Mini Review: The Sleeper and The Spindle

The Sleeper and The Spindle Neil Gaiman Chris Riddell

5star

Title: The Sleeper and The Spindle

Author: Neil Gaiman

Illustrator: Chris Riddell

Series? No.

Rating: 5/5

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The Sleeper and The Spindle was everything I wanted and more. Filled with breathtaking illustrations by Chris Riddell with luxurious gold detailings – along with Neil Gaiman’s masterful and lyrical writing; it’s a definite winner.

At 66 pages, it’s a bit tough for me to review this beauty, so I’ll let you determine whether you should purchase the book based on the questions below. If any of these questions have ever crossed your mind after reading a fairy tale, you need this book!
The Sleeper and The Spindle Neil Gaiman

“A week from today, I shall be married.”

It seemed both unlikely and extremely final. She wondered how she would feel to be a married woman. It would be the end of her life, she decided, if life was a time of choices.

Ever wondered what happened to Snow White after she was woke from her slumber? Was she grateful for the prince, or did she really have no choice in the matter? The Queen that Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell illustrate is filled with misgivings about her upcoming marriage. She’s not content to be bound to a life of domestic servitude (the lady has spent long enough sweeping and cleaning after seven dwarfs, after all) – she’s going to embark on an adventure to save a damsel from distress instead.Read More »

Discussion: Is It Possible To Measure Blogging Success?

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Is It Possible To Measure Blogging Success?

Short answer? Yes, to a degree. BUT A successful blog is one with a happy/fulfilled owner.

Long answer? It’s complicated, and we shall delve into it below!

I think I will be amongst the majority if I admitted that my blogging started out as a hobby – and then evolved into a passion. However, with the more time I spend on it, the more I wonder how do I really know if my blog is progressing or growing? What even counts as a successful blog? Does it even matter? (Probably Not!). Here are my thoughts, I would love to hear yours at the end!Read More »

Book Review: The Rest of Us Just Live Here

5star

The Rest of Us Just Lives Here by Patrick Ness

Title: The Rest of Us Just Live Here

Author: Patrick Ness

Rating: 5/5 stars

Series? No.

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Fact:  I will systematically read everything Patrick Ness writes because he owns a piece of my heart.

Fact:  I am always afraid that my next Patrick Ness book will disappoint me, because how could ANYONE wow fickle old me consistently?

Fact: Patrick Ness delivers once more with The Rest Of Us Just Lives Here. A book largely devoided of magic and grandeur, but so completely audacious and heartbreaking and magical anyway.

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IT POKES A LITTLE FUN AT THE YA GENRE

One of them showed me a poem about how we’re all essentially alone. As if they’re not the biggest clique of togetherness there ever was.

Each chapter in the book begins with a flash to the indie kid’s storyline – you know the ones: Destined (with a capital D) for larger than life stories: they hunt down vampires and deities and immortals, saving the world and dying in the process. The book points out how laughably mundane and predictable their crazy lives are: from their supernatural lover to the constant betrayals that rock their world. In fact, the indie kids and their lives are so predictable that they’ve repeated the same story for generations in this town. Even their quirky names such as Finn or Satchel are laughably monotonous.Read More »

Book Review: The Heart Goes Last

3star

Title: The Heart Goes Last

Author:  Margaret Atwood

Rating: 3/5 stars

Series? No

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Note: I received this book from Allen & Unwin in exchange for an honest review.

It’s been a really long time since my last Margaret Atwood book (The Handmaid’s Tale) – this one is completely different from my previous experience. In fact, the book is so wacky, high on both sex and depraved characters, my poor gray brain could barely compute it. But here goes my attempt at a review.

The Heart Goes Last Margaret Atwood

That didn’t last though. The happiness. The safeness. The now.

The book follows Charmaine and Stan, who inhabits a near-future where social order has collapsed due to some sort of economic crisis. Like many others, Stan is left jobless – while Charmaine’s gig as a waitress is barely covering their coffee bills, let alone rent. When we meet them, the married couple has been living in their cars for months, in constant fear of vandals and rapists and thugs and worse. Needless to say, when they are recruited by Consilience to become test subjects for an outlandish social experiment, the two jump at the chance to sleep in a real bed once more. All they have to do in exchange for their new life is to live in prison every alternate month.Read More »

Top Ten Tuesdays: Top Books On My Fall TBR

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It’s actually spring in Australia, so I guess this is more my summer reading TBR – but I’ll roll with the rest of the world 😀

I had the idea to make this Top Ten Tuesday resemble magazine advertisements, it sounded really cool in my mind but my execution failed spectacularly lmao.  I also had some surprise family visits so I could only do seven books!  I AM SORRY. REAL LIFE CALLS.

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1) SOUNDLESS by Richelle Mead because it’s an Asian fantasy with a kickass cover, how could I NOT love it?Read More »

Discussion: How Blogging Changed My Reading Habits

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Book blogging may seem like a harmless little hobby, but all who enters be warned, you will emerge sparkly and different.

Here are some perplexing, at times good, at times terrible changes to my reading schedule, all thanks to blogging.

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1) I’M MORE CRITICAL OF BOOKS

In the blissful days before blogging, if I didn’t like a book, I would breezily move on and promptly forget about all the flaws of my previous reads. Now, I sit there staring at a blank document for an hour, stewing over all of the things that turned me off: character development inconsistences, gaping plot holes, uneven pacing — the whole she-bang.

Whereas I could happily break up with a book silently in the past, I now announce it to the world, and have to examine every aspect of the unhappy relationship in microscopic details. It also means I am more alert shortcomings in books. Gone are the days where I could mindlessly read a novel. Sometimes, I mourn for my lost innocence *dabs eyes*Read More »

Read At Midnight Designs: Throne of Glass Series

To finish off my Throne of Glass week, I have FOUR iPhone 5 Wallpapers for download!

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If you want me to resize them to fit your phone, please comment/tweet me! I don’t do it all at once because laziness/I originally made them for personal usage. But if you nudge me I will be more than happy to oblige 😀

Free for personal use. Please do not redistribute. Characters + Quotes belong to the amazing Sarah J Maas.

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Book Review: Queen of Shadows

Queen of Shadows Throne of Glass Sarah J Maas

5star

Title: Queen of Shadows

Author: Sarah J Maas

Rating: 5/5 stars

Series? Yes, 4 of 6!

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This is my last book review to cap off the Throne of Glass Week on the blog! I still have to read The Assassin’s Blade at some point – but my heart can’t take it at the moment — SAM!!

There will be SPOILERS in this review for the previous three books, but I will try keep it free from QoS spoilers – even though all I want to do is shout randomly in capslock *wails*

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1. AELIN THE QUEEN

“She was fire, and light, and ash, and embers. She was Aelin Fireheart, and she bowed for no one and nothing, save the crown that was hers by blood and survival and triumph.”

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Book Review: Heir Of Fire

Heir of Fire Throne of Glass Sarah J Maas

5star

Title: Heir of Fire

Author: Sarah J Maas

Rating: 5/5 stars

Series? Yes, 3 of 6!

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Throne of Glass week continues! Heir of Fire absolutely knocked my socks off and turned me in a rabid fangirl of the series.

In this book, we get to see more worldbuilding and magic – but what we get even more of are CHARACTERS.  There’s development of old characters and a whole host of new ones that I fell in love with. I’ll mainly examine the characters today (as I would hate to be repeating myself across all my posts this week XD)

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Fictional Personification of Death

As always, Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke & The Bookish! I like being TOLD what to do, so I struggled a little with this book’s freebie topic.  However, I decided to focus on Death in fiction for this week.  I’ve always had a fascination with how authors gives Death life, and the wisdom or humour that these personifications usually imparts! Here are my favourites…

Credit of image goes to Freepik, my favourite place on the Internet
Credit of image goes to Freepik, my favourite place on the Internet

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