It’s Halloween! | Trick or Treat Book Tag

Hello everyone! I hope you guys are all enjoying Halloween today! (Can you even believe it’s already the end of October?!) Although many of you may not be trick-or-treating this year, it’s still Halloween and I thought, why not do a book tag in honor of this celebration? I found this book tag on Bea’s blog (When Curiosity Killed the Cat) and thought it was a fitting one to do for today. Credit to Alyssa for the creation of this book tag!

Let’s get on with it!

Kit Kat Bar – An anticipated release

Winter

That shall go to Winter, hands down! I can’t wait to get my hands on this! That reminds me, I should probably get my reviews up on the previous books in the series so I don’t have to rush them when I finish reading this installment of the series.

M&Ms – A book with a colorful cover

I feel like I answer this for literally everything, but I’m going to go with A Thousand Pieces of You. I mean, just LOOK at the cover!

A Thousand Pieces of You

If that isn’t colorful, I don’t know what is. Its sequel’s cover is just as colorful too! This series sure knows how to attract attention.

Milky Way – Name a book that makes you feel all gooey in the middle.

Carry On

Umm… almost every contemporary romance?! Have to say, I’m kind of a sucker for those. But I’m going to go with Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, because although it’s technically a fantasy, that isn’t to say it didn’t have romance—and the romance was perfectly done!

Sugar Babies – An underrated book or character

Although my immediate answer would be Shadow Falls—I’ve used that answer so many times for questions like these that it’s become a natural thought—I’m going to go with a different answer this time and choose the Goddess War series by Kendare Blake. I haven’t heard of this series being talked about much, though it definitely deserves to be! Great for Greek Mythology lovers. 😉

Sour Patch Kids – A book that started off sour and ended up being sweet.

I’m honestly having such a blank space in my head right now. *Cue Blank Space music* I know I answered a question like this before for another tag, but I just can’t remember my answer. Oh well. I think I’m going to go with The Heir by Kiera Cass for this! To be precise it kind of went up and down on the sour-and-sweet scale, but overall it started off kind of iffy but I liked it by the end of it.

The Heir

Hershey Kiss – Your favorite first kiss!

Okay, this is a question where I think I’m going to have to skip. You’d think it was such an easy question, but there are so many first kisses I love, so I honestly can’t choose just one. Nope! You all know how terrible I am with choosing just one.

Favorite book to read during Halloween-time?

Anything creepy! Having read not many Halloween-type books, I can’t exactly say what’s my favorite. Although from the ones I have read I definitely enjoyed Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, The Dead List by Jennifer Armentrout and some other ones. 😉


So that’s it for this Halloween-themed book tag! Tell me; what would you answer for these? I’m not going to be tagging anyone, but if you comment down below that you’re interested, I’ll definitely add your name to the post! What scary books do you recommend? And also; what is your favourite Halloween candy or chocolate? Yes, this is an important question. 🙂

Trick or Treat and Happy Halloween!

Until the Next Meal, Analee

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Book Travelling Thursdays #1 (October 29th, 2015): A Book That Scared You

Hello! It’s Thursday and although I usually don’t have a meme on a Thursday, today I decided to give a try to Book Travelling Thursdays, a meme hosted by Catia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @ Danielle’s Book Blog. I can’t say whether I will regularly do this, since it all depends on my schedule and how much time I have to blog, but either way, let’s get on to…

Book Traveling Thursday2How it Works:

1. Choose a book that fits with the theme of the week (which are listed per month on the Book Travelling Thursdays Goodreads group).

2. Include a short explanation as to why you chose the book.

3. Pick out different cover editions of your book: the original cover, the cover from your country, your favourite cover, and your least favourite cover.

Alright then! Let’s get on with it, shall we?

This week’s topic is, in honor of Halloween, of course, A Book That Scared You. To be honest, I can’t really think of any truly scary books that I’ve read off the top of my head! That definitely is a sign I should probably get going on some more creepy reads. Nonetheless I’m going to choose The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkins! It’s not outright a horror read or anything, more of a book with a thriller or paranormal feel than anything else, but it still had me pretty chilled while reading it.

Original Cover + Cover from my Country(?)

This cover isn’t bad! It really portrays the whole dark theme going on with this book. I’m pretty sure this is the cover that’s in my country too (Canada), though I’m not sure since there are a lot of different editions of this book, with the same style but with a different background color. Talk about confusing! Anywho, this looks pretty cool so I’m good with it.

Favourite Cover

UK

That isn’t to say I don’t like the originals, I do, but for some reason this one interests me a bit more. This is the UK cover, if I’m not mistaken, and I just think the background coloring stands out, really makes the book look dreamlike and haunted at the same time, as Cassandra Clare blurbs the book. That being said I still like the other cover!

Least Favourite Covers

I believe the first is the Russian cover? Not 100% sure, but pretty sure. Either way, it looks more like a mermaid fantasy than anything else! Or is that just me? It just doesn’t go with the book, in my opinion.

The second one is the Italian cover, if I’m not mistaken, and I just feel as it the color theme is off. I don’t know, it just doesn’t work for me that much.

And the last one is the German cover, which, although doesn’t look that bad, still rubs the wrong way. Maybe it’s the way the font is set up? I don’t know.


So that’s it for today’s Book Travelling Thursday! Tell me, what are some books that have scared you? (Feel free to give me some recommendations.) Did you read this book? Did you find it as haunting (and awesome) as I did? What covers do you like the most? Dislike? Feel free to tell me whatever in the comments! 

Happy Thursday and early Halloween! ❤ 

Until the Next Meal, Analee

WWW Wednesday #30 (October 28th, 2015)

Hello everyone! I shouldn’t have to tell y’all what it is today, because I’m sure you know already. 😉 It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for a WWW Wednesday, a meme formerly hosted by MizB @ Should be Reading and is now hosted by Sam @Taking on a World of Words. To play along, just answer these questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Currently Reading

A Monster Calls

Apart from all my boring assigned reading I have from school, I’m currently reading A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, attempting to fit in a darker read before Halloween comes. I had told myself I’d get into more of the scarier books this month, but October is nearly finished and I hardly read any of said scary books. Oh well.

Either way, I’m loving A Monster Calls so much right now! It’s a very fast and addicting read, I’m almost finished it. Can’t wait! *Stares at book longingly*

Recently Finished

Carry On was fabulous! (But of course, I expected it to be.) It’s Rainbow Rowell, you guys, and seeing how much I enjoyed the three novels of hers I’ve read (Fangirl, Eleanor and Park, & Attachments) I’m glad Carry On wasn’t a disappointment. Hopefully I’ll get the chance to work on my review and post it soon for you guys!

Snow Like Ashes is one of my (re-) reads for which I actually managed to get a review done in time, you guys! You can’t even fathom how happy I am that for once I posted a review within a week of finishing the book. ❤ But anyway, the short of it is I loved it! You can check out all my rambling on it here, if you want.

Reborn is another re-read of mine, one that I thoroughly enjoyed! I feel as if this series isn’t talked about as much when it really should be, so I’m taking this chance to recommend it to y’all, and its precedent series, Shadow Falls! Seriously, it’s great.

Read Next

Ice Like Fire is definitely a book I want to read asap! After my re-read of Snow Like Ashes, I’m itching to jump into it more than ever. I already have my copy of it, so I’m ready to get back into this world (if life permits it, of course. *Sigh*)

Library of Souls is my next read that I’m hoping to get to, since it seems like the perfect read for this time of the month. I really enjoyed the previous two books in the series, and I’m hoping this will live up to the standards!

Eternal is the sequel to Reborn, and although I’m not sure whether I’ll have the time to get to this one, I’ll definitely try. Right now I’m kind of delaying reading it since I’m trying to get a review on Reborn up before I read it, so… I guess I’ll see!

Ink and Bone is on my list again, though with all the other reads and with the fact that life my teachers are plotting against me, I doubt I’ll be able to get to it. Here’s hoping!

Ashes to Ashes didn’t even make it to my list this week despite being on my read next last week; I’ve kind of given up on reading it for the moment. I just have too many other pressing reads at the moment, you know? Hopefully I’ll read it someday soon though.


So tell me, what do you think of these reads? Like ’em? Hate ’em? Let me know whatever thoughts you have in the comments below! And don’t feel shy to tell me about your reads this week, or link your post. I’d love to hear from you!

Happy reading!

Until the Next Meal, Analee

Top Ten Tuesday #26 (October 27th) | Halloween Freebie: Top 10 Creepy Covers

It’s Tuesday once again, and that means it’s time for a Top Ten Tuesday, a meme from the wonderful bloggers over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is a Halloween freebie:

Halloween themed freebie — your choice (ie. 10 best ghost stories, 10 things that scare you in books, 10 literary Halloween costumes, 10 vampire novels, 10 books that WILL scare you, 10 non-scary books for Halloween, 10 scariest covers, etc.)

I’ve decided to go with top 10 creepy covers! There are so many of them out there, I decided to spotlight a few and make a list out of it. I haven’t read any of these, by the way, so I’m not going to be going into much detail about why I chose the covers… not that I should need much explaining, if the covers are doing their job! (Also, I’m warning you. Some of these are pretty creepy, so if you do somehow get freaked out, please don’t come and murder me out of revenge? I’m only half-joking. :P) Let’s get on with it, shall we?

1. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Anna Dressed in Blood
Has a very creepy look to it for sure!

2. Asylum by Madeleine Roux

Asylum
Although this doesn’t have me quivering in fear, still a very creepy cover!

3. The Fury by Alexander Gordon Smith

The Fury
Oh boy. Getting the chills already!

4. Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick

Ashes
I don’t even want to imagine how I’d feel having this book laying around somewhere… #notsafe

5. Engines of the Broken World by Jason Vanhee

Engines of the Broken World
This isn’t going to end well, I just know it.

6. The Suffering by Rin Chupeco

The Suffering
A very dark, mysterious feel to this one!

7. The Possession of Cassie Quinn by Kathryn Knutson

The Possession of Cassie Quinn
Getting the chills again…

8. Dead City by Joe McKinney

Dead City
Yep, this is one zombie book I’m definitely not picking up. Not that I have many zombie books on my TBR in the first place, but you know what I mean.

9. Shutter by Courtney Alameda

Shutter
This is more of a different kind of creepy than the other ones I’ve named above, I’d say, but definitely isn’t a comforting cover, to say the least.

10. I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

I Hunt Killers
Not as creepy as some of the other books on here, but still pretty creepy!

So there we have it! I think I’m kind of reconsidering this whole theme because some of these covers are majorly creepy… I may have a tolerance for horror at times, but let’s just say I’m going to be staying away from a lot of these books.

So anyway. I managed to make this list without completely flinching and hiding away in terror, so tell me;

What do you think of these covers? Which ones could you handle? Which ones made you cower away? What topic did you choose for this week’s TTT? (Feel free to link it if you want!) 

Let me know whatever thoughts you may have down below, I’d love to know what you think! And while we’re at it…

BOO!

(Predictable, I know, but you know I had to!)

Enjoy your day! ❤

Until the Next Meal, Analee

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch | Book Review

Snow Like AshesSnow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

4.5 Stars= Amazing

Publication Date: October 14th 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Genre(s): Fantasy, Young-Adult
Series Status: Snow Like Ashes #1
Page Count: 416
Source & Format: Bought, Hardcover

Synopsis from Goodreads:

A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

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Ahem. Before we start can I please just stare at this book’s cover? Seriously, I love it so much. 😛

Hello everyone! Today I have for you a review on a book I recently re-read; Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch. I first read this book way back at the beginning of 2015, and with the release of the second book, I decided to re-read this book—and I don’t regret it one bit.

Reading Snow Like Ashes the first time was a magical experience, one that I loved and fell in love with, and re-reading it didn’t diminish that at all, if anything, just reminded me how awesome this book is. Seriously, I haven’t talked about this book enough on my blog, and I’m here to remedy that right now by giving you a feel-filled review on it! Be warned that may be a lot of rambling and fangirling. Of course, you’re all used to that by now, right?

Let’s get on with it!

Plot

Oktuber was a maze of rickety barns and tents in maroon, azure, and sunshine orange, with the crystalline blue sky gleaming above, a sharp and beautiful contrast to the kingdom’s earth tones. But it was the Autumnians themselves who left me gaping—they were beautiful.

Ahhhh the plot! Where do I even start? Well, the basics of course; I really loved the plot. I’m deducting half a star because the story did have a couple iffy not-so-stellar parts, and had several bouts of info-dumping which kind of left me confused for a while, but overall it was so well-written, I hardly could stop reading—and I already knew what was going to happen!

I also have to mention the plot twists were spot-on, I remember the first time I read this book I was able to guess at a few, but there were some that completely blew me away. I was so invested in the story! Sara Raasch has a beautiful mix of romance, action and the whole theme of self-discovery thing going on, and it made for a wonderful adventure.

As a side note, may I just say that the world-building was on point? Snow Like Ashes is set in a world centered around the four seasons. Already I’m like, how cool is that? It’s not often I see something like this, and Sara Raasch handled it with style. Although sometimes I was a bit lost with the various bouts of info-dumping at the start as I mentioned above, I caught on pretty quickly as the story went on and I fell in love with this world! Magic, kingdoms, seasons; what more could you ask for?

Characters

This is where the fangirling really comes in, guys. Not only can the main character, Meira, completely kick-butt, there were so many other characters who interested me and brought out all the emotions.

“I wanted a life of my own, a life where I could feel myself being a part of Winter. And that, to me, came though fighting for it.”

You go, girl! Meira, as I said, can completely kick-butt. Not only that, she is simply so awesome. I empathized so much with her heartbreaking tale of wanting to be herself and have a place in Winter’s kingdom, to make an impact. I understood her struggle of fighting to get Sir’s approval, needing it yet not wanting to need it. I admired her perseverance in the face of challenges and the weight of others. She reminded me so much of Celaena from Throne of Glass… yet not. They’re both really similar but still both different. Of course, I love them both!

“No matter what happens, no matter who turns on me, no matter what pompous swine thinks he has power over me, I am still me. I will always be me.”

Although there is also romance in the novel, Meira’s goals came first. Her fight to stay true to herself is was what took dominance, and that was wonderfully portrayed. Fear not, of course, there is definitely romance, but I loved how it didn’t take up the whole thing.

Moving on to Mather, another one of our characters and one of Meira’s love interests. Yes, one of. There is a love triangle in this book, one that I will happily say I didn’t mind. Mather was a really interesting character, and I really liked Mather’s and Meira’s relationship. Kind of a forbidden love thing theme going on, except the love is not openly acknowledged. However, there is a certain someone I’m kind of leaning towards as well…

Theron is the name of our second love interest! It’s not insta-love, and it’s not even full-out love between him and Meira, but there are definitely sparks and I really love his character!! *Swoon* He understands Meira so well (not that Mather doesn’t, but you know what I mean) and his ambitions and dreams really made him into someone I love. Currently I’m loving both him and Mather so much; I just can’t wait to see more of them in the next book.

Last, but not least, a little insight on the other characters; Sara Raasch sure knows how to have your emotions in a twist! My thoughts on Sir must’ve changed a thousand times, from angry, to confused, to frustrated to understanding, and that’s without counting the other characters! There was a variety of people we meet throughout the course of this book, who make reading this book a thrilling experience.

Writing Style

“One flake falls, twisting down through the empty sky. One frozen speck of snow. Then another, and another, and before I know it the roads will be covered in dozens of distinct flakes. All these little pieces combining to create one giant, volatile snowstorm, something beautiful and dangerous and epic.”

The writing was simply fantabulous! It allowed the readers to create vivid and clear images in our heads of this world we’re in, and I simply fell in love. Reading it for the second time only re-introduced me to this beautiful writing! Even through the info-dumping I mentioned above, the writing made it so it wasn’t too confusing, even if a few things flew over my head. Also, there was no cliffhanger in this book, which in itself is pretty rare these days. (Not that I begrudge authors using cliffhangers—you have to admit, they’re pretty handy!) The ending was written perfectly, wrapped up enough to have me satisfied, but not too much so that I’m no longer interested in continuing the story. (And let’s be real here, given how much I loved this book, even if the ending was terrible, I would definitely not abandon this series!)

Overall…

Go read this. Now. Especially if you like fantasy! Or Sarah J. Maas‘s books! Or anything magical and amazing! I can almost 100% assure you that you will love this book. There are themes of being true to yourself and persevering in times of difficulty. There is a world full of magic and beautiful descriptions. There are characters you will fall in love with. All in all, a must-read! I can’t stress enough how much you should go pick this up. 🙂

A little wrap-up of everything I’ve said:

  • the story is addicting
  • the world-building is amazing
  • Meira is a wonderful character with spunk and personality
  • Mather and Theron are both great love interests and characters
  • the writing was engaging and full of beautiful descriptions

So, the final question. Do I recommend this? That’s a big YES from me!!


Discussion time! What do you think of this novel? Have you read it? Do you want to read it? What expectations do you have for it? Let me know in the comments below!

Until the Next Meal, Analee

Reawakened by Colleen Houck | Book Review

ReawakenedReawakened by Colleen Houck

3 Stars

Publication Date: August 11th 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Genre(s): Fantasy (Mythology), Romance, Young-Adult
Series Status: The Reawakened #1
Page Count: 400
Source & Format: Bought, Paperback

Synopsis from Goodreads:

When seventeen-year-old Lilliana Young enters the Metropolitan Museum of Art one morning during spring break, the last thing she expects to find is a live Egyptian prince with godlike powers, who has been reawakened after a thousand years of mummification.

And she really can’t imagine being chosen to aid him in an epic quest that will lead them across the globe to find his brothers and complete a grand ceremony that will save mankind.

But fate has taken hold of Lily, and she, along with her sun prince, Amon, must travel to the Valley of the Kings, raise his brothers, and stop an evil, shape-shifting god named Seth from taking over the world.

From New York Times bestselling author Colleen Houck comes an epic adventure about two star-crossed teens who must battle mythical forces and ancient curses on a journey with more twists and turns than the Nile itself.

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Greetings! As I’m sure all of you have realised by now, I’m going to be sharing my thoughts on Reawakened by Colleen Houck for you today. No spoilers, as always, but I’m warning you, there will be some rambling! If you’re in a hurry and simply want to know the overall idea of my thoughts, feel free to skip to the ‘overall’ part at the bottom. ❤ I won’t be offended! 😛

Let’s get on with it, shall we?


Plot

This story goes through as what I’ve saw several people call the “White Savior” syndrome. I know lots of people have hated on this book because of this fact, and although this was something my mind registers, it didn’t really bother me. Sure, the main character is white and she has to help Egyptian demigods to help save the world, and yes, this is a lot like Tiger’s Curse, but that’s all I though about. I didn’t really care.

But anyway. Just wanted to put that out there. Moving on, looking at it from a critical perspective, the plot was okay. I mean, there was a bit too much info-dumping for my taste and a lot of the events felt unnecessary and weren’t memorable. I think one of the reasons the plot felt a bit weak to me because even though it had different events, the outline of it all felt very familiar (especially due to the characters), similar to the outline of Tiger’s Curse. Although I enjoyed Tiger’s Curse when I first read it (a while ago), I was hoping for more of a unique situation when it came to this novel, which wasn’t fully delivered.

From an entertainment perspective, I wasn’t a big fan of the beginning, but the pace picked up from there, and after that it was relatively easy to get swept away into the story. It was fun to read about, with all the mythology and magic, etc. I can’t say whether I liked how the mythology was portrayed, considering how a lot of it flew over my head due to the info-dumping, and I can’t vouch for whether the mythology was portrayed accurately, but I can say for sure that it was pretty entertaining to read.

Characters

“Even though I was very picky, wore only designer clothes, and has a monthly allowance bigger than what most people my age earned in a year, I was by no means a snob.”

Yep, this quote above is legit something the main character, Lilliana said. I didn’t like her. No sugar-coating here! Honestly, she didn’t bother me as much at first, but afterwards I simply couldn’t stand her—something that’s pretty unusual for me. Now, just looking at some things she said, I’m wondering how I was able to go through this novel without cringing.

Although she had potential to be a character I’d like, Lilliana’s character fell flat due to her Mary Sue qualities and inconsistency in personality. (Mary Sue, by the way, is the kind of character who is basically perfect, in our case; amazing grades, rich, a perfect good girl, who is absolutely gorgeous.)

Having said that, I’ve read enough Mary Sue-esque characters to usually be immune to the annoyances of those qualities, and be able to simply enjoy the character. What changed for this book is the fact that I’ve already seen this persona in Kelsey from Tiger’s Curse, and I simply am not in the mood to have to go through another copy of this.

In addition to that, she constantly contradicts everything she previously said, and that inconsistency really bothered me. In the very first chapter, I clearly recollect her mention that she prefers independence because of how stifling her parents can be, however time and time again she proves otherwise when she hardly shows any free will and goes along with Amon’s plans. Geez, grow a backbone and some personality, Lilliana! 

Before I rant and ramble some more, let’s move on to Amon, the secondary main character. I definitely ended up liking him a lot more than Lilliana, although this wasn’t the case at first. I’m pretty used to reading about stalker-ish guys (I’ve read several books with them, at least) but in this case I wasn’t a huge fan of Amon’s actions in the beginning of the book. He basically kidnaps Lilliana’s life force, or at least, invades it, uses it, without her consent, and then when she tries to run away, he follows her! Not flattering, Amon, not flattering. Although this remained in the back of my mind for a lot of the novel, I was able to let go of this, and enjoyed his character well enough. He was sweet and it was lots of fun reading about how he tried to get used to everything in the modern world. Amon definitely has potential (though he doesn’t deserve someone like Lilliana) and I’ll be looking forward to seeing how it all turns out with him!

Writing Style

“Eternity is a long time to exist without something to remember.”

The novel was all told from Lilliana’s perspective, if I’m not mistaken, which, I will admit, limited my liking of the writing. Lilliana’s character just simply grated on my nerves, and although I’d usually commend authors for having their character’s voice so clearly in the writing, it bothered me here. Apart from that, it was easy to read (aside from the info-dumping sections) and I don’t really have any complaints about it! I did notice that it really developed from the Tiger’s Curse style; you can tell that Houck really improved her writing, which was already really good in her previous series. 😉

Overall…

I’m deciding to go with a rating of 3 stars. I mean, I enjoyed the novel while reading, but it had too many flaws for me to give a higher rating. Note that I didn’t hate this book, but I didn’t love it either. Perhaps if I had been writing my review immediately after I read the book, maybe my rating might be higher, but it wouldn’t be accurate considering how the more I think of the book, the more I’m able to find more flaws that I realize I didn’t like in the book. My main problems were stemmed from the fact that I wasn’t a huge fan of the characters, specifically Lilliana, and too much of the story’s outline reminded me of Tiger’s Curse. That being said, I will definitely give a shot to the second book in this series.

Do I recommend picking it up? I think, if you’re really interested, your safest bet would be to borrow from the library or from a friend, but with this kind of book, I’d say it’s up to you whether or not you should read it!


So there we have it! Sorry for that long review, everyone!! XD Got a litle bit too much rambling done in there.

But don’t let it go all in vain! Tell me, have you read this novel? If so what did you think of it? Do you want to read it? Do you no longer want to read it? Let me know in the comments below! ❤

Enjoy your day! Hugs!

Until the Next Meal, Analee

WWW Wednesday #29 (October 21st, 2015)

Hello everyone! It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for a WWW Wednesday, a meme formerly hosted by MizB @ Should be Reading and is now hosted by Sam @Taking on a World of Words. To play along, just answer these questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Currently Reading

Carry On

I started this over the weekend, I believe? I still haven’t been able to finish it, unfortunately (life got in the way, of course) but I do plan on finishing it this week! I’m really enjoying it so far! ❤

Recently Finished

Zeroes was such an awesome read! It had its flaws, but I still really enjoyed the book! It was full of action and the writing was on point. 😉 So much more to say, but I’ll save that for my longer rambling…

Vengeance Road was definitely a different kind of read! I think for the beginning of it, it could’ve been more fast-paced (but maybe that’s just me) and there were some little things I was a bit iffy about, but overall it was a good read!

Read Next

I’ve kind of given up on reading the first two books—I’ll read them though, I promise!—but I’m keeping them as possibilities! I don’t know, I just can’t seem to bring myself to pick up either of these so…

I have 2 re-reads to add to my read next this week! One of them is Reborn. The third book in the Shadow Falls: After Dark series is being released in a couple of days from now and since it’s been a while since I’ve read the previous books, I decided I’m going to attempt to reread the first two books before I read the third. Looking forward to it!

Also, the sequel to Snow Like Ashes has been released, and I am dying to read it! And although I remember what heppened in the first book well enough, I really feel like reliving it all, and so I plan to reread Snow Like Ashes as well, though I probably won’t be able to get through with it this week. Here’s hoping!


So these are my books this week! What do you think? Have you read any of them? What are your books this week? Feel free to link your post! I’d love to check them out. ❤ I hope you all enjoy your day!

Until the Next Meal, Analee

Top Ten Tuesday #25 (October 20th): Top 10 Wishes I’d Ask the Book Genie to Grant Me

♪It’s Tuesday, Tuesday… Nope, doesn’t have the same ring to it. 😉 But anyway! Hello bookworms! It is indeed Tuesday, which means it’s time, of course, for a Top Ten Tuesday, a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is :

10 Wishes I’d Ask The Book Genie To Grant Me (a new book from a certain author,  a reading superpower, a library that is your absolutely #librarygoals, a character to come to life, to met a certain author etc. etc.) YOU DREAM IT AND THE BOOKISH GENIE CAN DO IT.

There are so many I can name for this! So are you ready? Let’s do this.


1. Own any book that I want for free.

This is a given, right? The wallet always suffers from buying books, which of course puts limitations on the books I buy, no matter what sale is going on! So it would be a dream come true if I could own any book I want, the moment I wish for it, for free. Every bookworm’s dream! ❤

Basically me about all the books…

2. Have a huge personal library in my house filled with said books.

Ahhhh, imagine, a huge, cozy library with reading chairs, and of course, a nice bed so I can read comfortably, day or night, with bookshelves surrounding me, which all hold my precious books… Oh! And also a fridge and some snacks in case I get hungry. After all, I really doubt that after entering this awesome library, I’d want to ever leave! XD

Beast Library
This seems like a pretty good image to start on! 😉 Just needs some extra Analee-themed finishes and that’s my new room! Get on it, Book Genie!

3. Give me the power to keep all books looking good as new.

You know those books you’ve had for a long time (paperbacks especially) that are simply in horrible condition, with broken spines, stained pages, and the horror you feel whenever you look at them? Yeah, that’s what this wish is for! Imagine if all your books—paperbacks included—were always in pristine condition, even after any damages it may have gotten? Ahhhh how amazing!

4. Make reading books a world-wide career for any bookworm (me included!)

Dream come true, right here! (Well one of my infinite dreams, of course.) This would honestly be the best job in the world (although maybe being a published author might come close). My life would be complete heaven, money-wise! Not to mention I’d definitely enjoy getting up for work in the morning!

5. Be transported into any book that I want, whenever I want.

Ooh, just imagine how amazing it would be if I could be inside a story, being whichever character I want, whenever I want?! Not only would that be incredibly epic, at least now I can kind of get some insight on why some characters are utter idiots…

6. Get my favourite characters to come to life.

..To get together for a Bad Blood music video replica!! Nah, I’m kidding for that one. But it would be so incredibly amazing if my favourite characters came to life!! That, of course includes book boyfriends—though I think I might collapse from excitement at that point—or even combust…

7. Have more time to read!!

There’s hardly ever time to read now, so yes, this wish must be granted!! I don’t care, stop time if you have to, Book Genie. That would be great, thanks!

8. Have unpublished sequels of books immediately after I finish the first book!

You have no idea how torturous it is having to wait for the next book in a series!! Or maybe you do, ’cause I know I’m not alone here! Aghhh I drive myself crazy just thinking about it. It would be so fantastic if I could have the sequels of books immediately after I finished the first book. Sorry authors, chop chop! Better write faster.

9. Meet a bunch of my favourite authors.

Although I’d probably have a seizure from too much excitement, this would be so cool! I doubt I’d know what to say either, but you know. I’ll attempt not to make a complete fool of myself! 😉

10. To have series covers match (and not change half-way).

It can be so annoying when book covers in the same series don’t match—or if the covers all change mid-way through a series. Like, no!! Now I have to buy the books again. Of course, when my Book Genie grants Wish #1 for me, money won’t be an issue, but still. Just make it easy on us, publishers/authors/cover designers. Please!!


 

So, Book Genie, this is my offering to you! I have given you my wishes, now simply grant them for me, please and thank you! ❤

And you, fellow readers! Tell me, what do you think of these wishes? Any of them a waste, in your opinion? What wishes would you wish to be granted? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to know! Love you all, I hope you all enjoy your day!

Until the Next Meal, Analee

Let’s Celebrate Autumn…With a Book Tag! | The Fall-Time Cosy Book Tag

Hello everyone! It’s been a while since I last posted—I honestly feel like I haven’t spoken to you all in 3 years—but I’m happy to be back with one of the fall book tags I’ve seen floating around in the blogosphere! As far as I know I haven’t been tagged in this, but I decided to do it anyway since here in Ontario autumn is settling in and it feels like a good time to do it! So, without further ado…the Fall Time Cosy Book Tag!

1. Crunching Leaves: The world is full of colour. Choose a book that has reds, oranges and yellows on the cover.

Illuminae

There were actually a lot more books I thought of for this one, but I’m going to go with Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, which is releasing tomorrow! I haven’t read this one yet, but I can’t wait ’till I do!

2. Cosy Sweater: It’s finally cold enough to don warm cosy clothing. What book gives you the warm fuzzies?

I know most of you are probably able to predict what my usual answer would be for this, so I’m going to refrain this time from using my usual books for this kind of question, and go with a book (I think) that I haven’t used as much!

The Distance Between Us

The Distance Between Us by Kasie West is super cute, just saying. Totally recommend it!

3. Fall Storm: The wind is howling and the rain is pounding. Choose your favourite book OR genre that you like to read on a stormy day.

Hm, I’m debating over whether I should go with my favourite book or genre… which is easier? I think I’ll go with the latter and say I’d read something fantasy. Or maybe contemporary. I honestly don’t know, because it depends a lot on my mood! But I think either fantasy or contemporary would be my top two contenders. Don’t ask why, it just is. 😉

4. Cool Crisp Air: What’s the coolest character you’d want to trade places with?

Ooh, another hard one! But I think it would be incredibly epic if I were to trade places with either Hermione from Harry Potter or Celaena from Throne of Glass—although there are of course so many other characters I’d love to trade places with! I think I’m currently leaning towards mostly Celaena, though of course Hermione is awesome!

5. Hot Apple Cider: What under hyped book do you want to see become the next biggest, hottest thing?

This is actually such a hard question! I’ve been reading a lot of hyped books as of late, and it’s quite difficult to think of an under-hyped book at the moment. But I’m going to go with the Shadow Falls series and its spinoff, Shadow Falls: After Dark! These books are honestly amazing, and I definitely think they deserve to be much more known than they are now.

6. Coat, Scarves and Mittens: The weather has turned cold and it’s time to cover up. What’s the most embarrassing book cover you own that you like to keep hidden in public?

HA! XD This question made me smile. There’s actually not that many books where I have the need to hide in public (or at least not many that I can immediately think of) but I’ve decided to go with White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout!

Reread

There is a new cover of this, but I currently own this cover, and yep, I’d say this is definitely a cover I think I’d cover up a bit more in public…

7. Pumpkin Spice: What’s your favourite fall time comfort food/foods?

Milk Chocolate

Chocolate! Well, chocolate is basically a favourite for all seasons, but yeah. I need my chocolate!! ❤ Hot chocolate is also necessary. 😉


EDIT—I TAG…

So there we have it! I’m feeling very fall-time right now, and in my warm sweaters, very cosy as well—which is why this tag was perfect! I’d love to spread the tag right now, but laziness is winning over and I unfortunately have school work to do, so I’m taking the easy way out—if you like the tag, go for it! I officially tag you. (No joke, I’ll even add your name to the post if you want to do it.) ❤

Happy tagging!

Until the Next Meal, Analee

 

I don’t even know what to say…! Thank you so much!!

Hello everyone!!! As you can tell from the title of this post, I honestly don’t know what to say. I’m utterly speechless but I’ll start by saying: Thank you all so much for 500 followers!! This has honestly made my day so much brighter, and I can’t even begin to tell you guys how happy I am and how grateful I am to have so many wonderful people supporting me and my blog every day. I love all of you so much, and I only wish I could meet you guys in person one day, that would be a dream come true! Every one of you—and I honestly mean, EVERY one of you—have become so special to me, and I can’t imagine how different my life would’ve been if I hadn’t met you all. So once again, thank you so much for becoming my friends, my supporters and everything since I’ve started blogging. I know it sounds corny, but I really do love you all, and I can’t say thank you enough for this! Stats and followers don’t really mean much about the worth of a blog, but you people have made it so my blog is (at least) half-decent, and I can’t thank you enough for that. I know I’m starting to ramble, so I just really wanted to end it off by saying THANK YOU from all my heart; I love you guys all so much!!

Until the Next Meal, Analee

WWW Wednesday #28 (October 14th, 2015)

Hello everyone! How’s your Wednesday going? Well, you all know what Wednesdays mean. It’s time for a WWW Wednesday, of course! 😉 This meme was formerly hosted by MizB @ Should be Reading and is now hosted by Sam @Taking on a World of Words. To play along, just answer these questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Currently Reading

Vengeance Road

Not far into this one yet, but it has potential! Can’t wait to continue and read more. Hope it turns out to be good!

Recently Finished

Dumplin was a great novel, with beautiful themes and was a real worthwhile read. Very cryptic, I know but y’all have to wait for my review! 😛

The Last of the Firedrakes is, a book, I have to admit I was partially interested in because of the cover, and it too was really good! A very nice fantasy novel.

Read Next

Zeroes, Ashes to Ashes and Ink and Bone are all choices from last week’s Read Next! I know I won’t be able to get to them all, but I will definitely try. Carry On is a book I’m quite excited to read, I really hope I will get the chance! School and life always gets in the way, ugh. :/


So that’s my week in books! What do you think of my choices? How has your week gone by? Let me know in the comments below, and I’ll be sure to know your thoughts. 😉 Also, feel free to link your posts! I’d love to check them out.

Until the Next Meal, Analee

Top Ten Tuesday #24 (October 13th): Top Ten Author Duos I’d LOVE To See Write A Book Together

Hello bookworms and welcome to a Top Ten Tuesday post! This week’s topic, given to us by The Broke and the Bookish is Top Ten Author Duos I’d Love to See Write a Book Together!

This is quite the interesting topic! Although there are several authors whom I could’ve paired with several authors, I tried to have a list with different duos each time. Let’s get on with it; in no particular order…

1. John Green and Rainbow Rowell 

I’ve seen this pairing a lot today, and I have to say, I agree! I’m more of a fan of Rainbow’s characters than Green’s, I have to say, and I think having them work together would create kind of the perfect match, you know? And both of their writing styles are really great too. Which gives us… a beautiful contemporary!

2. Robyn Schneider and Jennifer Niven

Ooh, I’d definitely pick up a collaboration between these two authors—especially if I’m looking for a particularly heart-wrenching contemporary! I’ve only read one book from each of these authors, Extraordinary Means and All the Bright Places, respectively, and already I know a book from both of these authors working together would be amazing.

3. Kasie West and Emery Lord

I’m on a roll for contemporary collabs here!! I’ve read all of Kasie West’s contemporaries—Love them all so much—and although I’ve only read The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord, I think together they’d definitely bring something special to the contemporary genre! One thing for sure, we won’t be lacking anything in the cuteness department!

4. Marie Lu and Alexandra Bracken

Can you just imagine how amazing a dystopian or sci-fi novel from these two authors would be?! Oh my gosh, this would be absolutely fantastic. Although I think it may cause a character love overload… XD I really enjoyed both the Legend series (Marie Lu) and The Darkest Minds series (Alexandra Bracken), so it would be exciting to see what a collab from the two authors would be like!

5. Sarah J. Maas and Sabaa Tahir 

Two of my favourite fantasy authors! I’ve read several novels from the former, and An Ember in the Ashes from the latter, and I definitely think together, these two authors would be able to create an awesome fantasy! Featuring, of course, kick-butt characters, swoon-worthy male leads, and of course, a thrilling plot.

6. Marissa Meyer and Veronica Rossi

Now, I can’t completely pinpoint why this pairing would work, but I definitely think it would! Both are great authors, who’ve written amazing novels, and I think they definitely would be able to come up with an awesome story, whether it’s dystopia, science-fiction or romance. 😉

7. Jennifer L. Armentrout and Wendy Higgins

This must happen!! Jennifer Armentrout being one of my favourite romance authors, and Wendy Higgins having written a great paranormal romance trilogy that I really enjoyed, these two authors would be a great combo! I’d definitely gobble up anything they write.

8. Aimee Carter and Josephine Angelini

I’ve read The Goddess Test series and the Starcrossed series from each of these authors, respectively, both books that included Greek mythology. I enjoyed both their series, and together they’d definitely be able to create quite the fantasy, or even a dystopia! Who knows.

9. Leigh Bardugo and Susan Ee

Both of these ladies are amazing writers, and their books definitely have a very dark feel to them. I absolutely love these authors and the books I’ve read from them, and although I’m not quite sure how a collab between the two would work out, I think it would be interesting to see it play out!

10. Tahereh Mafi and Ransom Riggs

This was another popular pairing I agree with! These two are a really cute couple, and it would be cool to see how these smart authors would work together! Both have outstanding writing styles and have written books I’ve loved, so it’s a win-win. 😀


So those are all my pairings! I’m actually quite surprised that I managed to come up with 10, to be honest. I know there are a lot more, but this is it for now! Tell me; what do you think of these pairings? Which ones do you agree on? Which ones do you not agree on? Let me know in the comments! ❤

I must now go finish some school work, but I hope you’re all enjoying your Tuesday!Until the Next Meal, Analee

Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid | Book Review

Never Always SometimesNever Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid

2.5 Stars

Publication Date: August 4th 2015
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Young-Adult
Series Status: N/A—Stand Alone
Page Count: 320
Source & Format: Bought, Hardcover

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Never date your best friend.

Always be original.

Sometimes rules are meant to be broken.

Best friends Dave and Julia were determined to never be cliché high school kids—the ones who sit at the same lunch table every day, dissecting the drama from homeroom and plotting their campaigns for prom king and queen. They even wrote their own Never List of everything they vowed they’d never, ever do in high school.

Some of the rules have been easy to follow, like #5, never dye your hair a color of the rainbow, or #7, never hook up with a teacher. But Dave has a secret: he’s broken rule #8, never pine silently after someone for the entirety of high school. It’s either that or break rule #10, never date your best friend. Dave has loved Julia for as long as he can remember.

Julia is beautiful, wild and impetuous. So when she suggests they do every Never on the list, Dave is happy to play along. He even dyes his hair an unfortunate shade of green. It starts as a joke, but then a funny thing happens: Dave and Julia discover that by skipping the clichés, they’ve actually been missing out on high school. And maybe even on love.

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Hello bookworms, and happy Thanksgiving for all of you Canadians out there! ❤ I hope you all enjoyed your day. 🙂 On this fine Monday, I have for you a review on the book Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid! Now, I’m kind of sorry to be posting this right now, because, as you can probably infer from my rating, I wasn’t the biggest fan of this book, and really, it kind of goes against the whole warm, happy feeling of this day…I really wanted to love this book, and I really thought I would, but overall it was not the best of reading experiences.

Plot

“No point in living a life less ordinary if you don’t know what the other side looks like.”

I wish so much that I could’ve enjoyed the plot more. It has so much potential to become a story I’d love! It’s the fact that it could’ve been so much better is what gets on my nerves. The idea of the Nevers list sounded fun and creative, and the whole implied best friend romance thing is one of the things that drew me to the book in the first place. But somewhere in the execution of the plot, everything just went all wrong for me. It was quite hard to even get through the first part of the story, and as the story went on, I just wasn’t okay with the direction it was taking. I suppose this is more of a personal situation; of course this may not apply to all readers. To be honest, what really frustrated me in the end was how misleading the synopsis was—and how much the characters ruined the plot for me. A few of them simply lacked some much-needed consistency and they made the story feel all over the place. I know that doesn’t explain that much, so let’s continue on to the…

Characters

As you probably have guessed by now, I wasn’t a big fan of the characters. Although I liked the banter between Julia and Dave, the two main characters, after a while it wore off when the characters got on my nerves.

I’d say Dave was one of my biggest problems with the book. Remember when I mentioned above that I had a hard time getting through the first part of this book? Yeah, well it was written in Dave’s perspective—and I didn’t particularly enjoy it.

“If the lights ever went out in her presence, Dave was pretty sure the brightness of her eyes would be more useful than a flashlight.”

Umm, yeah, no thanks. These things tend to fly over my head sometimes, but this is a tad too cheesy, and under the many circumstances throughout the book, I’m not falling for it.

Of course, I didn’t immediately dislike him or anything. He seemed pretty nice, but that didn’t last for long. Dave was just too much of an inconsistent character, and was a pretty spineless character.

(—POSSIBLE SPOILER AHEADNot exactly sure if it’s a spoiler since it’s not in the synopsis, but it’s a pretty big part of the plot that you discover soon enough) I also wasn’t a big fan of the love triangle. It came out of nowhere, and although I commend the author for writing a less traditional love triangle, I simply didn’t care about Dave or it (the love triangle). I know I’m starting to kind of repeat things here, but really, that’s the main point—I just didn’t care about or like Dave. Harsh, but it’s true.

Moving on to Julia, the other main character whose perspective we also get. In a nutshell, she’s eccentric, wild and utterly ridiculous. I was a cross in between indifferent to her and annoyed with her for the first part of the book, though I guess after we get into her POV, I started to warm up to her more. I was enjoying her character quite a bit, but then there were several things that got me miffed about her. Very cryptic, I know, but I don’t want to give away any spoilers. 😉 Bottom line is, my feelings varied several times throughout the book; lots of negatives, I have to say, but overall she was an okay character.

Writing Style

I wasn’t completely sold on the writing style, at first. Just putting that out there. Not saying it was bad or that I didn’t like it, just that it felt really pretentious (kind of going with the plot and characters, I suppose) and I was unsure about it. However, there’s no denying that it was great writing! There were definitely some beautiful passages in there, and it was quite easy to fly through. There was a really nice simplicity to the writing that ended up really working for the story.

“We like to think that we’re formulas that even out exactly, that we are perfect matches with each other. But we’re not. We match up with lost of people, more or less.”

Overall…

I didn’t enjoy this book. I wasn’t a big fan of the characters, since they basically ruined the plot for me with their personalities and the choices they made. That being said, I definitely think if they were improved, and I cared about them more, I would’ve loved this book. This book had a very John Green feel to it, and although I wouldn’t exactly recommend it in a blink of an eye, I know other readers may enjoy it more than I did. There was definitely a slight unique touch to this book, but there were also plenty of cliches—so it’s your call! Just remember that this is not your average best friend romance… don’t go into it expecting an amazing cute romance! If that’s the case, I recommend heading for Rainbow Rowell instead.

I’ve seen other mixed opinions on this book, some positive, and some negative, and I just wanted to say, if you’ve read this book and loved it, great! This book seemed like it was pretty hyped for a while—I hope no one rages on me for not liking it, haha. 😀 So, my opinion on this book is; if you think it’s for you, go for it! The last thing I want it someone missing a potential favourite because of my review. And as I said, a lot of people loved this book, maybe I was too harsh?

Either way, let me know your thoughts on this book below, whether you’ve read it or not. I’d love to hear from you! 

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The Desert Island Book Tag!

Hello bookworms! Okay, I know, it hasn’t even been a week since my last tag. I swear, this blog is more than just tag and memes! But this particular tag has been resting in my drafts folder for way too long, and I thought I might as well get this over with. I was tagged by Bhramori @ The Crazy Perfectionist & Ella Iparis @ Senseless Scrutiny to do this tag! Thank you girls, so much! You rock. People, if you haven’t yet followed these two lovely ladies, I urge you to go over to their blogs immediately and show them some love. ❤

Now, let’s get on with the tag!

1) Water: a book you simply cannot live without

Six of Crows

Okay, so this question is totally unfair! You guys all know by now how terrible I am with choosing simply one with these things. 😉 But I’m going to be brave today and go with one of my more recent favorite novels, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo! Ahhh this book was simply amazing and I’m still not over my fangirl moments for this book.

2) Food: a book that is a close second on your favorites list

The Final Empire

Ugh, another hard one! These questions are honestly designed to go against me. It’s so hard to choose an answer for this! I have a lot of favorites; I wish I can choose them all, because they’re all (mostly) equally loved.

But I’m going to go with a book I haven’t used as an answer much; The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. A wonderful fantasy novel, I really loved this book, and it’s definitely is high on my favorites list. The Wrath and the Dawn comes pretty close too! 😉

3) Shelter: a book that makes you feel at home and safe

Fangirl

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is what immediately comes to mind! I loved this book so much, it was such a cute and comforting read that it’s the perfect choice for this.

4) Flare gun: a book that you would recommend to a person who doesn’t read

Everything, Everything

I think Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon would be a good fit for this! It has beautifully simple (and creative) writing and a really cute story that I think a non-reader would be able to appreciate!

5) Fire-matches: book that warms your heart

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda_bookcover

I doubt any of you are surprised with this choice! Or at least I hope. Because ever since I read this book, I think I was pretty clear on how much I loved it. This book is simply so heart-warming! ❤ I have a review on it if any of you want to check it out, by the way. 😉

6) Compass: book that directed you towards your love for reading

Harry Potter series

I’m going to go with the common answer of Harry Potter for this one, but really, there is no specific book that I can name for this! I’ve loved reading ever since I was a wee-little child, and that’s basically it. But Harry Potter definitely nurtured this love of books!

Who Shall I Tag?

I’m currently a bit occupied (and a bit lazy) to tag people, so I will be taking the easy way out for this and say that if you like this tag, go for it! I’ll be tagging people later on, probably tomorrow, whenever I get the chance. So keep your eyes out for that! But again, don’t feel shy to tell me if you like this tag! I’ll add your name to the post.

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So I hope you guys enjoyed this tag! Tell me below what you think of my answers. I’d love to know if we have any in choices in common! ❤ Also, if you do this tag, don’t forget to link back to this post so I’m absolutely sure not to miss it! 🙂

Happy reading!

Until the Next Meal, Analee

‘Shadowhunters’ TV Show Teaser Trailers & Casting Updates, Lady Midnight Cover Reveal, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies TRAILER + More! | Book News

Hello everybody! It’s been a long time since I’ve posted updates on any news relating to books, and with the things I have today, I decided it’s finally time to do an all-round book news post! I have a lot of different types of things to share with you all today, so let’s get on with it! ❤

‘Shadowhunters’ TV Show

So, a lot has been going on for this tv show in the making since my last update on it. We have been getting tons of promo pictures, videos and more—but now we also have a full 1 minute and 3o second teaser trailer! Check it out below:

Overall, I think it’s really good! A lot of it seems to be different from the book, but it has potential. I did especially like the glimpse of Jace’s personality in Dominic Sherwood! And I think Katherine McNamara seems to be doing a good job as Clary. 🙂 So excited for the show!

There has also been a promo teaser trailer clip released–unfortunately I couldn’t see it since it apparently couldn’t be viewed in my country , but here it is!

Casting Updates

We have several new castings to add to the ever-growing Shadowhunter crew! Introducing:

Now we have our complete Lightwood family! Yay! Max is totally adorable, even if he’s not exactly how I imagined him, and I’m liking the casting for Maryse as well. I’m not sure about what I think about the casting for Robert, but I guess it could work?

We also have some other castings:

Lydia Branwell‘ is an original character created for the show, who apparently will be a descendant of Charlotte and Henry Branwell in The Infernal Devices. I don’t know how exactly it will play out, but the actress sure looks stunning!

As for the casting of Imogen Herondale, she’s not exactly how I imagined, but I think maybe she has what it takes to pull it off? Maybe. And the casting for Ragnor Fell seems to be okay. I don’t even know if Ragnor will be having a big role in the show, so even if I didn’t like him, it would be bearable.

That’s it, as far as I know! Feel free to check out my thoughts on the casting of: JaceSimon and IsabelleClaryAlec and LukeValentine and MagnusJocelyn Fray, and Hodge Starkweather if you haven’t already! Or if you simply want to check out all the castings so far (apart from the ones mentioned in this post of course), press here.


Cover Reveals

I have two covers recently revealed that I want to share! First and foremost, the cover for Lady Midnight has been released!! Here it is, in all its glory:

Lady Midnight

I think it looks super cool, though there does seem to be something about it that is nagging at my brain which I can’t seem to put my finger on… I like it, but I don’t know if I fully do. Does that make sense? In any case, this book is slated for a March 8 2016 release, I believe? I honestly can’t wait!

As for the other cover news I wanted to share…this one I first found out about through Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions:

The Rose and the Dagger

Yep, the cover for The Rose and the Dagger has been revealed! I absolutely loved The Wrath and the Dawn—review here—and after the cliffhanger in that book, I simply am dying to read the sequel!

As for what I think of The Rose and the Dagger’s cover; well, the blue might be kind of hard to get used to, and at first I was pretty skeptical that I’d like it, but I think it will probably grow on me sooner or later. 🙂


Movie Trailers

The trailer for a new book-to-movie adaptation (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith) was released today! Check it out below:

I haven’t read the book, although I had considered it several times. So I’m not quite sure what to expect from the film, but it seems intriguing!

On another note, the second official trailer of Mockingjay Part 2 was released 3 days ago! Here it is:

I am more excited than ever for this to be released!! I can’t wait to watch it!

And last but not least, although this is nowhere near current news, a while ago the trailer for The Fifth Wave (by Rick Yancey), another book-to-movie adaptation in the making, was released!

I definitely hope it will turn out good! I’m pretty good with the cast right now, though I’m interested in seeing how they’ll handle the many POVs in the book.


So that’s it for my book news post! I hope I helped with giving you at least some new updates on something. 😉 What do you think of all these; the Shadowhunters TV show trailer, the new castings, the cover reveals, the movie trailers? Let me know your thoughts below! I’d love to know what you think. ❤

I hope you guys are all enjoying your weekend!

Until the Next Meal, Analee