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  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
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    A Must Read for 2018

    Children of Blood and Bone not only made me cry at the end, but it managed to expertly tell a story where I was invested in the story and its characters. This was one of my most anticipated reads for 2018 and it did not disappoint at all.

    I was so shocked when I was sent an ARC, I literally almost happy cried as much as when I was teary eyed with sadness when I finished the story. I even did a livetweet reading of Children of Blood and Bone which you can view by clicking the link here. You can also read my immediate thoughts from a very tired Joel at 5:21am after reading here.

    I have no doubt in my mind that next to Strange the Dreamer and Six of Crows, Children of Blood and Bone sits as one of my favourite books of all time. Read More

  • Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao
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    Evil Queens Reign Forever

    I took pleasure in consuming the story of Xifeng and her ascension to the Imperial Palace. The interest I took in court intrigue, the world and the rivalry between the concubines was enough to keep me reading. The prose was beautiful and captivating, it was SO ELEGANT!! The descriptions of the many parts of the Imperial Palace and the Great Forest were so appealing and beautiful, I loved the world that I was exploring.

    A fair warning to say however that this story isn’t for the faint hearted as there are a few graphic descriptions within the story. However, they helped paint a vivid image in my mind, no matter how disturbing it might’ve been! Let’s just hope no one wants to come after my heart for some lifeblood. Read More

  • A Year Of Creativity
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    2018 Goals & January TBR

    Hey everyone! It has been a while since I’ve posted on the blog and I’d like to start by apologizing. I became unexpectedly busy for the last two months of the year and there was a lot for me to get done.

    But now it’s January 2018, a time for people to reflect and make plans for themselves over the next year. As someone who always seeks ways of self-improvement, I find New Years Resolutions to be an exciting time because I make goals in alignment with who I want to become by the end of the year.

    Whilst I’m thrilled to finally have 2018 here, I first want to take the opportunity to reflect upon 2017 because it was one of the most challenging years of my life. Read More

  • Wunderkids Part 1 by Jacqueline Silvester
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    YA Costumes that are already in your closet!

    Hey everyone! This is my first Blog Tour that I’m on and I’m so excited to be sharing Jacqueline Silvester’s latest release of Wunderkids, Part One of Wildwood Academy. On this day of the Blog Tour, Jacqueline and I have both teamed up to figure out some awesome and easy YA costumes that you can easily put together for any Halloween bash. There is a part of the novel where there is a big Halloween party, and it mostly inspired this list if there were to be a Halloween Party for YA bookworms. Most of the stuff you should already have in your wardrobes or they’re very inexpensive to buy in shops! Read More

  • NaNoWriMo 101
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    The Basics of NaNoWriMo

    After posting the question in one of my Instagram stories, you decided that you'd love to see a post explaining NaNoWriMo with some of the basics of it! I've had so much fun participating in NaNoWriMo since 2013 and it's definitely been one of the most productive times of the year in terms of writing.

    NaNoWriMo or (Na)tional (No)vel (Wri)ting (Mo)nth is a 30-day challenge where participants aim to write 50,000 words in the month of November. Statistically, that's 1,667 words a day! If you're under the age of 13, you can also join the Young People's NaNoWriMo where you can set your own word count! On the other hand, Camp NaNoWriMo is where you can set your own word counts, but this is during the months of April and July. For this post, we'll be focusing a bit more on November's NaNoWriMo. Read More

  • Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh
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    A Warrior Is Never Weak

    Flame in the Mist had so much potential, but I think between a plot that didn't engross me until the final third and a handful of bland characters (they aren't food, Joel), it failed to meet my hopes for the story.

    It was still a good read though, don't get me wrong. Ahdieh's descriptive prose painted wonderful pictures in my mind of the beautiful forests in Feudal Japan and I loved some of the characters. But, I definitely believe that Flame in the Mist could've been better.

    Also, I believe that this book was wrongly advertised as a Mulan retelling as the only similarities that Mariko and Mulan have is that they both dressed as men for a short while, their motivations were also about family but for completely different reasons. For Mariko, it was about honour but for Mulan, it was protecting her ill father from going to war. However, you can definitely tell it was inspired by Mulan. Mulan is my favourite disney film and I was so excited to read Flame in the Mist, but it just didn't work out for us in the end. Read More

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