I’ve made it loud and clear on numerous occasions over the past weeks that The Poppy War is my favourite read of 2018. I think it has the potential to be one of my favourite reads of all time (I usually wait a couple of years after my first read to make that call). I’ve had such a hard time getting the book out of my mind that I’ve decided to do a detailed chapter-by-chapter reread while waiting for the sequel. Please join me if you have finished The Poppy War but want to dive back into this world.
SPOILERS FOR THE ENTIRE BOOK BELOW. PLEASE DO NOT READ THESE POSTS UNTIL YOU HAVE FINISHED READING THE POPPY WAR.
Content Warning of Chapters 1-2: self-harm, allusion to sexual assault, drug addiction and drug use, death, hit-and-run accident.
Continue reading “Reread at Midnight: The Poppy War Chapters 1-2”
I’m actually leaving for a short vacation tonight, so I’m quickly scrambling to put together my #TheReadingQuest TBR. For more information on this challenge, you can read my sign-up post here! There’s still 2 days left if you want to sign up.
The beautiful and glorious CW of Read, Think, Ponder not only drew all the character art that went into the challenge, she also drew me my own character. She’s wearing black and gold with plenty of flowers to match my blog aesthetics, I am crying over how perfect she is!
My character, despite appearing different (because hey, being the creator of this reading challenge comes with some perks ;)), will be following the MAGE path. Here is my intended TBR.
Note: I’m just doing this for fun, as it’s my own challenge I won’t be entering to win any of the prizes 😀 Continue reading “#TheReadingQuest TBR”
Title: The Wall of Storms
Author: Ken Liu
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Series? Yes, 2 of 3.
Book Depository || Booktopia || Dymocks
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Harper Voyager Australia in exchange for an honest review.
NOTE: The following review will contain some spoilers for The Grace of Kings, the first novel within this series.
After reading The Grace of Kings, I knew that Ken Liu has changed the game for epic fantasy. With The Wall of Storms, he continues to push on the boundaries of expectations and raised the bar even higher.
The Dandelion Dynasty was established within the first novel, with the text raising some tough questions about the philosophy of governance in times of war. In The Wall of Storms, the book take these ideas one step further by discussing economic and infrastructural development in the time of peace. While that may all sound like cumbersome and tedious reading, The Wall of Storms manages to be a page-turner despite its hefty length and ambitious themes. It’s no secret that I adore Ken Liu’s writing, and The Wall of Storms has become my favourite of his published books. Continue reading “Book Review: The Wall of Storms”
Title: Red Sister
Author: Mark Lawrence
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
Series? Yes, 1 of 3
Amazon || Book Depository || Dymocks || Booktopia
Disclaimer: I received an advanced reading copy of this book from the Harper Voyager Australia in exchange for an honest review.
From its very first lines, Red Sister had me hooked and wholly invested. It promised warrior nuns, political and religious intrigue, along with a cast filled to the brim with complex ladies. Red Sister delivered on all counts. I especially loved its exploration on relationships between females, from friendship, to mentorship, to rivalry.
It is important, when killing a nun, to ensure that you bring an army of sufficient size. For Sister Thorn of the Sweet Mercy Convent, Lano Tacsis brought two hundred men.
The first lines of Red Sister are some of the most captivating I’ve read in several years, and it sets the tone for the entire book. Mark Lawrence’s writing style is meticulous and vivid, his sentences pulse with life and intrigue. In particular, I love the way he writes action scenes – I’ve admitted several times in the past that I am not a particularly visual reader when it comes to fight scenes, but Lawrence’s writing are cinematic even to someone like myself. Continue reading “Book Review: Red Sister”
Author: Marissa Meyer
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Pan Macmillan Site
Book Depository // Booktopia
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Pan Macmillan Australia in exchange for an honest review.
Long before she was the terror of Wonderland, the infamous Queen of Hearts, she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.
Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favourite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries.
At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.
Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness and monsters, fate has other plans.
Marissa Meyer has the market cornered when it comes to reinventing pre-existing lores and tales. Her Lunar Chronicles series trailblazed the way for half a decade’s worth of YA fairy tale retelling, its presence is ubiquitous on any retelling list you dig up on the Internet. With Heartless, Meyer cements her status as an ingenious storyteller, breathing new life into iconic characters we thought we knew. Continue reading “Blog Tour: Heartless by Marissa Meyer Book Review”
Thank you so much to everyone who signed up to #CritYourFaves! The list of all the participating blogs and their respective discussion topics are included here. I will be updating this list all throughout October.
There are no set posting schedules, those participating can post at any time as long as it’s within October! Remember to use the #CritYourFaves hashtag when crossposting on social media so I can make sure to help you promote your post 🙂 If you can manage it, please also leave a link to your post in the comments below when you have published it!
Three weeks just flew by and we are at the end of the #ReadThemAllThon! I am overwhelmed by the response, we ended up with more than 200 sign ups. Thank you so much to every single one of you who participated, it means the world to me ❤ Whether you managed to finish the challenge or not, I hope you had loads of fun.
But what I am truly looking for is who is our Pokemon Champion? Their prizes are:
FIRST PLACE WINNER:
- 2 Pokemon Wooden Bookmarks from Ink and Wonder!
- $15 AUD to spend on Book Depository or Wordery.
- Bragging rights, I’ll make you a banner proclaiming your win if you wish 😉
How do we decide who the winner is? To be in a chance to claim the prize, please collate your points and comment below. The comments will be open until Friday 9th September 12.00AM my time (AEST). The person with the higher number of points in the comment wins! I thought for a long time and given how many participants there are, this is the best way to keep track.
Please fill the form below using this format, time to crunch some numbers:
Pewter Badge: CP Points (1 pt per 10 pages read) + 20CP* completion bonus
Cascade Badge: CP Points (1 pt per 10 pages read) + 20CP* completion bonus
Thunder Badge: CP Points (1 pt per 10 pages read) + 20CP* completion bonus
Rainbow Badge: CP Points (1 pt per 10 pages read) + 20CP* completion bonus
Marsh Badge: CP Points (1 pt per 10 pages read) + 20CP* completion bonus
Soul Badge: CP Points (1 pt per 10 pages read) + 20CP* completion bonus
Flame Badge: CP Points (1 pt per 10 pages read) + 20CP* completion bonus
Earth Badge: CP Points (1 pt per 10 pages read) + 20CP* completion bonus
Review Points: 20 CP per review you wrote of only the books you read for the above challenge, posted between 14/8-4/9.
Social Media Points: Earned from tweeting/photos. Please be honest! I will be doing a check! Max points from tweeting is 200, max points from photo is 100
Evolution Bonus: +50 CP each time the Pokemon evolves, in Magikarp’s case, +120CP
Extra Books Read Bonus: 1 pt per 10 pages read for books you completed AFTER you finished the initial 8 challenges.
Note: please only add the extra 20 CP for the badges if you FINISHED the book you read.
This obviously all depends on everyone’s honesty, as I have no concrete way to verify whether you’ve read all the books or the will to shift through all your tweets to count up the points. I trust that all you lovely people will play fair ❤
Please let me know if any feedback regarding the event below as well. I will be hosting more readathons (not necessarily Pokemon themed, this depends on interest) in the future, so I hope to see you around!
Once again, thank you so much to everyone who participated. You’re all the very best in my heart ❤
Thanks to Allen and Unwin for giving me an opportunity to participate in the blog tour for The Boundless Sublime by Lili Wilkinson! I have an interview to show you all today. Lili has been so gracious and informative in all of her answers, so I hope you’ll have fun reading it.
The Boundless Sublime first appeared to be a typical cult story. However, the main characters manage to retain all of her thoughts and agency throughout the story, even when she was making poor decisions. It’s definitely a title to check out if you’ve enjoyed other recent releases like The Girls or Foxlowe.
1. Congratulations on the release of The Boundless Sublime! Could you tell us a little about the inspiration behind this book?
A few things, I guess. One is that my grandparents were Scientologists, and I’ve always been interested in belief, and the weird things people believed in. I read and loved Robin Klein’s People Might Hear You when I was a kid. And then I guess because of my grandparents I read Lawrence Wright’s Going Clear in 2014, and it sent me on a bit of a spiral of learning about new religious movements, which sort of naturally became the idea for The Boundless Sublime. Continue reading “Blog Tour: The Boundless Sublime”
One of the things I love most about blogging is its ability to connect me to all the readers around Australia. Some of my most treasured memories as a blogger are moments where I got to meet my fellow Aussie bloggers, like the time Jeann and Jenna came to Melbourne, or when I went to Sydney for the Writer’s Festival back in May, and more recently the Nevernight Launch in Melbourne.
The Oz YA community has helped shaped me into the blogger that I am today, and I will forever be grateful to their collective passion, intelligence and wit.
This blog hop is organised by Jeann at Happy Indulgence, along with the Aussie YA Blogger admin group. There will be a twitter chat
on 14th July so follow @AusYABloggers and #AusYABlogChat for more information!
What I Love About Aussie YA
I love the familiarity of the setting and the immediate relevance in the issues touched on in Oz YA books. Although I adore books for their ability to transport me into another country or another realm altogether – reading Australian fiction and their familiar surroundings help ground my emotions and make the characters come to life in a more profound way. We are also blessed with a host of amazing authors who regular engage with their readers and share their experiences. Continue reading “Blog Hop: All About Aussie YA”
If you’ve spent any amount of time reading about reading books on the Internet (as you do!), you’ll know exactly the feeling I’m talking about. That moment when blissful fangirl happiness curdles when someone, somewhere, points out that the book isn’t nearly as perfect as you believe. Even worse, it has problematic elements – whether it be social or cultural. How do you deal with this? Take a deep breath my friend, it’s OK – you’ll get through this, and you’ll still be able to love your book at the end of it. Continue reading “Discussion: When Your Favourite Book Is Problematic”