Top 5 Characters I’d Like to Trade Places With


Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created by Shanah but recently moved to Meeghan. This week’s topic is Top 5 characters you’d like to trade places with.


Belle from Beauty and the Beast

Pfft you probably know why I want to trade place with Belle…..

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Hanna from Gemina

Who doesn’t want to be Hanna, she’s beautiful, smart, badass, aaannnd she got that cutie pie Nik for a boyfriend!

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Art3mis from Ready Player One

I don’t relly want to be art3mis, but I really want to live in the world where VR such as in RPO exist!

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Esta from The Last Magician

If I had to choose one magical ability to possess I’d definitely choose the ability to manipulate time, and there’s no one who could do a better job at it than Esta, she’s also smart and fierce!

Hermione from Harry Potter

I think it’s every girl’s dream to be Hermione, she’s smart, beautiful, loyal, and brave! And get to marry Ron, which is one of my very first book boyfriend!

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The Midnight Bargain

I got this e-ARC from Erewhon Books through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!

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Title: The Midnight Bargain
Author: C.L. Polk
Publisher: Erewhon Books
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 384 pages
Year of Publication: October 13th 2020
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Beatrice Clayborn is a sorceress who practices magic in secret, terrified of the day she will be locked into a marital collar that will cut off her powers to protect her unborn children. She dreams of becoming a full-fledged Magus and pursuing magic as her calling as men do, but her family has staked everything to equip her for Bargaining Season, when young men and women of means descend upon the city to negotiate the best marriages. The Clayborns are in severe debt, and only she can save them, by securing an advantageous match before their creditors come calling.

In a stroke of luck, Beatrice finds a grimoire that contains the key to becoming a Magus, but before she can purchase it, a rival sorceress swindles the book right out of her hands. Beatrice summons a spirit to help her get it back, but her new ally exacts a price: Beatrice’s first kiss . . . with her adversary’s brother, the handsome, compassionate, and fabulously wealthy Ianthe Lavan.

The more Beatrice is entangled with the Lavan siblings, the harder her decision becomes: If she casts the spell to become a Magus, she will devastate her family and lose the only man to ever see her for who she is; but if she marries—even for love—she will sacrifice her magic, her identity, and her dreams. But how can she choose just one, knowing she will forever regret the path not taken?

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Set in a world where women has no voice of their own, being forced to marry for political advantage, and are forbidden to pursue high magic. Beatrice Clayborn wants magic more than any woman ever, she practice secretly hoping she could make a great bargain with a spirit so that she could pursue magic and didn’t have to be married. She has to do it before the bargaining season end, or else she would be married off with a man she didn’t love and forced to wear a collar to supress her magic forever.

I love the main idea of the magic system, but I feel like it’s not properly explained, sometimes I fail to understand how it’s exactly work. I think it’s weird that the world if full of magician but there’s so little magic showed in this book. The pace started slow and getting much slower in the middle and I think there are so many fillers, but the pace is starting to get too fast in the last few chapters toward the end. Although I feel like it’s rushed and too easy, but I can’t deny that I love the ending so much and it’s such a great conclusion to the story.

I really love the main character, Beatrice is a strong-willed, fierce, and smart woman, she also believes in gender equity, a trait not many woman has in this patriarchy world. The side characters are interesting too, I love the friendship she developed with Ysbeta, another woman who has the same goal as her, and the luck spirit Nadi, where can I get a friend like Nadi? I need Nadi in my life! I love Ianthe too but I hate the insta-love, I think it would be much better if their relationship developed slowly instead of falling for each other at first sight.

In conclusion, although it’s such a roller coaster but I enjoy this book and I would totally buy this book once it published!
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authorCL+Polk+Headshot+3C.L. Polk is the World Fantasy Award- winning author of the critically acclaimed debut novel Witchmark, which was also nominated for the Nebula, Locus, Aurora, and Lambda Literary Awards. It was named one of the best books of 2018 according to NPR, Publishers Weekly, BuzzFeed, the Chicago Review, BookPage, and the B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog. She lives in Alberta, Canada.

 

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Rosemary and the Witches of Pendle Hill

I got this e-ARC from Candlewick Press through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!

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Title: Rosemary and the Witches of Pendle Hill
Author: Samantha Giles
Publisher: Agora Books
Genre: Middle-Grade, Fantasy
Pages: 318 pages
Year of Publication: August 6th 2020
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My Mum is a witch. I know this to be a fact because: a) She has a broomstick by the front door. b) She does spells sometimes. c) There are 4 other witches who live with us, that only me, Mum and Lois see. We don’t really question their comings and goings. It was just normal to us until THINGS STARTED HAPPENING…

Rosemary’s cosy world is crumbling around her. Her Mum has finally landed an acting job and spends all her time with her slimy co-star; her Dad always seems to have a dark cloud hanging around him; her little sister, Louis, won’t stop farting; and, oh yes, Phyllis, one of the four witches they share their house with, has disappeared through the wall.

Meanwhile a group who call themselves the No-Laws are wreaking havoc across the country, and why does everyone keep whispering about the Pendle Witches of 1612?

With the help of her windy sister and Adi, her maths-genius best friend, Rosemary sets off on a hazardous, magical journey. But can they solve the mystery of Phyllis’ disappearance and stop the No-Laws before Rosemary’s family is fractured for good?

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I normally enjoy reading MG books about magic and witches but unfortunately I find it hard to go through this book.

Rosemary knew her mom is a witch and yet she never questioned about all the strange things in her house until one of her witch aunt, which she never cared before, went missing. That was weird. And it gets weirder because her mum seems doesn’t care about it at all and somehow Rosemary and her nerd friend Adi were assigned to find the missing witch, without some explaining why it has to be them. I also feel disturbed by some issues presented in this book that I think is not suitable for younger readers. And I feel like some of the terms used in the dialog and the narration are too old and sometimes inappropriate for a kid Rosemary’s age.

I love the main idea of the story, it could be a fun and magical adventure but the plot is dragging too much it bores me and sometimes I feel like it’s pointless and getting nowhere to the main story. I love the worldbuilding and a little touch of history in it, and I do love how the author presented mental ilness issues from the perspective of a 9 year old, how the kids perceive it and deal with it.

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Samantha was born in Maidstone, Kent and is best known for her career as an actor, notably her role as Bernice Blackstock in Emmerdale, which she played until late 2019. She has also appeared in 3 series of Where The Heart Is and as a regular in Hollyoaks, as well as countless theatre roles.

She started writing in 2017, inspired by a dream and from this was born her debut novel, Rosemary and The Witches of Pendle Hill.

She also has a Facebook page called Samanthas Spells where she sells her own spell kits, rather like Rae in the book. Once a week she also goes ‘live’ picking out angel cards for followers who request them.

She is currently working on a sequel to ‘Rosemary’ as well as looking forward to returning to acting once widespread filming can resume.

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Wrap Up: July 2020

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I’m buying books again after about two years, I bet yall couldn’t do book buying ban as long as I am, right? But it feels great to go to the bookstore and actually buying books!

Here’s the list of what I bought in July, I didn’t expect to buy this much actually, I just planned to buy one or two but after missing for two years from the book world, I guess I have so many books to catch up to.

  1. Keeper of the Lost Cities: Neverseen
  2. Trials of Apollo: The Tyrant’s Tomb
  3. Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky
  4. Empire of Gold

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I’m glad I managed to read 5 books in July despite my heavy workload, tight schedule, and all the craziness going on in my life right now. It feels so good to be back to reading after such a long time.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Fictional Friendship

I know I said I’m gonna be more consistant on posting to the blog but to no one surprise I did not, because I’m suck at keeping up with my schedule.

It’s been a long time since the last time I did Top 5 Wednesday and today’s theme is best friendship, something I always look forward to in a book. So here goes my list of Top 5 Best Friendship!


TOP 5 WEDNESDAY is a weekly meme created by Lainey  GingerReadsLainey on Youtube. You get a new topic every Wednesday, and list your top 5 according to the topic. You could join by clicking here.


THE GOLDEN TRIO

Oh boy, you did not see this coming didn’t you? This is probabaly the first thing that comes to everybody and their mother’s mind when they have to answer the question of the best fictional friendship ever.

THE HOWLERS

For those who don’t know this is a pack of badass people running around with wolf cloak lead by the most adorable yet dangerous hotness, Sevro Au Barca. This is from Red Rising Saga.

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WWW Wednesday


WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam. To participate, you just have to answer these following questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you will read next?

I’m reading another book by Rick Riordan Present, no surprise. I can’t get enough of myth retelling and this one has the myth I’ve never heard before. It has John Henry and Brer Rabbit, and other Western African myth which is exciting and a new experience for me. Honestly, I’d buy any book with Rick Riordan name on it.


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I finally read this two books after two years left untouched on my shelf and it was the best decision I ever made. I read Illuminae years ago but never had the chance to continue, but thank God I finally come to my sense. I get it now why everyone adore this series so much, Gemina is probably one of my favorite book ever and this series easily become my favorite!


I ordered this book last month and it just arrived today and I know that I’m going to read it next because this is one of my favorite series and I can’t wait to dive back into the magical world.


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Have you read any of these? Do you recommend them? What are you reading right now? What did you just read? Do you like it? What are you going to read next? Leave your WWW link below so I could check on them!

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Quick Update, After Two Years of being AWOL.

Hello darlings, what is up on the blogosphere?

Well this is awkward, I didn’t write anything for almost two years and I forgot how to do this whole blog thing. And, I don’t even know if you still remember me, but if you do, thank you so much!

Now to answer the question, which nobody ask, as to why I’ve been missing, this is it.

  • I was focusing on study because I wanted to pursue a higher degree so I was cutting back on all social media platform, I didn’t even read for almost two years
  • I was having some kind of quarter life crisis and have to deal with anxiety and mild depression
  • I’m married last March, it’s been four months and still not used to it. Apparently, marriage is not just sunshine and rainbow.

I haven’t muster the courage to take the admission test because I think my preparation is not enough and lately I’ve been thinking if I was good enough, but the motivation is still there so hopefully I’ll make up my mind soon. I’m still dealing with anxiety and occasionally the depression strikes back but I’m getting help and working on it. As for marriage life you know, sometime it’s great, sometimes not so great but I have to deal with it.

I think going back to doing what I love could help a little so hopefully I could be more consistant on blogging and bookstagram again and the most important, reading. Oh how I’ve missed reading so much, I have so many things to catch up and so many new books to discover. I can’t wait to talk to you all again!

How are you guys doing? What are you reading? What are some of your 5 star read so far this year? What book do you think I might love? Hit me with all of your recommendation!

The Holiday Drinks Book Tag

Even though we don’t have winter here but I’d still love to imagine how it feels like to be be in bed all day while it’s snowing outside, with a cozy blanket, a warm drink, and of course a book!

So thank you to Leisha for tagging me to do The Holiday Drinks Book Tag. Check out the original post here!


1. Hot Chocolate: Marshmallows and chocolate and whipped cream, oh my! Recommend a book that’s sweet through and through.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – Well romance is not exactly my thing but I read this book a few months ago and I think it was pretty sweet. Peter K is an absolute bae 💕

2. Peppermint Mocha: The flavour of peppermint is strong and distinct. Recommend a book with a lot of strong emotions.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – Honestly, I can’t think of any other books that fit into this category. This book plays with my emotion, I was a sobbing mess, I was disappointed, I was smitten, I was in love, I was heartbroken. I felt a lot of emotions while reading a single book and it was such an amazing reading experience for me!

3. Apple Cider: It’s so good it can’t be good for you, but it’s from apples—that means it’s healthy, right? Recommend a book full of characters with questionable morals.

The Young Elite – People would say that this book is full of villanious characters. But I personally don’t think they are pure villains. I was really fascinated by Adelina’s character, she’s so complex and three dimensional, I mean sure she did monstrous things sometimes but I totally understand why she did it and I don’t think she did what she did with a totally bad intention.

4. Eggnog: It’s creamy and smooth, with a little spice, and some people even add alcohol to it. Recommend a book that’s mostly fun, with just a hint of danger.

A Place Called Perfect – It’s the latest middle grade book that I read and I was completely obsessed! The adventure is so fun to follow and it was so thrilling.

5. Gingerbread Latte: A drink with a veritable explosion of spices. Recommend a book with a lot of action.

Lifelik3 – I don’t think my heart was ever rest when I read this. This book had me sitting on the brink of my chair in every pages I read from the beginning until the very end!

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No pressure to do this love 💕

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Descendants of War: Magic’s Demise by Ruby Fitzgerald

I was sent a review copy of Descendants of War: Magic’s Demise by the author in exchange for an honest review. 

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Author: Ruby Fitzgerald
Publisher: Soldier Bear Entertainment
Pages: 110 pages
Publication Date: June 27th 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Rating: 4

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Thousands of years ago, the Ancients bestowed the Nine Energies of Magic to certain humans known as Descendants. When Aurora, briefly in possession of all Nine Energies, defeated King Zagan during the Battle of Venom, peace returned to the war-torn queendom of Thurnadan. However, a new adversary has emerged: The Jinx. Far more threatening than Zagan and his army, The Jinx is a disease with a one hundred percent mortality rate. The race to find a cure is on; it is only a matter of time before the disease mutates and becomes capable of killing every living thing in its path. Terror spreads. The Jinx seems to be unstoppable, especially when fate rests in the hands of the disheartened. A disturbing Seer’s vision and long-neglected maps are the only guidance the people of Thurnadan have in their frantic search for a cure. Turning to lore of the Ancients for answers, a dark Prophecy threatening the end of mankind’s reign is discovered, but a sliver of hope is also found within its riddle of verses. Do the Ancients still live? Will the disease mutate and grow more powerful? And how much time does the queendom have before all are certain to perish?

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I didn’t realized that this is actually the second book from a series, even though the story is not connected to the first book but I feel really lost at first because the characters are already developed and I don’t know their history at all.

Months after Thurnadan win the Battle of Venom and defeated King Zagan, a new mysterious disease is spreading and killing every Descendants. A prophecy from a long time ago predict that humanity will someday perish because of the disease called Jinx, the prophecy might come true if they don’t find a cure soon. Panic and terror are spreading, the Queen gather her best army to search for the cure that lays in the riddle of the prophecy.

I think the story is quite unique because in this book human are facing the battle with a powerful unseen force instead of with their own kind. Because I grew tired of the story in which people betraying one another for crown or the uprising of the oppresed people, or any trope that YA fantasy usually used. So this kind of story is kind of refreshing and make me really curious to find out how the story will end. However the plot is rather slow which make me slightly bored. The adventure is thrilling, it kinda remind me of PJO with the prophecy and people with magic to fulfill it, but in a more mature, intense and serious way.

It’s hard for me to understand the world at first because I haven’t read the first book, and the story is a little bit connected with the Battle of Venom in the previous book so it took so long for me to finally understand it. The magic system is pretty basic, nothing new, there are nine elements of magic like Water Weaver, Fire Sculptor, Wind Whisperer, Earth Grounder, Seer, Mind Handler, Shape Shifter, Healer, and Spell Spinner.

I didn’t feel connected to any of the characters because there are a LOT of main characters in this book and all of them have the same amount of important role, nobody really stands out. I also often got confuse by the transition of the PoV.

All in all I think this book deserve more attention because it’s a great book with a good plot and worlbuilding. I think you’ll like this book if you like adventure, prophecy, magic, a squad with badass men and women, and morally grey characters.

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Chicago-based author, Ruby Fitzgerald, grew up in a small town in Oregon, As a teenager, Fitzgerald turned to writing as a outlet for her thoughts and emotions. Her stories served as an escape from what she would later find out were bouts of depression alongside chronic anxiety. Stories, books, and grand tales grew to be her way of analyzing and coming to terms with many of the more difficult details of reality. And they still are.

 

 

 

 

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books on Top of My Wishlist

I’M BACK EVERYONE!! DID ANYONE MISSED ME?

Life has been so tough on me this past couple of months and in result, I gained a lot of weight and have a huge breakout and it destroys me even more! Send help 😢

Enough about me, how are you guys doing? How was your reading? Any new favorite? Anything new and hot around the blogosphere? Please fill me in!

I can’t think of anything to post so I’m gonna go with weekly meme! This time I’m gonna show you guys the 5 books on top of my wishlist!


TOP 5 WEDNESDAY is a weekly meme created by Lainey  GingerReadsLainey on Youtube. You get a new topic every Wednesday, and list your top 5 according to the topic. You could join by clicking here.


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The Storm Runner

Muse of Nightmares

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Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating

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What books are on top of your wishlist right now? Which one will you take out in the near future? Do we have the same books on our wishlist?

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