Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I’m Dying to Meet

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week I will make a list of 10 books, authors or other bookish things surrounding a certain topic. This week, we’re talking authors! Here are 10 authors I really, really want to meet.

Becky Albertalli // Read: The Upside of Unrequited, Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda // I have read and adored both of her books. Her most recent one however, The Upside of Unrequited, really struck a chord with me. I need to thank her for writing about Molly. 

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie // Read: We Should All Be Feminists // I’ve only read her one non-fiction book, which is basically a speech she’s given. But she’s such an inspirational person, I’d love to actually meet her and listen to her talk.

Alice Oseman // Read: Radio Silence // This book… I adored Radio Silence. I really want to read her earlier book, Solitaire. And The Ark, which will be released this year. I’d love to meet her, and get my copy of Radio Silence signed. 

Michael J. Sullivan // Read: Riyria Revelations, Riyria Chronicles // I absolutely adore both of his Riyria series. I ADORE THEM. So I need to meet the creator, okay?

J.K. Rowling // Read: Harry Potter (and Cormoran Strike) // I CAN’T LEAVE HER OFF THIS LIST.

Leigh Bardugo // Read: Grisha trilogy, Six of Crows // Who is surprised? Not me. Probably not you either. 

Anne Bishop // Read: The Others // I adore her Others series. It’s some of the best urban fantasy I’ve ever read. So obviously, I need to meet her.

Scott Lynch // Read: Gentleman Bastard // I need to know how he comes up with these crazy schemes. And when we’re getting Thorn of Emberlain.

Rachel Aaron // Read: Legend of Eli Monpress, Nice Dragons Finish Last, One Good Dragon Deserves Another // LOVE LOVE LOVE HER WORK! I admire her so much. Not only because she has written some amazing books, but also because she successfully self-published some of them.

V.E. Schwab // Read: Shades of Magic // Not only has she created one of my favorite series, she genuinely seems like such a nice person. 


Someone make this happen, please.

Weekly Wrap Up | March n° 4

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Eragon (Inheritance Cycle #1) by Christopher Paolini // ★★★★.5 // I’ve been wanting to re-read this series for ages, and finally decided to do it. I adore this series so much. The reason I gave this book 0.5 stars less than the others, is because it was his debut novel and he was only 17 years old or so. The writing in this book isn’t as amazing as it is in the next ones. 

Eldest (Inheritance Cycle #2) by Christopher Paolini // Read in translation (Dutch): Oudste, translated by Erica Feberwee // ★★★★★ // I wanted to continue the read, but my copy of the book is in Dutch and the library didn’t have the English one at the moment. Keeping my 2017 goals in mind, I decided to re-read the second book in Dutch. Absolutely loved it, I will definitely take a look at other books Erica Feberwee has written or translated. 

Brisingr (Inheritance Cycle #3) by Christopher Paolini // ★★★★★ // I can’t believe how much his writing has improved by the third book. How epic this series really is. I finished this one on Friday, and am planning on starting the fourth book this weekend.

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NOTHING BUT YOUTUBE VIDEOS. With all that heavy re-reading, I didn’t have time to watch anything else!

But I’ve been getting back into beauty and lifestyle videos, which I’d been neglecting for a long time now. Some of my current favorite channels are Rachel Talbott, The Michalaks, Samantha Maria, Gothamista, Beauty With Emily Fox, Caroline Hirons, Joan Kim, Tashina Combs, The Anna Edit, Hot For Food, and Cheap Lazy Vegan.

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What have I been doing this week? 

Not much. I’ve been reading.

I’ve been preparing for my first move. If everything goes well, I’ll be moving out (for the first time) in May. So I’m slowly packing things up. I know it’s early still. But I work full-time, and I don’t want to have to rapidly pack everything in the evening the week before I’m moving.


That was my week! How was yours? Did you read, watch or do anything?

Review: The Magician’s Workshop

the-magicians-workshop-volume-1The Magician’s Workshop (The Magician’s Workshop Volume 1) by Christopher Hansen & J.R. Fehr
Published: November 8th, 2016 by Wondertale

Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 3/5 stars – it was okay
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I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion in any way.

Synopsis: Everyone in the islands of O’Ceea has a magical ability: whatever they imagine can be brought into existence. Whoever becomes a master over these powers is granted the title of magician and is given fame, power, riches, and glory. This volume of books follows the journey of a group of kids as they strive to rise to the top and become members of the Magician’s Workshop.

Layauna desperately wants to create beautiful things with her magical powers, but all she can seem to do is make horrible, savage monsters. For years she has tried to hide her creations, but when her power is at last discovered by a great magician, she realizes that what she’s tried to hide might actually be of tremendous value.

Kai just wants to use his powers to have fun and play with his friends. Unfortunately, nearly everyone on his island sees him as a bad influence, so he’s forced to meet them in secret. When one of the creatures they create gets out of control and starts flinging fireballs at their town, Kai is tempted to believe that he is as nefarious as people say. However, his prospects change when two mysterious visitors arrive, praising his ability and making extraordinary promises about his future.

Follow the adventures of Kai, Layauna, and a boatload of other characters as they struggle to grow up well in this fantastical world.

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This was a book I received from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. I thought it sounded pretty interesting, so I accepted the review copy. I still think it’s an interesting story. It just wasn’t really for me.

MAGIC

So this book follows several young teenagers in the weeks and days leading up to their Color Ceremony. In this world, everyone can use magic. Their way of using magic is through projections. You can pretty much project anything. For example, you could have a simple cake and project the taste of chocolate onto it. Now, your cake will taste like chocolate. Or you could make something smell like roses, or garbage. Or you could project an animal, or person. Which sounds pretty epic, right? Everyone can project! But not everyone is allowed to. Only magicians who have a Color pulled out of them can perform magic whenever they want. And if you don’t get a Color, but still earn enough chips at the ceremony with your skills, you can join a specific Guild and perform the kind of projections in line with said Guild.

It all sounds amazing. But don’t ask me any details about the way the projections work, okay? Because I can’t give you any. I know there is something called Kingdom, which makes a projection stronger. The more Kingdom you put into it, the stronger it gets. There are other aspects too, but I can’t recall them. There’s also something called The Grand Projection, which is kind of like a theater piece by the Magicians from the Workshop, entirely with projections. It happens once a year, and everyone looks forward to it.

That’s all I know. I don’t know what having a Color pulled out of you means. I only know that most people want it to happen. I just am left with so many questions after reading this, and not just about the magic system.

WORLD

This is where my biggest issue with the book lies. I know absolutely nothing about the world. Where was the world building here? I know these people live on islands, and that there are numbered regions. I could also tell the main characters lived on different islands/in different regions. That’s literally all I know. I find it so hard to get into a fantasy story when I can’t envision the world or the way it came to be.

CHARACTERS

When I received this book for review, I read that the authors had several characters they really wanted to include in the story, and that was the reason they decided to split this up in volumes. And I get that. I was excited. I tend to love multiple POV stories!

But not when there are like 5 or 6 POVs in a story of only 250 pages. I can’t keep up with who is who. I don’t have any time to get invested in their stories. The only ones I really grew to like were Kai and Cody. I feel like the synopsis is kind of misleading with regards to Layauna? Because it makes it seem like she’s a true main character, but she’s only in like 2 chapters. Maybe she is a main character in the series overall. But definitely not in this one. 

I feel like I’m making this sound really bad. It’s not. I still quite enjoyed the read, and I think it’s a fun middle grade fantasy. There were several characters I did like, and whose journeys I was interested in. I just wanted more.

FINAL IMPRESSION

I think the authors have a great imagination, and the idea for these books is wonderful. I enjoyed the idea of projections. I really enjoyed how one of the teenagers was different because he preferred actual experiences instead of projections. It made me think about how much “normal” things we take for granted. 

I think this was a fun and quick read. But I can’t give it more than 3 stars, because I am just left with so many questions about the world and magic system. To clarify: 3 stars is not a bad rating in my opinion. It means I enjoyed the read. 

Top 5 Wednesday: Good Angsty Romances?

It’s #T5W time! Today, we’re talking about our favorite angsty romances. Which I didn’t think I’d ever say because I usually can’t take angst. Deal with your problems, people. But not all angst is bad, I guess. Here are some romances I still loved -despite or because of the angst they portrayed.

  1. Vin & Elend // Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
  2. Eragon & Arya // The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini
  3. Lochan & Maya // Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
  4. Simon & Meg // The Others by Anne Bishop
  5. Tessa & Jem // The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

Top Ten Tuesday: Books to Read In One Sitting

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week I will make a list of 10 books, authors or other bookish things surrounding a certain topic. This week, we’re talking about books you (can) read in one sitting. These can either be short books, or books I got so invested in I just had to continue.

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli // I know this book is only released in April. But I’m going to keep mentioning it, so I’m sure you won’t forget to pick it up. It is so incredible, and a book you won’t want to put down.

All the Rage by Courtney Summers // This isn’t a happy book. But I found myself clustered to it, because I didn’t want to put it down. I needed to know what would happen next in Romy’s story. It stirred up so many emotions in me, that I was incapable of putting it down.

Annihilation (Southern Reach #1) by Jeff Vandermeer // This book is SO SHORT. It’s not even 200 pages. So yeah, it’s definitely one you can read in one sitting. And you’ll find yourself glued to the page, because it’s all just so weird.

Frostfire (Kanin Chronicles #1) by Amanda Hocking // This book is a little over 300 pages. But it’s one of those YA fantasies that you just can’t put down. It’s so fast-paced, and quick to read! I read the entire trilogy in like 2 days?

The Spirit Thief (Legend of Eli Monpress #1) by Rachel Aaron // Another fantasy that’s impossible to put down. The story and characters are so addictive, and I couldn’t stop reading. This is one of the only series I’ve ever successfully binged. I read all 5 books in a week’s time.

This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp // This is a book to read in one sitting, because you won’t be able to put it down. It takes place in the span of 54 minutes during a school shooting. 

The Alchemists of Loom (Loom Saga #1) by Elise Kova // I find Elise Kova’s writing allows you to read her books rather quickly. It feels fast-paced, and you’ll get so attached to the characters that you just have to keep reading. I can’t wait for the second book in the series. 

The Paper Magician (Paper Magician #1) by Charlie N. Holmberg // It’s been a while since I talked about this trilogy. It’s one of the first books I ever requested for review, and I really enjoyed it. It’s a historical fiction fantasy read, in which the main character learns to become a paper magician, even though she thinks paper magic is stupid. It’s not. I WANT TO DO IT. 

Sunbolt (Sunbolt Chronicles #1) by Intisar Khanani // WARNING: have the second book ready when you read this one. I think Intisar was originally planning on making these short stories, because it’s only 150 pages. The second book is much longer than that though. I loved this book, and I found Hitomi’s character really interesting. 

Dark Legion (Blood of Blood #1) by Paul Kleynhans // Why has no one read this? This is quite a dark fantasy series (trilogy??) about a prince whose kingdom was conquered. He was made a slave, and trained to be the new emperor’s assassin. Some things in these book (there are 2 now) are a bit convenient, but I think they are so good overall. 


So those are 10 books I’ve enjoyed, that are either short or so fast-paced and captivating that you can’t put them down. Have you read any of these? Which one-sitting books would you recommend?

Review: Etched in Bone | Spoiler Free

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Etched in Bone (The Others #5) by Anne Bishop

Published: 07.03.2017 by Roc

Genre: Urban fantasy
Rating: 5/5 stars – a new favorite
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I won’t provide a synopsis for this book, as it’s the fifth book in the series.

My review is spoiler-free, even for those who haven’t read the previous books.

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Etched in Bone was probably my most anticipated book of 2017. I have been a massive fan of this series for about 4 years now, and the fact that it was coming to an end was both exciting and terrifying. I mean, she is writing a spin)-off in the same world, but that will feature different characters. So this is the end of stories with Meg and Simon and Tess and Vlad as main characters.

I can’t believe it’s over. I honestly can’t believe it.

I don’t want to say anything about what actually happens in this book, because I don’t want to spoil anything for you all -even if you haven’t read the previous books. This book was not as action-packed as the previous ones were. It didn’t feature as much conflict. It was more the community at Lakeside Courtyard trying to adjust to life after the events in the previous book. At least, for the first while. To some, that may not sound interesting at all. But I’ve always wondered: what happens after the big battle? How does a community just rebuild and adapt after so much has happened? And I think this book gives a great look into that aspect of conflicts and war.

A “villain” does pop up in the story. And I think he was the most despicable person we’ve seen so far. I actually want to kill him myself. He’s the most disgusting villain because he’s so realistic. I know that people like this actually exist, and it makes me want to throw up.

I’m so glad I got to spend another book with all these characters. Although I do feel like I got less of Tess and Henry in this book? And maybe less of Vlad too? I don’t know. I loved seeing the human pack grow and adjust, seeing them integrated in the Courtyard.  By the fifth book, the human pack has grown so much, and I was afraid at first I wouldn’t be able to keep up with everyone. But each person was so distinctly realistic, with their own character traits and beliefs, that it was easy to tell them apart. I grew so attached to Twylla, because she’s the most bad-ass grandmother ever.

I can’t leave you all without talking about Meg and Simon. Every time they were on the page together, I wanted to squeal in delight. They are just so cute. I wanted a romance to truly happen, but I wanted the characters to stay true to themselves too. Meg is afraid of romance and sex, after everything that happened to her in the Compound. And Simon doesn’t know how to be with a human, much less a blood prophet, without losing too much Wolf. I feel like Anne Bishop never lost sight of who these people really are, and made their journey actually realistic.



I’m really happy with the way this series ended. I do not think this book let me down in any way, whatsoever. It was such a great conclusion. I’ll be recommending this series to people, forever. And now that this is done, I’ll be starting Anne Bishop’s backlist of books.
I want to experience more of her writing. Because I’m going to miss it so much.

Weekly Wrap Up | March n° 3

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The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater // ★★★★★ // I was so pleasantly surprised by this book. I’d been meaning to read more Maggie Stiefvater books, and this seemed like a great place to start. It was epic. I was a tad confused at first about the water horses, but grew to absolutely love the story and characters!

The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1) by Rick Riordan // ★★★★.5 // I finally read this! I really, really enjoyed it too. I like the diversity added, and I loved Sam as a character. She was such a bad ass. I know next to nothing about Norse mythology, so I learned a lot from this! I do want to do some research separately though. Anyway, great start to the series.

Red Rising (Red Rising #1) by Pierce Brown // ★★★★★ // Wow. I finally read this. Man, it was epic. This thing is so violent though, that it makes a rebellion seem a lot more realistic? I liked Darrow as a character too, especially because he wasn’t truly likeable. That made him feel so much more real, and like someone who has lost as much as he has. I’ll definitely be continuing the trilogy! This actually reminded me of Das Experiment, the movie they made about the Stanford prison experiment in the 70s. 

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I watched Star Wars episode IV: A New Hope for the first time ever. I actually enjoyed it, which I didn’t expect!! I’m hoping to watch the next one today or maybe in the coming week? 

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On Saturday, I went to Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in Concert! If you don’t know what that is, they play the movie but enact the music out live. It’s performed by an orchestra and a choir, and they play the music from the movie live.

I’m hoping to be able to move to my own apartment in May. It’s not 100% sure yet, but I have high hopes!


So that was my week! How was yours? Did you read, watch or do anything fun?