Top 5 Book Boyfriends

Helloooo everyone!
So I’m not a huge book boyfriend hoarder myself, but as everyone else, I also have some favourite males in the literature. I would like to share my top 5 favourite of these amazing boys in todays post. I’m sure most of the following guys are well known throughout in the YA reader society but I want point out why they have such a precious place in my heart.
Let’s start it then!

  1. Jem Carstairs from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra ClareHow could I discribe my love toward Jem Carstairs, who has the best smell in the earth (I always imagined it as cherry and candy floss… I don’t know why :D)? Jem is the perfect, lovely, cutesy, romantic boyfriend. He brings flowers to you, writes a song to you and plays it in his own musical instrument. He is passionate, loyal and everything you want as a friend and as a lover from the boy you love.
  1. Jest from Heartless by Marissa Meyer

    Jest is a new finding as part of my list of book boyfriends – he’s part of it since this January, when I read Heartless and changed my entire world – at least that part of my world that contains my views toward the story of Alice in Wonderland.
    Jest is somehow similar to Jem – he’s kind and loyal and passionate and romantic. And who wouldn’t love a man who is so mytreious as he is?
  1. Tristan Thorn from Stardust by Neil Gaiman

    I think Tristan was my first book boyfriend in my entire life. I mean, he won my heart just with the act that he went to an adventure to a well known dangerous place just to find a fallen star and bring it back to the woman he loves. If this isn’t romantic, the I don’t know what it is.
  1. Dimitri Belikov from the Vampire Academy by Richelle MeadTo be honest I read this series so back in time that I don’t remember why do I love Dimitr so much, I just know that when I think of him I feel some kind of sweet sensation. I know that I loved him and I wanted he to be happy. And I remember that he’s badass and I love badass guys!
  1. Rhysand from ACOMAF by Sara J. MaasI know, I know, he is currently everyone’s number one book boyfriend, but it is not a coincidence – this man is perfect.

So these perfect males are my favourites of all time. Who are yours?

Cheers,
Szandi

#TheReadingQuest Day 1 Update

Hellooo everyone!

Today is the first day of #TheReadingQuest challenge, you can find my original post about it here.

First thing I do is to put aside my other reads – these are ACOWAR and The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. I’m going to come back to these time to time when I’m overwhelmed with the books I chose for the challenge, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to finish them before the challenge started – I had to finish Cress in order to start Winter.

I decided to start the challenge with the two books I’m the most afraid of:

  • Winter
  • Divergent

I selected Winter because of it’s length: it’s 823 pages long, so I think I will read it throughout the whole challenge, I hope I can finish it by the deadline.
Divergent was selected because it is the starting book of a new series which I never read before. It is always a little bit risky – what if I’m not going to like it?

I have a change as well in my TBR for the challenge: I selected Raven Boys to the mythology quest, and I ordered it but it haven’t arrived yet. I’m afraid that it is not going to arrive in time so today I bought the first Percy Jackson book: The Lightning Thief, so I’m going to read that instead of the Raven Boys.

So Ryell started her journey to grow into the Arch Mage of this world.

Current EXP: 10
Current HP: 10

Once finished Divergent (page count 487):
+10 EXP
+48 HP

Once finished Winter (page count 823):
+10 EXP
+82 HP

I’m going to update you during the next week about the quests if I’m finishing any.

Cheers,
Szandi

Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody – Review

Hellooo everyone!

This year I haven’t placed much books to my ‘Favourite‘ shelf. I read many good books, but there weren’t a lot where I felt instant love which brought me through the story like a firestorm, and devoured it nearly one sitting because I enjoyed it so bloody much.

But then on the 1st of August I started to buddy read with Fran the amazing book that came in the July FairyLoot box – the Daughter of the Burning City. I fell in love in the first couple of pages wich lasted until the very end, I read it basically every time when I had a little free time.

So please let me introduce you to the Gomorrah Festival…

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Book Title: Daughter of the Burning City
Author: Amanda Foody
Genre: YA fantasy
Favourited: Yes
Rating: 5/5

Book Summary (From Goodreads)

A darkly irresistible new fantasy set in the infamous Gomorrah Festival, a traveling carnival of debauchery that caters to the strangest of dreams and desires.

Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show.

But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that—illusions, and not truly real. Or so she always believed…until one of them is murdered.

Desperate to protect her family, Sorina must track down the culprit and determine how they killed a person who doesn’t actually exist. Her search for answers leads her to the self-proclaimed gossip-worker Luca, and their investigation sends them through a haze of political turmoil and forbidden romance, and into the most sinister corners of the Festival. But as the killer continues murdering Sorina’s illusions one by one, she must unravel the horrifying truth before all of her loved ones disappear.

The Story

I went into the book with not many expectations – I learnt from Caraval that maybe I love the circus themed books. I thought that this book is going to be very similar to the Caraval, but how wrong I was!
In the first couple of pages I wasn’t sure how to react to the things I’m reading I just knew that I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! The dark athmosphere of Gomorrah just went right under my skin and I was pulsing with it throughout the book. It is a vivid and whimsical imagination this book has with such great descriptions that you can smell and taste everything in Gomorrah. I became one of it’s citizen in the first chapter.
Then the story is starting and I just didn’t understood anything… how you possibly can kill an illusion? The first time I was just shocked, just like our characters. The investigation is starting and we start to learn things about Gomorrah we never though is the part of this forever moving city. We learn everything from piece by piece with Sorina, we are not sure, who our killer is and what the motivation behind the murder is, but as we go deeper and deeper we kinda feel that not everyone is that we first thought will be. I must say, that I was assuming from the half of the book who is behind the murders but I wasn’t sure. I think the mystery was very well built and it kept me interested.

The Characters

I loved the characters in this book! Sorina is maybe one of my favourite female protagonist, not the typical one which I really like. She is a girl who knows the boundaries of her powers, has a bad part of her which is afraid and feels she’s only a freak, but she had this badass side with this amazing ability of creating illusions, so powerful illusions that she was able to create a family for herself. I loved that we see her weaknesses and she knows her weaknesses as well.

The illusions were amazing. Every one of them has their own personality. Some of them are created better and we learn more deeply from them, but in the case of Unu, Du and Hawk we don’t learn much, but at the end of the day they were only children. Nicoleta on the other hand is very well developed, we learn how much she works on help the family stay alive and how very much this exhausting her. Venera break our heart when she talks to Sorina about the men she slept with and told her that they just want to know how does it feel, to sex with a girl who only is an imagination.

The writing style

The writing style of this book was amazing. The athmosphere was very well described and the descripitons were very on point.

I must say that this book was the biggest surprise of 2017 for me, I didn’t thought that I will enjoy it this much nor that it is going to have a place between my favourites. Very much worth a read!

Cheers,
Szandi

Keep it Fresh Award

Hello everyone! There is incredibly hot in Hungary at the moment when I write this post, and I’m craving fruits in this weather, so I thought that it would be fun to do a fruit themed book tag. I googled it and found this amazing tag at  The Lazy Reading Panda’s blog. So without further ado, let’s jump right into the tag!

RULES:
  • Post the rules before starting and link back to this post as a reference for other bloggers.
  • Part A: Answer each of the fruit questions (each fruit corresponds to a book!) & add pictures plus why you thought that particular book deserves that particular fruit if possible.
  • Part B: Choose your favourite fruit (even if it is one of the fruits in part A). Come up with a question that we didn’t ask and answer it.
  • Part C: Create your own smoothie from the fruits in Part A (imagine a Lemon-Tomato-Apple smoothie ~ yuck), and find a book that would correlate to your smoothie!
  • Nominate as many and anyone that you think are deserving of this award but it would be nice if you nominated a minimum of 5!
  • Notify your nominees of the nomination (nom nom nom ~ :D)
  • The most important rules? HAVE FUN and of course, KEEP IT FRESH!:)

Part A – Fruit Questions

  1. Strawberries: Name the sweetest book you’ve read. (e.g. sweet in terms of the characters or if the story takes place in a sweet world… etc.)The first book that pops into my mind is The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli. I’m usually not a contemporary reader but this year I decided to upen up toward this genre and how goos that I did so! The Upside of Unrequited is a fluffy, cutesy read which I really enjoyed.upside

  2. Coconut: What is a book that you would bring on vacation with you to a tropical destination? (Or if you’re just relaxing at the beach…) 
    This question is really on the spot for me at the moment, as I’m currently trying to plan what books to bring with me on my family vacation in September. I think that what I would bring is an easy read, not a high fantasy with much world building. I think I would chose the Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger, based on the length of the vacation the whole series or just the first couple of books, because it is an easy and really funny read. I can imagine myself lying on the beach and laughing hard while reading these books.parasol
  3. Pineapple: What is a book that you didn’t think you would like by judging its cover/summary/the first few pages but started to grow on you?Caraval by Stephanie Garber. It was a big surprise for me, I’m not really into circuses and actually the premise was not interesting for me, I thought that this will be a book that was just meh, but I loved it and I’m so happy that I gave it a chance!caraval
  4. Orange: What’s the juiciest book you’ve read? (e.g. A book with tons of action, romance… etc.)From the word juicy the first book that popped into my mind is A Court of Mist and Fury by Sara J. Maas. It’s full of action, romance and Rhysand and Feyre and Rhysand scenes and if those aren’t the definition of juicy than I don’t know what it is 😀acomaf
  5. Watermelon: A watery book (e.g. There wasn’t tons of substance to the book/the details were just too watery…etc. Don’t get us wrong though, we love watermelons!)
    This is a tough one… I would say Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza. It was an okay book but nothing special. The characters were one dimensional, they didn’t have enough complexity in them, the story was kind of predictable… I don’t know, I was a tiny bit disappointeds by that one because I thought that it is going to be a badass book and I didn’t got what I was waitng for.eoats
  6. Dragonfruit: What’s the most unique book you’ve read? (e.g. Unique in writing style, characters, plot… etc.)This is going to be my current read, Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody. I’m more than halfway though this book and it’s sooo unique, the athmosphere is amazing, I love the characters and the world is very unique. I love it so far and I hope that the ending will not disappoint me.dotbc
  7. Lemons: Name a book that made you feel sour. (e.g. The emotions were just sour, you just felt sour reading the book, or the book includes sour characters… etc.)I usually not DNF any books, but I had to DNF Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter. I had really high expectations towards this book, zhe premise sounded amazing and the russian folklor interest me very much… but I not enjoyed the book at all, I had this soury taste in my mouth the whole time because I felt betrayed by the book.vitn
  8. Tomato: What is a wonderful book that you think should be more widely known? Or a fantastic author whom you think deserves more recognition? (Since some may not know that tomatoes are actually fruits!)I loved the Engelsfors trilogy by Mats Strandberg and I don’t feel that it got enough love. The whole series was very well written, the characters are amazing, the story is really good – it’s a bit slow but I really enjoyed that it is slow and I loved this darky, foggy athmosphere it has. It deserves more love!engelsfors
  9. Apple: Name a really stereotypical book of a certain genre just like apples which are typical fruits. In the end was that book good or not? (e.g. A very typical contemporary/fantasy book… etc.)The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard is a typical YA fantasy book. The elements of the story, the character, everything felt like hat okay, I’ve already read this somewhere else. This is not a bad thing though, I really enjoyed this book.redqueen
  10. Blueberries: Name a book that made you feel blue. (Any sad, depressing books that you’ve read?)Heartless by Marissa Meyer. I knew from the beginning that this book is going to torn my heart into tiny little pieces and I was right. I was sobbing on the train when I finished it.heartless
  11. Grapefruit: Any bitter books? (e.g. a book that was blue but MORE… do you have any bitter resentments towards characters from a book? Any sour turned bitter emotions? Any uber hateful villains?)My most hateful villain is Dolores Umbridge from Harry Potter. I never thought that I can hate a fictional character as much as I hate her. She is kind of worse than Voldemort in my opinion. Voldemort is a bad guy and he knows that he is a bad guy and does bad things, but Umbridge is different. She is a sociopath with this cutesy, fluffy, pink attire and I just want to punch her in the face I can’t even desribe my hate toward her.hp5
  12. Jackfruit: Name the most physically heavy book that you’ve ever read. (Because jackfruits are pretty heavy fruits!)Either Lord of the Rings or Strange the Dreamer. All book in my LoTR trilogy is really heavy and Strange the Dreamer also a really big and heavy book.std
  13. Limes: Name a funny book that you’ve read because limes add flavour and so does humour with every book.I’m going to chose for this a hungarian series, Borbiro Borbala by Agnes Gaura. The whole series is really funny, the characters are full of sass and their dialogs are always incedibly fun. I love this series 😀bb

Part B – favourite fruit

Choose your favourite fruit and then choose a book that would correspond the best and if your fruit is already taken on our list, make up your own question and answer it.

My favourite fruit is Raspberry, it is sweet but you can get it only for a short amount of time. I would select for this a book or a series which I never wanted to end.

This is definitely the Harry Potter series which is my all time favourite series and is ended too early, I never wanted to leave Hogwarts and the Wizarding World.

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Part C – Fruit Smoorthies

Finally, choose a book that was a mix of some of these fruits to make your own smoothie. (e.g. A strawberry blueberry lemon smoothie would correlate to a sweet and sad but sour book.)

I chose a Strawberry – Lime- Blueberry – Raspberry smoothie. In my representation this is a series which I love, is sweet and funny but made me cry out loud. This series is the Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare. I absolutely adored this series, it made me laugh and also sob in public and has the sweetest book boyfriend of the world. Just. Love. This. Series.

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So this was the Keep it Freash Award book tag, I hope you enjoyed it, and I tag anyone who wants to do this tag.

Cheers,
Szandi

Book Box Battle

I saw this idea on the BookTube channel of G, aka Book Roast. The thing is basically that you get two book boxes and battle them.
I have two subscription boxes here today, the July OwlCrate box, where the theme of the month was Wanderlust, and the July FairyLoot box, the theme here was Tricksters.
I’m getting FairyLoot every month since last December and I’m obsessed with their stuff, the items in the box and the theme is never let me down! Usually I really enjoy the book included as well.
My first OwlCrate box was this May’s Comic Explosion box, which I LOVED! I got every box since and also I bought two past boxes of them – the April and March ones.

So without further ado, let’s jump into the boxes!

First let’s investigate the content of the FairyLoot box.

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  • An Exclusive Sherlock Enamel Tin Mug by Fictiontea Desings
  • Loki Body Lotion by GeekyClean
  • Harry Potter Playing Cards
  • Fortune Telling Litchen Glove
  • Harley Quinn print designed by MissPhi
  • Six of Crows bookmark by LexyOlivia
  • Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

And now to the content of Owlcrate:

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  • Newt Scamander Funko Keyring
  • Pocket Journal by Ooly
  • Owl luggage tag by Mudhappy
  • ADSOM mirror by MissPhi
  • Artprint by Shailey Ann Designs
  • LOTR drawstring bag exclusively by Owlcrate
  • A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee

Both boxes were very strong this month! I’m really happy with both books, I’m really looking forward to read them. My heart goes a little bit with OwlCrate because of the LOTR bag because OMG it is sooo amazing!!! When I opened the box and saw it I literally felt that this was the best thing I ever got from a subscription box. That item is definitely my favourite from this months loot, and also from the Owlcrate box. From the FairyLoot box my favourite is the mug, I love tin mug, they are adorable and always remembers me to my grandpa 🙂

Cheers, Szandi

#TheReadingQuest

So I found this amazing reading challenge made by Aentee and I decided that I have to participate 😀 I’m a huge gamer, I love board games and I’m a role player as well so this is my kind of reading challenge 🙂

The reading challenge takes place between the 13th of August and 10th of September. You can find the full description of the challenge here.

I decided that I’m going to go on the path of the Mage, I don’t think that I’m going to have time for another character path, but I’m going to try and finish some side quests.

For the path of the Mage I chose the following books:

One Word Title – Winter by Marissa Meyer
Contains Magic Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab
Based on Mythology – The Raven boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Set in different world – Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett
1st book in a series – Divergent by Veronica Roth

Ideas for Side Quests:

Multiplayer, buddy read a book – probably we are going to able to buddy read something with Fran 🙂
Grind, a book with more than 500 pages – Insurgent by Veronica Roth

In the beginning my lovely mage named Ryell (ok, now I’m fond to my character…) starts on the 1st level with 10 EXP. I’m going to post her progress in growing to a mighty heroine 🙂

So this kind of mess up my previously set up TBR for August (and for September, to be honest) but I can’t resist, this is too much fun 🙂

Wish luck on the road of my lovely Inside-Mage to be successful!

Cheers,
Szandi

 

Roar by Cora Carmack – Review

Rating: 4/5
Genre: YA fiction
Favourited: No

My first ever buddy reading experience happened this month, I buddy read this amazing book on Instagram with Fran. We had weekly talk about the book and we both enjoyed the book a lot!
I received this book in June’s Elementalist FairyLoot box, I actually knew what the book is going to be once the theme was released in May 😀 I was really excited about this book, the premise sounded amazing, and it didn’t let me down!

The book is about a princess named Aurora, who borned to a Stormling family, who can defend their cities with their storm magic. The problem is that Rora have no magic in her and she and her mother tries to hide this fact from the world, so Rora is about to have a marriage with a guy from another Stormling family. The guy seems amazing in the beginning but she learnes out things about him that she don’t like and one time when the guy sneaks out to the city she follows her. She finds a place where people are selling storm magic, and finds people who are storm hunters. She decides that she joins them to hunt down magic for herself with which she can protect her city without the need of this marriage.

The Story

The story is really well developed. We learn a lot about this world and it’s magic system slowly through the book. The start is slow and we learn a lot about Rora and her feelings, her powers – and I must say, she’s badass! The book has multiple POV, which is really good because we learn more about the characters and their motivations this way. There wasn’t any moment in the book which I felt boring or unnecessary, it kept me interested all the time.

The Characters

Here I feel some issues. Though Rora is a well developed character and I can elate to her, the other characters felt really simple and one dymensional to me, they don’t really had any depth. I hope that in the following books they are going to have some development and as we learn more about them they are going to get some depth.

I absolutely recommend this book to everyone who wants to learn about a really interesting magic system and world and misses a fantastic high fantasy novel.

Cheers, Szandi