#AceofShades #Doves Book Tag

Kathryn from Nose Stuck in a Book did this book tag and I thought it would be a fun tag to do!

1. Ace of Shades takes place in the very mysterious, very dangerous City of Sin. Name a fictional city with a personality of its own!

The Londons in the Shades of Magic Trilogy. These worlds have a personality of their own… White London, Grey London, Red London…

234371562. The City of Sin is home to three ruthless gangs: the Irons, the Scarhands, and the Doves. Tell us about your favorite fictional criminal character/family/group!

The Six of Crows duology has, in my opinion, some of the best criminal characters. They run their business in Ketterdam and Kaz Brekker is THE criminal mastermind. He is clever, sassy and merciless. Love him!

3. Enne and Levi are about to be thrown into a deadly game… Name your favorite book in which the characters must play with, and for, their lives.

One of the recent reads where the characters had to play with their lives with potentially deadly consequences is Caraval. You never know what is real and what is not, or where the lines are drawn. Could also think of The Maze Runner as they literally had to run for their lives. Have you seen the latest movie instalment?

4. The Doves are a gang of assassins… What book you’d kill to have in your hands right now?

Right now? Obsidio by Amy Kaufmann and Jay Kristoff. I am not sure how I can pace myself until March!

5. The City of Sin is full of people with dark and complicated pasts. Name one book or book series you used to like, but don’t anymore.

Can’t really think of anything as I used to read classics in highschool, only recently started reading YA fantasy so quite difficult to say that with passage of time, I stopped liking certain books.

6. With complicated pasts abound, we can find many… burnt cinnamon rolls, so to Screenshot_20180131-205917.pngspeak. Name a character that has prickly and tough exterior, but is actually a sweetheart deep down!

I would go for Rose Hathaway from the Vampire Academy series. She always acts really tough as tried to be strong for Lissa, but often she is suffering on the inside. Going back to the Six of Crows, I’d add Kaz on this as well, because although he is a criminal mastermind, he does care about his crew!

7. Not only anti-heroes live in the Ace of Shades world! In New Reynes, one can find plenty of villains as well. Which bookish character do you just love to hate?

My favourite villain is and forever will be Harley Quinn from the comic books. Nobody will be on par with her! Ever!

8. You, much like our main character Enne’s mother, went missing in the City of Sin.IMG_20180119_172817_783.jpg The main character from the last book you read is the one looking for you… How screwed are you?

Not screwed as I’ll have have Merry and Leo from The Witch’s Kiss trilogy to kick ass and save the day! They would seriously turn the world upside down to either save me or kill me (depending on why they were looking for me).

I invite you to do this tag if you want. I’d love it if you’d let me know so I can see your answers! Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!

Xoxo

Jane.

Top 6 Favourite books I’ve read in 2017

… because I could not reduce it to top five no matter how I looked at it, so this is the besthangover-maths-gif of the best that I’ve read in 2017. Overall, I had a pretty good year in reading. Since starting bookstagram I had been a lot more careful with my reading choices than in the first half of the year when I was reading mainly romance.

I will do a December and yearly wrap-up in the nest few days and add a few stats as well because… why not?!

So the top 6 books I read are, in no particular order:

7094569Feed (Newsflesh #1) by Mira Grant. I feel like I am repeating myself, but I LOVE ZOMBIE BOOKS! I’ve had my eyes out for this book for quite some time, so when I found it for cheap, I had to buy it. It did not disappoint me at all. I got all the action, character development and zombie extravaganza to keep me happy and hooked it. I really loved the intrigue/mystery feel to it as well, so for me it was a solid 5/5 stars. Can’t wait to pick up the sequel: Deadline.

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Bird Box by Josh Malerman. This book was on my list of most surprising books of 2017 as I was expecting it to be ok, not AMAZING! This book was incredible. I cannot talk too much about it without spoiling it, but if you get a chance to read this book, please give it a chance. It did not disappoint me at all. Personally, it was a feast.

22841994Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) by J.K. Rowling. I am very late in joining the bandwagon for Harry Potter, but it’s never too late, is it? I am in love with this book and I am wondering why I haven’t picked it up so far. Definitely a series I’d be looking at finishing this year.

Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh Bardugo was incredible. Out of 23437156this world. Fantastic. I loved every damn minute of it. Kaz and Inej are my favourite characters and their backstories are done sooooo well. Hell! the whole crew is fantastic! Loved it from start to finish. I need to buy Crooked Kingdom and I am set for life. A little bit worried that it’ll not be as good? Yes, but I need these characters in my life again, so I am reading it.

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A monster calls by Patrick Ness was one of those books that make your heart to bleed for the characters. Beautifully written and in point, with characters that come to life from the page, and a monster to show the way, A monster calls is the book I would recommend you read, now! Can’t wait to see the movie now.

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Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff wrote a beautiful book. I am just over the moon in love with this book. I read this book in 2 days, and it’s not a small book either. I don’t even like Science Fiction in general, I find them confusing and pompous, but this book was incredible. The writing was great, the characters were alive, and the format was actually brilliant. The format worried me the most as I haven’t had a good history with books consisting of messages and emails (Fifty shades anyone?), but it was amazing, enhancing the reading experience rather than hindering it.

So what have you read that blew your socks off in 2017. Any of these on your lists? Anything you can recommend for me to read in 2018?

Lots of Love,

Jane.

 

November TBR and Mid-November Check-In

Hi guys! It seems to that I am trying to catch-up with things, but I am finally updating you on what I have planned to read this November, but since it is already mid-November I thought it would be a good idea to also update you with where I am with my reading progress as well. I have managed, so far, not to derail and only to read from this list. I kept it a lot shorter, although the books are a lot thicker, and I am still struggling with time as I am working on my Doctorate application so… Like I shouldn’t even be doing this right now, but procrastinating like a boss!

*Does anyone know where I can buy some more time? There aren’t enough hours in the day!*

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These amazing hardbacks were featured in the Fairyloot boxes across different months. Aren’t they beautiful?

I am happy to say that I have already read Caraval by Stephenie Garber. I really liked this book, I gave it ⭐⭐⭐⭐. Although it was slow to start, it definitely delivered. I am really looking forward to read Legendary. I am now reading Wicked like a Wildfire by Lana Popovic. This has a similar pacing with a slow burn beginning, but once things pick up they do. I am anticipating this will be another 4 star read, but since I have not finished reading it yet…

I am then thinking of reading either Six of Crows or Percy Jackson. I haven’t yet decided, but I do need a change of pace before jumping into Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett. I have a few more books which are slow-burners in the background that I am hoping to read here and there, but not even I know how much time I will have.

What are you guys reading this month? Do you like whimsical, magical books, or do you prefer fast-paced novels?

In December I am planning to read cute novels, preferably with a Christmas or romantic theme, do you have any recommendations?

Xoxo

Jane.

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