, is perfect for fans of Leah On the Offbeat and Musical Theatre geeks who also like Pitch Perfect and Glee. Out this Thursday!

Rating: 🍍🍍🍍🍍

Thanks HQ Stories for sending me a e-ARC of The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre in exchange for my honest review.

Check out the rest of the Blog Tour!

Top 5 Wednesday – Hidden Gems in Your Favourite Genre

Once again apologies for not posting this on a Wednesday. Has been really hard to catch up on my blog posts with no laptop.

This week’s topic is about Hidden Gems in your favourite Genre. However, I don’t really have a favourite genre. Its YA considered a genre? Because those are my favourite types of books.

So I guess I’m gonna let you know about my Top 5 YA hidden gems.

Unwind Series by Neal Shusterman

Goodreads Synopsis: Connor, Risa, and Lev are running for their lives.

The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child “unwound,” whereby all of the child’s organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn’t technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state, is not enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape and to survive.

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Goodreads Synopsis: The Lovely Bones is the story of a family devastated by a gruesome murder — a murder recounted by the teenage victim. Upsetting, you say? Remarkably, first-time novelist Alice Sebold takes this difficult material and delivers a compelling and accomplished exploration of a fractured family’s need for peace and closure.

The details of the crime are laid out in the first few pages: from her vantage point in heaven, Susie Salmon describes how she was confronted by the murderer one December afternoon on her way home from school. Lured into an underground hiding place, she was raped and killed. But what the reader knows, her family does not. Anxiously, we keep vigil with Susie, aching for her grieving family, desperate for the killer to be found and punished.

Sebold creates a heaven that’s calm and comforting, a place whose residents can have whatever they enjoyed when they were alive — and then some. But Susie isn’t ready to release her hold on life just yet, and she intensely watches her family and friends as they struggle to cope with a reality in which she is no longer a part. To her great credit, Sebold has shaped one of the most loving and sympathetic fathers in contemporary literature.

A Cidade dos Deuses Selvagens (City of the Beasts) Series by Isabel Allende

Goodreads Synopsis: Fifteen-year-old Alexander Cold is about to join his fearless grandmother on the trip of a lifetime. An International Geographic expedition is headed to the dangerous, remote wilds of South America, on a mission to document the legendary Yeti of the Amazon known as the Beast.

But there are many secrets hidden in the unexplored wilderness, as Alex and his new friend Nadia soon discover. Drawing on the strength of their spirit guides, both young people are led on a thrilling and unforgettable journey to the ultimate discovery. . .

Born at Midnight (Shadow Falls) Series by C.C. Hunter

Goodreads Synopsis: One night Kylie Galen finds herself at the wrong party, with the wrong people, and it changes her life forever. Her mother ships her off to Shadow Falls—a camp for troubled teens, and within hours of arriving, it becomes painfully clear that her fellow campers aren’t just “troubled.” Here at Shadow Falls, vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, witches and fairies train side by side—learning to harness their powers, control their magic and live in the normal world.

Kylie’s never felt normal, but surely she doesn’t belong here with a bunch of paranormal freaks either. Or does she? They insist Kylie is one of them, and that she was brought here for a reason. As if life wasn’t complicated enough, enter Derek and Lucas. Derek’s a half-fae who’s determined to be her boyfriend, and Lucas is a smokin’ hot werewolf with whom Kylie shares a secret past. Both Derek and Lucas couldn’t be more different, but they both have a powerful hold on her heart.

Even though Kylie feels deeply uncertain about everything, one thing is becoming painfully clear—Shadow Falls is exactly where she belongs…

Forgotten by Cat Patrick

Goodreads Synopsis: Each night at precisely 4:33 am, while sixteen-year-old London Lane is asleep, her memory of that day is erased. In the morning, all she can “remember” are events from her future. London is used to relying on reminder notes and a trusted friend to get through the day, but things get complicated when a new boy at school enters the picture. Luke Henry is not someone you’d easily forget, yet try as she might, London can’t find him in her memories of things to come.

When London starts experiencing disturbing flashbacks, or flash-forwards, as the case may be, she realizes it’s time to learn about the past she keeps forgetting-before it destroys her future.

I realise now that all of them have a touch of fantasy. So maybe YA Fantasy is my favourite genre.

Of this top 5 my absolute favourite book is actually The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. I adore that book and forever annoyed at Peter Jackson for ruining it with his film.

Have you read any of the books in this list? What’s your favourite genre?

Happy Readings!

*FangirlSince1988 xxx

Wunderkids Book Launch Party

IMG_6035A few weeks ago, I got the pleasure to go to the Wunderkids by Jacqueline Silvester Book Launch Party. This was my first Book Launch so I was equally excited and nervous, thankfully I could count on my new Book Blogger friends to not fly solo at this party. Once again I was reunited with Paige and Nicola, and we had such a great time (one of us was having a little more fun than the others, not going to point fingers *cough* Nicola * cough*)

The launch party was hosted at The Workers Cafe in Kingsland Road, when we arrived the space was decorated with Wunderkids books, fairy lights, flowers and a table set up with meringues. As the evening went on the food started coming out and it was pretty delicious, well it was for me not so much for the girls. Basically I had the chance to try oyster for the first time and there was also this prawns on a stick that had been barbecued and I may have ate about 7 of them. #SorryNotSorry

Thankfully for the girls there was some amazing cupcakes to go for, and yes I only ate one of them!

We had a chance to talk with Jacqueline a few times about her book, how the next one has been written already, how she hopes it gets translated into more languages, and how we both agree that even though it will be lovely to see Wunderkids being adapted to the screen, most book to screen adaptations aren’t that good. So for now let’s just keep it as it is.

Overall, my first book launch was pretty awesome. We left the event very happy, some more than others (*cough* Nicola *cough*). I got to meet some other lovely bookish people, and after talking with Jacqueline I got even more excited to read Wunderkids. Have you noticed how chunky it is! Perfect!

Be Wunderful!

*FangirlSince1988 xxx

Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick – Book Review

Anna Kendrick

First Book and Starbucks of 2017

I gave this book 5 stars. First, because giving a low score in someone’s autobiography is kinda like saying ‘your life sucks’ (and I’m not that mean!). Second, I loved this book so much. I tend to not like many autobiographies, but if they are all like this, I’m buying more.

I wanted this book as soon as it was announced by Anna because I’m a big fan of hers (that is not in any way affecting my review at all. I’m all honesty here). I had no idea of her musical background though, I only knew she could sing from Pitch Perfect.

To me she was Jessica from Twilight, even though she goes on about how people weren’t all that interested in her when she was working on the films. It was the Rob’s and the Kristen’s that they wanted. Well Anna, I was paying attention. To me you stood out even though you were a secondary character, or number 44 as you explained to us. Since then I’ve watched everything she’s been on. But less about my not-so-secret crush for Anna and more about the book.

Most of all, this book is inspiring, fun, and honest. She doesn’t sugarcoat her struggles, fame doesn’t really change your life over night. You can be nominated for an Oscar and still come back to your shitty apartment that you share with two mates with a black tar stained carpet, but heck you now have a pair of 1000 dollar shoes.

The book is light hearted, with the occasional swearing, sex references and Harry Potter mentions. It goes from stories of her childhood, being a musical theatre teenager, to independent films and getting a private jet from the Oscars to her 3am call.

I finished the book thinking that I just have been cozied up in the sofa on a sleep over getting to know a new friend (are we friends now, Anna? Are we?). I now really want to go to her ultimate fantasy New Year’s Party, not so sure about the Valentine’s one (not really into a big orgy!).

Ultimately, this book is empowering. Because even if you think you are a Scrappy Little Nobody, you are the one in control of your life. She always felt that people patronised her for being little and looking younger, so she made herself be heard. So be yourself and be the somebody you want to be, because you too can one day have your dress sewed into a diamond necklace (isn’t that what we all strive for in life? JK).

Rating: ★★★★★

*FangirlSince1988 xxx

Editing Emma by Chloe Seager – Book Review

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Editing Emma in Marbella

You know when you read a book that connects with you on such a personal level that you want everyone to read it? Chloe Seager’s debut novel Editing Emma is exactly the one I want you all to read (NOW!).

Written as a series of blog posts, Editing Emma tells us the story, or better Emma Nash tell us her story, via her “Secret blog of a nearly proper person”.

Emma uses her blog more as a diary for herself where she records her school life, love problems, her masturbation records and pretty much her overall teenage life. “Online you can choose who you want to be, if only real life were so easy”.

This is the book I needed as a teenager so I would have felt I was actually normal, not that there is anything normal about Emma, but knowing that I’m not the only one who secretly stalked their first love after being ghosted (before ghosted was even a thing!) that’s a relief. Oh! And let me tell you that I had to do that during the dial-up internet time. Which basically meant I may or may not have bumped into him ‘by accident’ a few times outside his favourite places.

Teenage girls with a crush can be relentless. Thank Dumbledore that we grow up right? This is one of the first books where I truly felt that this teenage portrayal was spot on, or maybe I’m just happy I found another weirdo like me.

Growing up there wasn’t many witty and honest books about being a teenage girl. Heck, there wasn’t even that many books where the main character was a teenage girl. I feel that just like me Chloe grow up during such terrible times where too many books made us feel guilty about sexual urges and for bleeding out of our vaginas every month.

It’s such a relief that Chloe created a book for teenage girls and I want more books like this, that addresses masturbation, periods and other intrusive thoughts that any 16 year old girl has. This not only a book for teens but also for adults, as we can definitely reminisce on our teenage years, minus the advance in technology (Myspace and MSN messenger was my jam growing up! Do people still use jam? Gosh, I am getting to old in YA years!)

Please, trust me when I tell you this is the book to read! And no, I’m not being paid by Chloe to say all these lovely things (however, she is a big Gilmore Girls fan so she gets extra brownie points for it!).

So head over to your nearest bookshop, favourite book buying website, anywhere that sells books and buy Editing Emma, because I promise you this book will bring laugher into your life.

Hopefully, this wont be the last we read of Chloe!

Rating:★★★★★

*FangirlSince1988 xxx

P.S.: Bonus pictures to when I met Chloe in YALC back in July and got my book signed.