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Book Review : Book of Shadows by Cate Tiernan

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Hello Creatures !!

It’s a book review kind of day ! And today I am going to be reviewing the first book in the “Sweep” series by Cate Tiernan. Let me tell something about this author. I think she is very unappreciated ! Her books aren’t really life changing or anything but they are very entertaining and a very fast read! But I’ll get more into that, lets begin!

Author: Cate Tiernan

Genre: YA paranormal

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Format: 3 book bind up, softcover

Rating: 5 stars

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Synopsis

Something is happening to me that I don’t understand.

I see things, feel things in a new way. I can do things normal people can’t do. Powerful things. Magical things. It scares me.

I never chose to learn witchcraft. But I’m starting to wonder if witchcraft is choosing me.

My Experience

Now this is a re read for me, and I think this was really the second or third series I read after Divergent when I was fresh back into reading, and back then I loved this book, and I’m glad to say I still do.

Though there’s not anything life changing or eye opening this book is so so so entertaining. And for me thats why I read. I do think this book is very different from anything I’ve read to this day, and I haven’t found anything like it or since, so it does have the unique factor. I haven’t seen much books about Wicca, about witches? Yes but Wicca itself as a religion and culture is something fresh to me. I don’t know a whole lot about Wicca but Tiernan is from New Orleans and they know a lot about it down there so based on that I would think her information might exaggerated but based off of real fact. But again not 100% so don’t quote me, I’m just assuming.81-Q3JD3XGL

This book is written in a way that makes it such a easy and fast read. I am typically a slow reader, and not in the way where I don’t find the time, I mean the average person will read 70-100 pages in an hour, well I’ll read 50-70. So in general I am a slow reader. But I literally zip through this book and I love that. Also as I’m just whizzing through I enjoy every bit of the book theres no part where I lose interest or I think it’s too slow I just enjoy and take in every chapter, every page and thats a really such a nice feeling when reading.  And it’s kinda even weird for me because this book isn’t typically what I read or would enjoy. It is very much paranormal but also very much on the contemporary side, at least the first book so far.

The writing itself is very beautiful and flows very nicely, however it’s not as lyrically beautiful as it is scenery beautiful. There are some quotes in this book I’d get tattooed but for the most part I find Tiernan really knows how to set the background. The way she describes the Autumn leaves falling to the ground with a mix of reds and greens it makes it so vivid and just gorgeous.

As much as I love the setting I really love these characters. Although I will warn you they can be very troby and cliche but, oh my god I love them. Morgan is just such a well thought out young girl and I related to her in a lot of ways, I’m not going to say because spoilers but I just feel where she is coming from. Not to mention she is a very strong young women and some of  the things she does is a great example for other young girls. The group of people Morgan surrounds herself with is very diverse. From the pot head, to the jock all the way to the goth chick, any teenager would fit into that group and in a way it makes the reader feel accepted and puts you more into the story.

That is one thing this book has a lot of is diversity. From a gay aunt to the different cultures within her friends and school. I really like seeing that. It’s not done in a way where it’s just flashing lights and making it obvious that these characters are different, which I find when books do that it still singles out those who are different. This book does it very settle and it makes being gay, or from a different part of the world normal and I love that.

The plot in the first book is really more just setting up for the following books but again completely enjoyable. Living Morgan’s life everyday, even thought it’s just the normal teenage life, is still very entertaining.

This book is very cliche, theres instalove and the famous “flat chest, not too ugly but not too pretty” main character. But I don’t know why guys but I am trash for this series. I thought for sure the second time I might cringe at the trobes but nope, I’m still strongly trash for it ! Haha. It’s a fun escape and just entertaining for me and I really enjoy it. Because of this book I have picked up many other books by Tiernan and she is one of my favourite authors, and if this book/series doesn’t sound like something you would like but you want to try her as an author comment and I will give you the other series of hers I have loved. I would really love to see her become a well known author in the YA world.

I gave this book 4 stars only because theres nothing really overly intense that happens. And although enjoyable plot wise it’s just being set up.

I hope you have enjoyed this review, comment down below if you have read anything by this author !

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Shi

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Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday : Favourite Minor Characters

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Hello Creatures !

Welcome to May 24th ! Yesterday was my birthday, but I spent it at the vets thats almost 2 hours away so I mean it was nice to go to another city check out different reading spots and book shops, but obviously very nerve racking because my fur baby is still recovering. Anyways today is Wednesday and that means this post is another Top 5 Wednesday !! If you don’t know what Top 5 Wednesday is I will leave a link to the Goodreads group for info and topics. This weeks topic is your favourite minor characters. So for every person this will vary, depending on what you consider a minor character, so some characters I mention you might not see as a minor character, and thats okay, but I do. Let get into it ! This is in no particular order.

1. Calpurnia from the book To Kill a Mockingbird. I really love her. She is the children\s nanny/care taker/ maid and her spunk and guidance is very beautiful and I think she makes such a good character.

2. Teka from Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth. I loved Teka she’s very sassy,  and shes not a chick you want to mess with. I loved the humor and personality she brought to the book.

3. Despina from The Wrath and the Dawn. I loved Despina her leadership and her ability to take problems on with no stress and just right away find solutions to problems.

4. Raven from the sweep series by Cate Tiernan. Raven is the school goth who doesn’t give a rats ass about what people say or think of her and I always love when book give that example to young girls. To not care about what others think.

5. The Tinman from the Wizard of Oz. His story unlike the movie version is so sad and just kinda shocking and I loved that aspect of the book.

I hope you enjoyed these choices and as always link your T5W so I can check them out !!

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The New Disney Princess Book Tag

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Hello Creatures !!

Hope everyone is well ! Okay, so I haven’t been good at keeping up with tags so today is a dent in the list of tags I have to do, haha. On that note if you have tagged me in a tag before May, please comment what one it was. I lost my list of tags and the tag I found today I think is the oldest I was tagged in. Okay so back to the point. Today I am doing “The New Disney Book Tag” tag. I was tagged by the lovely Jessica Marie go give her all the love, and lets get into it.

Rules

  • Mention where you saw the tag/thanked whoever tagged you
  • Tag Zuky and Mandy (creators)  so they can see your princess love !
  • Play a game of tag at the end

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Snow White

This book (like the movie) started it all : Favourite debut book from an author 

Divergent by Veronica Roth. Surprise ! This series started it all, this blog wouldn’t be a thing if it wasn’t for that series. And it was her first ever book.

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Cinderella

Diamond in the rough, just like Cinderella, you either didn’t expect much out of this character in the beginning, but they turned out to be a total gem. 

Emma, form Miss Peregrines. At first she gave off the snobby love interest vibe but as the books went on I found myself very closely relating to her and I grew very attached to her. She was a very nice surprise for me.

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Aurora

Sleeping Beauty: a book that makes you sleepy or just could not hold your attention. 

The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern. This book from everyone I follow is very well loved. However I barely made it through this book. I thought it was so boring and just underwhelming. With that I started finding other reviews that has the same opinions as myself and so it’s one of those books you rather love or hate.

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Ariel

A book with a water/ocean setting. 

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth. I have found out that there are very little books that I have read that have to do with the water. And so Carve the Mark doesn’t completely take place in water they do travel to a planet with lots of water.

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Belle

Beauty and the books, name a book with best book lover/ bookworm 

Chubs from The Darkest Minds Trilogy. I loved that Chubs even in the middle of a war found joy in finding books to read a long the way.

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 Jasmine

The thief and the princess : name a book with an unlikely love story (either in term of romance, or a book you didn’t expect to love so much ) 

The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Adieh. I didn’t expect to love this book, but did I ever !

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Pocahontas

The real life princess : name a book that is based on a real life person you want to read/have read. 

The Tattoo Chronicles by Kat Von D. If you aren’t sure of who that is, she is a very well known tattoo artist. She holds a special place in my heart because she was the first female tattoo artist I saw and made me realize that women can make it in the tattoo world. This book is a journal she kept and it gets very personal with her struggles. I recommend it to anyone and everyone.

 Mulan

The princess that saved her country : Name the fiercest heroine you know.

Tris Prior from Divergent. I loved Tris. Even though some her decisions are made because she’s looking for death, she still made sure it was always for the greater good. If that makes sense.

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Tiana

The Princess with the coolest and most diverse crew: name a diverse book whether its a diverse set of characters (likw Tiana’s group of Naveen, Louis, Ray, and more) or just diverse in general. 

Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan. In this book we have people of different race, sexuality and it is truly a very diverse book with characters from everywhere.

Rapunzel

Let your longggg hair down: The longest book you’ve ever read

Winter by Marissa Meyer. This book I believe is 800ish pages long.

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Merida

I Determine my own fate: a book where there is no love story/interest or isn’t needed. 

I’ve always loved a hint of romance so I don’t really have an answer for this one.

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Anna/Elsa

Frozen hearts: a book in winter / cold setter. 

Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King By William Joyce . This book takes place at the north pole and is very cute story as well.

Moana

How far I’ll go : a character that goes on a journey. 

Alyssa from Splintered by AG Howard. She travels to whole new world in wonderland.

Tag you’re it

Jasmine – How Useful It Is

Rachel – Journal of a Bibliophile

Donna – Moms Book Collection

Tiana – The Book Raven

And anyone else wishing to do this tag, then you’re it !

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Book Review : Carve The Mark by Veronica Roth

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***DISCLAIMER…… I am AWARE of the claimed problems in this book. I know and understand the problems, this will not have an effect in how I rate it, because people can still enjoy books that have issues. I will NOT be touching on my thoughts and will be leaving Roth’s response to the claims linked here.*****

Hello Creatures!

Well the day has finally freaking came. I have finished probably my most anticipated read of 2017! As everyone probably knows by now the Divergent trilogy is my all time favourite. So when Veronica Roth released the date of release for her new duolgy I pre ordered that book like no tomorrow. And that book was “Carve the Mark”. Well I finished it ! And so today will be the review for “Carve the Mark” by Veronica Roth.

Author: Veronica Roth

Genre: YA Sci-Fi

Series: Carve The Mark

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 4.5

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Synopsis

In a galaxy powered by the current, everyone has a gift.

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power — something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is the son of a farmer and an oracle from the frozen nation-planet of Thuvhe. Protected by his unusual currentgift, Akos is generous in spirit, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get this brother out alive — no matter what the cost.
The Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, and the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. Will they help each other to survive, or will they destroy one another?

Carve the Mark is Veronica Roth’s stunning portrayal of the power of friendship — and love — in a galaxy filled with unexpected gifts.

My Experience

Okay ! Lets start a very argumentative review shall we? Now for the record all opinions are based off of this book not my love for Divergent. This is a different book and for me this was the book that was gonna make or break the relationship between me and Veronica. And as much hate as I might get for this….. it totally made the relationship. I loved this book. I am not going to apologize for liking it, I am allowed to do so. However I will quickly say that I get it, I get why people won’t pick it up, I get the hurt and all that around it but in the end I am still allowed to love it, knowing it has it’s problems.

With that out of the way lets just touch base on some of the things I loved. I didn’t find a lot of trobes in this book which was so refreshing. The romance starts off of friendship first which is just unknown is YA these days. And also there is mention of normal female functions. Yes we hear about periods and pimples in this book, that made me so excited. The amount of badass female leads we see, yet we hear nothing of periods and normal female functions? So that was something that was such a nice touch.

This book starts, and within the second chapter you just get tossed into all this action and you are already at the edge of your seat. I loved that but it does slow down and lose the pace a bit which was a little interest losing but it does get gained back and hell does rise over again, haha. But for that slow moment I did end up taking a half star off  of the rating, I thought this book was very different from any I have read. It was all around just a big gulp of fresh air.

Another thing this book really possess is amazing characters. Almost all characters have such depth to them and they all have there stories and backgrounds. I really related to Cyra, on many many levels and I just love when you have that connection with a character. I also did relate to Ako’s to which was cool I have never really connected with two characters in a book before. Roth’s characters skill are no doubt kick ass as the growth in both Cyra and Akos is just amazing. I love their story both as a couple and as single units. The awesome leads aren’t where it stops though, even the villains in this book are so dimensional and there is so much to them.

The writing of the book was gorgeous. Roth has a way of writing and wording things that makes it almost lyrical. Her writing always has a way of speaking to me and it just hits me very deeply and I think that is a big part of the reason I have such a attachment to Roth.  And much like Divergent I found myself reading this in a time I really needed it. The quotes and writing, and emotion of this book really helped pick my mental state back up again .It really is super super beautiful and always adds the the story.

Horrible. Was that what life was? I had never put a word to it. Pain had a way of breaking time down. I thought about the next minute, the next hour. There wasn’t enough space in my mind to put all those pieces together. To find words to summarize the whole of it. But the “keep going” part, I knew the words for. “Find another reason to go on” I said.  It doesn’t have to be a good one, or a noble one. It just has to be a reason

I thought this book was very unpredictable. The things I thought were going to happen never did and you just get tossed around from twist to turn and it’s awesome when a book doesn’t go to your plan. After the slow parts you get get hit with thing after thing and the ending of this book is unbelievable!

I loved the adventure I was taken on in this book, and I will with no doubt be picking up the second book. I am really glad this book worked out because I didn’t want Veronica Roth to be a one hit wonder for my shelves. I love, love, love her writing. I would get all the quotes tattooed on me but of course I will not. I loved the story  that was told in these pages and I just think it was what I needed from the past crappy months.

And when I finally named it, I found it was something very simple; the desire to live

I really recommend picking this book up even though it is problematic. I think even acknowledging those problems this book is still a big step for women between period talk to the lesson of never giving in to gender roles and living under the beck and call of a man, it’s a good lesson. And remember it is okay to want to read a problematic book, it’s even okay to like it. Just always know the problems and understand them. 

I really hope you liked this review. Let me know if you picked up this book and what you thought. However that doesn’t mean leave a comment telling me how horrible I am for liking this book. Haha I hope everyone is well and happy reading !

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Shi

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Top 5 Wednesday : Summer Reads

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Hello Creatures !

It’s Wednesday, that means it’s another Top 5 Wednesday. If you don’t know what Top 5 Wednesday is I will leave a link to the Goodreads group for topics and info. Today’s topic is “Summer Reads”. But not as in a TBR summer reads but books that make you think of summer and books that are a essential summer reads. These are in no particular order. Lets go !

1. The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys by Gerard Waykilljoys-cover

This book is a graphic novel and it is full of beautiful landscape and bright colours. This is such a good story and with the setting of the desert and the sunset in this, man it takes you right to summer.

2. Divergent by Veronica Roth 

For me this is all personal experience. The first time I ever read Divergent  was when I was on summer vacation, so that book brings me back to the cottage where it was all campfires, beaches and it’s really when my recovery started, so this book I just associate with summer.

3. Cut by Patrica McCormick 

Again this is all on association because this book is about self harm. And the summer is really when I was recovering from self harm and so this book takes me back to the feeling of healing which took place over a summer. Not to mention it is a nice short and sweet contemporaneity I would highly recommend.

4. In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

This book is a mystery/suspense which I know a lot of people seem to think not as summer reads, but this takes place in a cabin and even though it’s winter for whatever crazy reason it made me think of summer. I don’t know my mind’s weird, just go with it ! hahah

5. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Obviously thi715VLP6M-OLs book is a must in the summer. As hard hitting as it can be with the serious issue it takes on, it is still such a good summer read. The whole book really takes place over the summer and it puts you in the mind set of bright skies and a small town setting, which for me is what summer looks like.

Well, that’s it for my T5W. Let me know your thoughts and what you would have picked. Or link me to your T5W.

Happy reading hope your week has been good !

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Tattooed Inspired: Ouija by Katherine Turner

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Hello Creatures !

I have slacked a little on the “Tattooed Inspired” series but that ends here. Today I have another one coming at you ! If you are new as usual I am a part time tattoo artist, and “Tattooed Inspired” is a series on my blog where I show you guys tattoo designs I have designed inspired by books or reading. Sometimes it’s a very emotional inspiration, other times it just strictly imagery that inspired me.

The book I am going to be revering to today is “Ouija” by Katherine Turner. I read Ouija back in October and I thought it was a great Halloween, spooky read. It was really fun and very fast to read. Now some might think I’m crazy with what I am about to say next but I am someone who is very in touch and interested with spiritual things. I believe in ghost/spirits/entities. And I really do enjoy learning about it all. But I will get back to that after right now to the art !

I was really inspired by this book because I love the to the Ouija bored. I think it is so beautiful and I just like the look of it. Well thats pretty much where I got the inspiration for the design from. The quote “Voices of the dead” was more from the book. In this book they talk to a lot of ghost and a lot of them are lying and saying they are someone else, however these ghost still have stories and things they want to say. So the bored doesn’t tell the truth but it is still a way for the dead to have there voices heard.

I did this design in neo-traditional which is my favourite style to do. I  added some pointillism in just to help the shading pop.  I really enjoyed the detail description of the board in this book so I did the actual  the way I pictured it in the book.

I do have some disclaimers though. I am someone who has a lot of knowledge on these boards. My ex grew up with a mom who was a gypsy and was very practiced with these boards and tarot cards and all things like that, so we knew how to do one safely. Now dispute the movies and stories you see on the internet these boards aren’t gonna summon Satan the second they are opened. Much like any other device used to contact dead souls there is  a chance you could contact and evil being. But there are signs for it before it happens. But for the sake of my follows please stay away from these if you do not know anything about them. Also google doesn’t tell the whole truth on these either so read a book on it first.

I don’t take these broads as seriously as the world does, I am not scared of them and I do have one. But I do not think someone should try one either unless educated.

This was a really fun read and supper fun design I just love doing Ouija designs. I hope you guys enjoyed this and I hope to see you again ! Let me down below what you thought of this designs,let me know if you have ever read the book, and tell me are you scared of Ouija broads?

Tattooed Inspired Posts

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Sweep by Cate Tiernan

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Book Review : Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

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Hello Creatures !

It’s that time. A book review is coming at you ! Today’s review is on “Milk and Honey” by Rupi Kaur. This is a poetry collection, out of all my new years bookish resolutions reading more poetry seems to be the one I have been really succeeding at which is better then not succeeding at any ! Haha, lets just get into it !

Title: Milk and Honey

Author: Rupi Kaur

Genre: Poetry

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

Rating : 2.5/3 Stars

Synopsis

Milk and HoneyI  is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity.

The book is divided into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache. Milk and Honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.

My Experience

Well folks, this book really has me stumped on a rating. I am currently going back and fourth because I do have issues with it and I think there is somethings th9781449474256_p0_v11_s1200x630at should have been broadened in order to really relate to every female because this book is marketed to be about femininity.  So I just I am stuck, but lets just go more into depth.

This book is sectioned into four parts, “The Hurting, The Loving, The Breaking, and The Healing.” I really super enjoyed the last two parts (breaking and healing) especially fresh out of a break up,  I thought these were very well represented with the poems that were in them and I found myself in awe and times because Kaur just captures perfectly the emotion of situations. I was touched by how hard hitting the healing part was rather it was a break up healing or a self finding healing I thought it was perfect. From both these sections it’s impossible for me to pick a favourite poem, but as for the other two sections I kinda had problems with.

I think these poems are still well done I thought that they were too pin pointed. It talks a lot about daddy issues and such but doesn’t mention mom issues. I think it’s important if you are going to touch on parental issues to include both. Not every female has daddy issues and the fact this book really only talks about that, it kind of encourages the stigma that women who have been through a lot, started with daddy issues. And I don’t think thats fair to the good dads out there that rises a child on the own because mom issues exists they just aren’t voiced.

I also really had problems with the way this book portrays sex. It made it sound like the women’s body is just that. And considering this book is being marketed as feminism isn’t really the right direction to take. It does have a lot of encouraging things about the female body such as body hair and if you want then work it. I think those moments are great but as far as sex coverage I didn’t really care for that.

Another thing I noticed was the section that talks a lot about break ups has all male and female relationship. There isn’t any lesbian coverage. There is poems for women of colour, different size why not not sexuality. I think that’s what really knocked stars off for me. It’s important to include that if you are marketing this book to women.

Now this is where me is779d9905c729e960806f9f7e46b6c203sues come in. This book is equivalent to Kaur’s dairy. These are all personal poems of her life. And because of that I think it doesn’t make covered issues that big of a deal. I personally think it’s the fault of the marketing. I think this should have been more spoken of a personal poem collection about  these topics minus the femininity. But because it’s marketed how it is there should have been more female to female relationships along with issues females have with both parents.

I still did enjoy the book, if you can bypass said issues then I would recommend it. All in all I am really stuck on rating I’m in between a 2.5 and 3 star rating.

I hope you enjoyed this review ! As always if you have read this book let me know what you thought on it and of course if you have a review of it link that baby in the comments I would really love to see your thoughts.

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