Monday, 16 October 2017

Finally Fall Book Tag

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And even though we, here in England call Fall Autumn, this is what the tag is called, which is why it's the title for the tag!
So, on to the tag!

To be honest, I am so glad that it is finally autumn, because I can wear my boots, you wake up to those days when it's crispy and cold, but still beautiful, and there's people drinking spiced latte and hot chocolate everywhere.
And don't forget all the great book releases!
But, on to the tag!


1. In fall, the air is crisp and clear: name a book with a vivid setting.
I think I'm going to choose Glass Sword, by Victoria Aveyard for this one, just because we get to see a bit of the world outside the story in the first book, and even when it's all in ruins, it's still super easy to picture the world for the story.


2. Nature is beautiful... but also dying: name a book that is beautifully written, but also deals with a heavy book like loss or grief
This is the first book that came to mind when I saw this category. And beautifully written, but with a heavy subject matter is the perfect way to describe this book. I flew through this, and even though it didn't exactly live up to the hype, I still really loved the characters, and especially Griffin's journey as he struggles to live his own life in a world without Theo.






3. Fall is back to school season: share a non-fiction book that taught you something new
I really don't read non-fiction books, so I'm not going to choose one. But if you have a non-fiction book that taught you a lot, let me know in the comments and I might pick it up!


4. In order to keep warm, it's good to spend some time with the people we love: name a fictional family/household/friend-group that you'd like to be part of.
Now, normally I'd go for the easy choice and pick the Weasleys, because they are the ultimate loving family, but I think I'm going to go with Scarlett and Silas (and Rosie) from Sisters Red, the first book in the Fairytale Retellings series, by Jackson Pearce.
Even though they are their own people, I know that Scarlett and Silas have eachother's backs, no matter what, and they prove it in this instalment. And Rosie completes that group, they are all at the their best when this trio is together, and the fact that they all have their own strengths in the group is what elevates their speed, their power and strength as a trio, and they are one of the main reasons why I love this series so much!


5. The colourful leaves are pilling on the ground: show us a pile of fall coloured spines!
Not the best picture, but I tried to get the colours to match the leaves changing colour. The subject has nothing to do with this, it's just purely for the cover. This isn't the biggest picture, especially as I don't have that many books that look like the leaves do in autumn. But hopefully you guys like and appreciate it!






6. Fall is the perfect time for some storytelling by the fireside: share a book wherein somebody is telling a story.

And who's telling the story? Death. I don't know why this story creeped into my head, because it's only really a part storyteller. It's more of like a character's perspective inside of a story. We get to see the story of a character, inside like the over-all story. So this is the book that I chose. (And also because I love this story, and I might re-read it next year).






7. The nights are getting darker: share a dark, creepy read.
I think I'm going to choose Aaru for this one. This book isn't the creepiest, like it isn't the classic horror book, but there is a twisty and dark undertone of maybe this isn't quite real, and if it, how is it possible. Plus the ending has one the darkest, most creepiest scenes I've read in a long time. So, if you think you can stomach it, pick this one up for Halloween.

8. The days are getting colder: name a short, heart-warming read that could warm up somebody's cold and rainy day.
It's been a while since I've read this, but I know that even though it's sad, it's also so heart-warming, and definitely teaches you to not take anything for granted, and to cherish the people around you. This is a story of love, and loss, and even though I read this a couple of years ago, it remains one of my favourite contemporaries ever.

9. Fall returns every year: name an old favourite that you'd like to return to soon.
MIND GAMES. I read this last year, and I actually think that this is maybe my favourite Teri Terry book! It is by far my favourite Sci-fi book, and put in Teri Terry's ability to tell an amazing story, and create a unique world, and you have Mind Games. This world takes place in a virtual world. The people live in a world where they are constantly online, but they aren't aware that they are, and that's used in the plot so well, that I can't help but love it.




10. Fall is the perfect time for cozy reading nights: share your favourite cozy reading 'accessories'.
  • Headphones (though that's really, all year long)
  • Hot chocolate (or pumpkin spiced latte)
That's it really!


11. Spread the autumn appreciation and tag some people!
Norees @ NoReadsTooGreat
Cassie @ Cassie Winters
Katie @ ReadWithKaty


So that is the Finally Fall Book Tag! I hope you enjoyed it, and even if you aren't tagged, feel free to take part!
So that is all I have for you today! I hope you have a wonderful day, and I will see you all on Wednesday, when I will post my second entry of the Spooky meme, by The Book Prophet!
Byeeeeee!

-Abi xxxxx





Friday, 13 October 2017

Warcross (Warcross #1), by Marie Lu

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And I read this book a while ago, but I still want to post a review because it's new and exciting, and I have a lot of thoughts on it!
Also It's been a while since I posted a review and this seems like the perfect fit.

It's Warcross
(Which you can see from the title).
Enjoy!


Title: Warcross
Author: Marie Lu
Genre: Sci-fi
Release date: 12th September, 2017
Status: Book 1/3??? in trilogy
Pages: 353
Blurb: "FOR THE MILLIONS WHO LOG IN
EVERY DAY, WARCROSS ISN'T JUST
A GAME- IT'S A WAY OF LIFE.

Teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty
hunter, tracking down Warcross players who bet
on the game illegally. But the bounty-hunting world
is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy.
Struggling to make ends meet, Emika takes a risk
and hacks into the opening game of the Warcross
Championships- accidentally glitching herself into
the action.

Now an overnight sensation, Emika is whisked off
to Tokyo to meet the game's creator, the elusive
young billionaire Hideo Tanaka. He needs a spy in
this year's tournament to help uncover a security
problem... and he wants Emika for the job.

Thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she's
only dreamed of, Emika's investigation soon uncovers
a sinister plot, which could shatter the entire
Warcross empire."

My Thoughts
When I first head about this book, I was a bit... meh about the whole thing, to be honest. I had enjoyed the Legend trilogy, but from what I knew it just seemed like any videogame sci-fi book.
But then, after hearing about all the people reading and raving about this book, I decided to pick it up.
And... it was pretty amazing, I have to admit!  

First things first, the visuals: it was all too easy to see the scene and the world spread out before you, a world that you wish you could live in, but is only a figment of your imagination. It was so, so easy to see the rat-ridded slums of New York, and with that, it was easy to visualise and picture the life that Lu had created for our protagonist, Emika.
But I'll get to that in a minute.
And then she makes the journey to Japan, and all of that changes.
This world is a lot more advanced than ours when it comes to technology, but it is no less easier to picture all of this, even though none of it exists!
The world was just so graphic, so (not realistic, but also realistic), Like it seemed surreal, just because the technology is the world. It's the whole world!
And the best part is how insanely possible this type of world might be not too soon from now1
Which you'll see what I mean when you read it!

Warcross. The game.
Primarily, it's capture the flag.
But with each new round, one team goes up against another, the world changes. You put on the glasses that Hideo created, and you're able to see in it, live in it. And the glasses create the world as well. There are things you can throw, which could potentially hinder the other team. For the teams, everybody has a job. And one thing I liked about Emika's team was that they weren't just a team for Warcross, but they were there for each-other in real-life as well, which I didn't really get from the other team.
And they played Mariokart! That was just the icing on top of the cake.

On to the characters.
Throughout the story we follow Emika Chen- bounty hunter. She finds people who are using Warcross illegally. And it gets her by, but every penny is tight.
One thing that I liked about Emika was that even though her character had an arc, a journey, character development, her personality never changed. She's always consistent, like she stays focused on the task at all times, which is something that I like about her. Also, she has RAINBOW HAIR.  
And she's in kind of a desperate situation, but before she knows it, she is being contacted by none other than the creator of this big ginormous Warcross game- Hideo Tanaka, and she's on her way to Tokyo to work for him.

Now, Hideo is an interesting character. He seems almost not real- just because how successful he is, mixed with the spine-tingling thing that there's something not quite right (that I got from the get go, let me just say.) Hideo, the genius boy that invented virtual glasses at the age of thirteen, is now, at the age of twenty, like the boss of everything. And he wants Emika for a job.

One word to describe the relationship between these two: Conflicting.
I can't even describe it.
There aren't words!
I'm literally tripping over them.
Just, there's the business, the job that Hideo hired Emika for, and then there's their own personal relationship.
Just read it, and you'll understand.

So overall, this was an amazing read and I cannot wait for the sequel!
This is definitely one of my favourite reads for 2017.
(There's getting to be a lot of those...)

:)

So that is all I have for you today!
I hope you have a wonderful weekend and I will see you all on Monday!
Byeeee!

-Abi xxxxxxx








Monday, 9 October 2017

TBR Jar (2018)

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And even though it may be a bit too early, considering it's only just October, but I want to talk about something that I'm going to attempt in 2018.

I have to admit, it is a TBR jar, but it isn't anything specific really.
It isn't like specific books, and I pick one every month.
To be honest, I don't really have an annual time to pick one.

It's basically all the things I want to read next year.
Some of them are authors, others are a specific duology or trilogy.
There aren't quite twelve yet, I'm thinking at the moment that I'll maybe try to accomplish 6-8, because although there are a few that come to mind immediately, there won't be a point otherwise.

Here are the tasks that I've thought of so far:

1. A Stephen King book
At this point, I really don't care what Stephen King book, I just need to read one. It might be Carrie, or It, but I definitely need to read one that was produced by him.

2. The Savage Song duology, by Victoria Schwab
Katytastic's 24 hour readathon vlog is what got me invested in the need to read this duology. Also the thousand amazing reviews about all of her books.
This needs to happen sometime next year.

3. Read something GRAPHIC NOVEL/MAGNA
I need to get into more comics/graphic novels-ish. Maybe Saga, maybe Nimona, or We Are Okay. Whatever, I want to get into something in this section of books. Because I feel like an outsider. And I want to love it. I do.

4. Without You, by Colleen Hoover
Okay, I know. This is out like now. But... I think I'm going to wait for the Paperback. I've bought too many hardbacks recently. And I need to stop, else it'll become a problem.
But this, I don't know, maybe I'll cave... After Christmas... maybe.

5. THE TRIALS OF APOLLO trilogy, by Rick Riordan
THE ANTICIPATION IS REAL WITH THIS TRILOGY...
I don't know why, just no reason whatsoever!
Might be the covers... I don't know...
But everybody has been raving about this trilogy, so I thought I might give it a try!
Let me know in the comments if you have enjoyed this trilogy!


Those are kind of all the ones that I have so far!
I'll try and think of some more but those are the main ones for now.
Let me know if you think of any (that you think I might like).

So that is all I have for you today, I hope you have a wonderful day (or what's left of it for those of us in the UK)!
I will see you all on Wednesday!
Goodbye!

-Abi xxxxx

Friday, 6 October 2017

#SpookyQuilling Entry: Prompt 1

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And here is my first entry for the Spooky Quilling // A writing meme for those that love blood gore and the undead by Savannah @ The Book Prophet!
Please don't judge me for going to creepy, I can't help it!
You've been warned!
...Here it is!
(And I did manage 666 words!)

Oh, here's the prompt, as promised:
"For this prompt you have to write a spooky story about how the villain of a story – a story already in existence or of your own imagination – became the villain. This has to be 666 words (I know it’s hard but try and get it exact – you never know, it may bring you good luck)."

“The wind blows, I slide my hands into my pockets.
I hear a shrill echo of a scream, just a short distance away. Music to my ears.
It’s time. With a menacing glistening of teeth, I gave chase, my silent feet in time with my heartbeat. I could chase like this for hours.



It’s night, my favourite time of the day. More cover, less people. A lot more discrete. You can almost hear the crying of babies, the shuffling of wandering feet, lost, scared.

Shadows cover every facet of the street, buildings tall and daunting, just that little bit alive and crowded in the day, silent and wind-swept in the black night. There are the streetlights, but only give off a faint glimmer. I catch sight of my victim as she turns down an alley out of town. Perfect.



It’s pitch black. So dark I can’t even see my hand in front of my face. But I know this field well though. She’ll be in my sights soon enough.

I close my eyes, reach out with my senses, eyebrows raised, I stand, my breathing slowed almost into silence.



I hear a noise, a rustling. My eyes snap open and seeing a slight movement in the bushes, I make a beeline for it, no longer bothering about being quiet.

I scour the bushes for what I was looking for, tall, thin girl, long hair, nameless face etc etc.

And then I black-out, as a searing pain hits me in the back of the head.


* * * * *

I roll my sleeves up, tie up my boots.  

We’re in a small room, a table and chair, only a candle for light.

It’s old and secluded. No other buildings for miles.  

I have all my arsenal on the table to my right.


The door is locked, no escape.

Not for them anyway.


He’s tied up to a chair, unconscious.

Time to wake him up.

He’s going to wish he stayed asleep, when I’m done.

I reach for the adrenaline injection, and stride over. I place the knife on the table and inject the adrenaline into his neck. Not too strong though. Don’t want to kill him before I’ve ever started.

I sit on the table, legs crossed, knife in hand. Time to wait.


He comes to, all at once.  

I press my mouth to his ear.

“You won’t leave this room alive unless you tell me everything.”

And he screams and screams.


*

“I won’t tell you a god-damn thing, you sick FREAK!”

I throw three knives, my eyes unblinking. They miss him by a centimetre.

“Next time they’ll be on center. And you’ll be dead.”

My knife is at his throat.

“Or maybe I should just kill you now.”

He’s sweating now, breathing heavily.

But he looks me in the eye, I’ll give him that.

His eye bulging, he whispers. “Go ahead.”

Quick as a leopard, I plunge the needle into his neck.

He screams and screams, attempting to remove his restraints.

I grin, staring and staring.



*

“What have you done with her?”

At least he’s finally talking.

“Oh, she’s fine.” I try to keep my voice menacing and high, just waiting for him to tip. It’s only a matter of time.

“It’s your daughter you should be worried about.”

The look on his face, it’s like he’d kill me with my bare hands if given the chance.

“You sick fucker.”

And then I shoot him with my gun, and stalk out, the blood silently creeping down the walls.


*

I’m in the bushes, a short distance from the house.

I see the car, the man, the knock on the door.

Even though they can’t see me, I crouch down to my heels, now completely covered.

Though I’m far away, I can still see the pain on her face as she is told the news… the news of her husband.

Such a shame…


I turn and run, leaving the corpse town dead in my wake.”


So that was entry, let me know in the comments what you thought of my FIRST ATTEMPT AT HORROR.
Answer this in the comments: Is it a good thing to be good at writing horror?
(Not that I'm saying I'm good, I'm not).
But is it a good thing, to be good at scaring someone shitless?
Let me know!

Okay, so that was my post for today, I hope you have a great weekend, and I will see you all on Monday!
Byeeee!

-Abi xxxx

P.S.:- Here's the link back to the post, again, just in case:

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Halloween Meme Announcement

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And I wanted to talk to you about one thing: Memes.
Okay, two things: and Halloween.

So here it is:

This month, to get into the full spirit of Halloween, I will be participating in a meme, created by Savannah @The Book Prophet.

I will be participating in at least 2/5 the prompts this month, as I need to to be able to win the challenge. I am not in this to win, but for the love of Halloween and writing. (And also to see if I can write a creepy, dark story about twisted characters, because it seems fun).

In fact, you guys can participate as well!
This is aimed at bloggers, but you don't actually have to have a blog to participate. Once you apply, you'll be given an email or something, (I don't know all the details. but I'll link The Book Prophet at the bottom of the post.)

But, Halloween!

I don't know the closing date, but the first prompt was released yesterday, and there is a form talking about what your blog is (or whether you don't have one), so you can find out on the link to the blog (I will link it at the bottom).


There are some rules, but there aren't many!
Mostly just saying that:
  • You have to follow her blog.
  • You have to sign up so she knows who is participating.
  • You have to submit 2/5 for the prompts.
  • It's okay if the prompts are a few days late, but they need to be up for November 1st, because that's when they're being judged!
  • And to have fun!

As I said before, the first meme started yesterday. Letting you know now, I will be posting the first one up on Friday. I will be posting the prompt at the top of the post, so you can choose to read it or not!
Letting you know now!

And finally, here is the link to The Book Prophet, so you can see all the information I may have missed out:


So that was my Halloween Meme announcement post! I hope it was informative, and I hope you enjoyed it!
I will see you all on Friday with my first meme entry!
Byeeee!

-Abi xxxxx



Monday, 2 October 2017

October TBR (2017)

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And I can't believe there's only 12 weeks left of 2017!
Nevertheless, here's this month's TBR!
Here is my October TBR (2017)!


1. The Chemist, by Stephenie Meyer
Okay, I'm about 200 pages into this at the moment, and it's written so intricately that I have to be in the right head-space to get the full experience of this book. It's really really good, but because it isn't a genre I read much, it takes me a while to get into it. But something tells me this is going to be a good novel! Full thoughts on my wrap up!

2. One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns #2), by Kendare Blake
Although the UK edition has a different cover to the one that I've been seeing for months, it's still the same wonderful story that everyone has been raving about! As far as I know, this isn't the last book in the series, which is a wonderful thing, since that's what I've heard! I do not know anything other than that, but I am so excited to pick this up! This is about to be one explosive book!


3. The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave #2), by Rick Yancey
4. The Last Star (The 5th Wave #3), by Rick Yancey
My hope for these two is that, even though there are severely mixed and low reviews for the last two in this trilogy, that I can read these quickly and easily... so I can move on to what's next. But these two have just been on my shelf forever, which is why they are on my TBR for the month. Fingers crossed I enjoy them though!



5. The Crow Girl, by Erik Axl Sund

This is the book chosen for my local Waterstones' Bookclub for the month of October. Although I am unable to make it due to rehearsals, this one did sound rather interesting. It's a psychological thriller, which is a genre I've gotten quite interested in recently. In this story we follow a detective that is investigating a murder. Big surprise. But when they find two more almost duplicate conditions, they know a serial killer is on the hands. Working together with a psychiatrist, they uncover a number of shocking events that began decades ago- but will it lead them to the murder before time runs out? Yeah, it sounds kind of troppy, even for a thriller. But something about this book grabbed me- and it sounds okay. So I'll give it a try.
6. Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1), by Laini Taylor
It feels as though I've had this book on my TBR month after month since I've got it. And I've still yet to prioritise it and pick it up! I know I'm going to love this, and yet, I always seem to overlook it! I've heard amazing things about the first part of this series, but no more! I will read this book if it kills me! The shame is real with this one.
These are only the books that I specifically want to read this month. I'm tempted to start re-reading Skulduggery Pleasant again as well, especially during ReadbyZoe's 24 hour readathon on 14th October, so I might pick those up.
Also, I've decided to not try and read all of the books on my TBR shelf. I just don't have the time. I'm just going to read as much as I can, and be happy with that. Besides, I have all the time in the world to read what I want to read.


Right! So that was my October TBR (2017)! I hope you enjoyed it, and let me know in the comments what books are on your TBR for the month!
I hope you have a wonderful day and I will see you all on Wednesday!
Byeeee!

-Abi xxxxx





Friday, 29 September 2017

September Wrap Up (2017)

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And first I have to say something...
Sorry I haven't been posting! I'm now back at college and things have just been hectic this week!
But I promise, I will be back to posting three times a week!
Now, on to my September Wrap Up (2017)!


BOOKS
So, this month I surprised myself and read a total of 9 books!
Yeah... it's been a slow month... didn't have a lot to do...
So here are the books I read in the month of September!

1. The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins
Technically I didn't finish this during September, I finished it on the last day of August, when my wrap up had already been posted, so I'm including it in the September one (even though I didn't include it 9 books that I mentioned at the start of the post).
But I have to say, I flew through this book. And I can see why they made a (highly successful) film based on this book! The characters were well-written, and it raises the subject of an unreliable host very well! I loved the way the story unfolded, and the story was very easy to read!
I was actually thinking about maybe doing a book/film comparison post sometime in the future, so let me know in the comments if that is something you think you guys would be interested in!


I started this trilogy on the 1st September, and it took me maybe a week to soar right through this trilogy! There is no doubt in my mind that they are all going into my Favourite Books of 2017 post later on this year, because these characters, this world, and the story that Cassie Clare has carved through it all is beyond anything!


5. We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart
When I think of this book, the first thought that comes to mind is this is one hell of a strange and surreal book. And it is. It was captivating, and beautiful and it was strange and creepy and I am so happy that I took the time to pick it up because it did not take me long at all to finish it! I hope to read more of E. Lockhart's books in the future.


6. The Start of Me and You, by Emery Lord
Yet another contemporary! I added a lot of contemporaries this month because I don't really want to be reading them in October-December (the winter months). Which is why I added the book this month as well. And I am so happy I did.
I don't know what it is, but something about these characters, and QUIZBOWL, of all things, but I just loved this ensemble of characters. And I am so happy we're getting a second book.


7. Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1), by Cassandra Clare
I have to admit. It took me a while to get over the pretence and delve into this book, especially after the emotional trauma of TID. But this book, and the world and just everything, it's all so DENSE and COMPLEX that I can't help but love it!
All I can say was that I was able to finish Lady Midnight. It was a great start to a new trilogy and I can't wait to finish it next year! And anyone that hasn't picked it up yet, I urge you to read the start of the great new shadowhunter series!


8. The Sky Is Everywhere, by Jandy Nelson
This was not the right book to pick up after Lady Midnight. I got a book that left my heart hurting, it was so good. Like, it feel like it could have been a bit more polished at the start, but we all know that Jandy Nelson is an amazing author, and I know that she got better because I've read I'll Give You The Sun. But this book hit me. And it's definitely a contender for one of my favourites of the year. A possible review coming for you soon.


9. Warcross (Warcross #1), by Marie Lu
How do I even begin to describe this book?! I absolutely loved it. It was classic Marie Lu. And it was an amazing start to a new series. It takes place in a world that is obsessed with this game, Warcross. The main character is a bounty hunter, she finds people that are using this game illegally. And it pays a bit, but not much. But then, after a mistake for high stakes, she finds herself transported right in the middle of this game. But someone has a plot, and she is trying to discover it-and if she doesn't- GAME OVER.


10. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Play
I read this in about two days. And it was decent, it screamed nostalgia, but there was something almost random about it. I was aware of the mixed reviews, and I'm glad I've read it, but there was something off about it.
For those that have read this, what do you think?


TV SHOWS AND FILMS

I haven't exactly been watching that much.
Or at all.
Really, I haven't been, mostly because of my Anne Frank rehearsals, three days a week, as well as work.
Hopefully I'll get to watch more next month, especially as it is half-term some time next month.



WRITING
I have done some writing this month, just maybe not as much as I would have liked.
But, I find that I can't read loads, AND write loads. It seems I can only do one or the other.
Which is fine. I got about 20 pages done, I cleared 100, so I'm more or less halfway through at the moment, so it's looking positive.
Another post will be coming when I finish the second draft, which should be around February.


So that was my September Wrap Up (2017)! I hope you enjoyed it, and I apologise for being missing in action this week!
I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and I will see you all on Monday!
Byeeeee!
(Maybe comment what you are currently reading below, so we can share opinions).

-Abi xxxxxx