RYBSAT ROUND 10 TBR

 

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RYBSAT is a readathon co-ordinated by Miranda where the aim of the game is to  read your book shelf. This time I am venturing to a TBR stack instead of my bookshelf… but I am still counting it. This round the readathon will be going for 2 weeks from the 27th of March to the 10th of April.

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I am aiming to start from the top and work my way down the stack. There are 9 books here so I think I will be set over the two weeks.

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Are you going to participate in RYBSAT Round 10? What are you going to read? Let me know in the comments.

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

SEARCHING SATURDAY

 

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Searching Saturday is a new weekly meme created by Nikki at The Night is Dark and Full of Books! The aim is to search a book (or multiple books) that is new to you and fits the weekly theme. This could be a book to add to your TBR, or just to address on your blog. It’s up to you! You can search as many as you want, wherever you want.

This weeks topic is: Adult Books

 

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Room by Emma Donaghue

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The Witness by Nora Roberts

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A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

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Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

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Kiss of the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon

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What adult books do can you think of that you want to read? Do you prefer YA or Adult? Let me know in the comments.

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

COVER LUST FRIDAY

 

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Cover Lust Friday is a meme I have recently come across and it looked really fun. Cover Lust Friday is a weekly meme that’s all about covers. Alice from Alice Reeds is the host of this meme.

Pick a cover that stands out to you , add your reason why you’ve chosen that particular one or what you like about it. Let’s have fun and share some gorgeous covers.

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THE COVER:

 

 

ASH AND BRAMBLE

 

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THE REASON:

 

This fairytale retelling has a stunning cover. The girl running, the shoes, the thorns, the dress and the typography all work so well together and this cover really catches my eye.

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

BOOK TRAVELING THURSDAYS

 

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I have recently come across a Goodreads Group called Book Traveling Thursdays. The concept of this is that every Thursday there is a theme and the bloggers who participate in this group take that theme and pick a book that they associate with the theme. From this the bloggers find and post different covers of the book they have chosen.

If you wish to know more or join in please feel free to have a look at their Goodreads Page.

The theme for this week was:

 

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A BOOK WITH A POC MAIN CHARACTER

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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

 

 

ORIGINAL COVER:

 

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This is the original U.S. cover that I found.

 

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COVER IN MY COUNTRY (AUSTRALIA):

 

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I found that the original cover is the same cover in my country.

 

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FAVOURITE COVERS:

 

 

*The first cover is the Serbian cover. I love the simplicity of this cover. The hyacinth also plays a role in the book.

*The second cover is the Spanish cover. This is another simply done cover which seems to work with this book. The two speech bubbles are plausible with the plot of the book.

*The third cover is the U.S. / U.K. cover. The original cover is absolutely my favourite. I love how at first glance it looks simple but really, it is not, there is so much detail.

 

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LEAST FAVOURITE COVERS:

 

 

*The first cover is the Bulgarian cover. The main issue I have with this cover is the fact that the female main character is a POC, not a pale skinned girl with blond hair.

*The second cover is the Czech cover. The Czech cover looks too busy and almost tie-died. I am just not a fan.

*The third cover is the Dutch cover. This cover is simple but I don’t think the simplicity works in this case.

 

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As always I am happy to talk to anyone about this weeks theme and the chosen covers. I will be back next Thursday for another Book Travelling Thursdays Post.

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

 

TOP 5 WEDNESDAY

 

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This weekly book meme officiated in November 2013 and is still going stong! Every week there is a topic and your list will be based off this topic. For further information check out the Goodreads Page.

The theme this week is:

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FAVOURITE ANGSTY ROMANCES

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The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Elisa + Humberto

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The Selection by Kiera Cass

America + Maxon

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Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Rose + Dimitri

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Divergent by Veronica Roth 

Tris + Four

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City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Clary + Jace

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What is your favourite angsty romance?

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

REVIEW: SAILOR MOON VOL: 1

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PUBLISHER: Tokyopop

DATE PUBLISHED: 6th July 1992

PAGES: 200

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BLURB: 

One of the most-beloved of all Japanese manga titles, Naoko Takeuchi’s Sailor Moon has enthralled millions of readers worldwide since its debut in book form in early 1992. When Usagi Tsukino adopts a stray cat, she gets more than she bargains for The talking cat, Luna, informs Usagi that she is actually Sailor Moon, a magical princess from the future and protector of the Solar System. With the help of her new friends, the Sailor Scouts, and the mysterious Tuxedo Mask, Sailor Moon embarks on a quest to save us all from the evil powers of the Negaverse.

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REVIEW:

Sailor Moon is one of my favourite anime’s from my childhood. Therefore I absolutely had to read the manga that started this franchise. Volume 1 focuses on Usagi’s discovery that she is Sailor Moon, fighting evil by moonlight and introduces the Negaverse and the danger this holds in store for Earth.

So, Usagi’s character is dorky and geeky and extremely girly, which can be overwhelming but I do know her character will be balanced out by the other Sailor Scouts. The plot gave me serious nostalgia and I loved every minute of reading it. The artwork was stunning with the black and white drawings with the anime style characters. I am looking forward to continuing on this series in anime form.

🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

WAITING ON WEDNESDAY

 

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

SPOTLIGHT THIS WEEK:

 

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LUCKY IN LOVE BY KASIE WEST

 

LUCKY IN LOVE

 

PUBLISHER: Scholastic

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 25th July 2017

 

PAGES: 352

 

 

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BLURB:

 

Maddie doesn’t believe in luck. She’s all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment —

She wins!

In a flash, Maddie’s life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she’s talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun… until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now, Maddie isn’t sure who she can trust.

Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn’t seem aware of Maddie’s big news. And, for some reason, she doesn’t want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?

With tons of humor and heart, Kasie West delivers a million-dollar tale of winning, losing, and falling in love.

 

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I love Kasie West’s contemporary books and am looking forward to this one immensely.

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

BLOG TOUR: THE WOLF MIRROR

 

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Today I am a host for the Blog Tour of The Wolf Mirror by Caroline Healy. This Blog Tour is coordinated by Xpresso Book Tours.

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The Wolf Mirror
by Caroline Healy
Publication date: February 14th 2017
Genres: Historical, Romance, Young Adult

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BLURB: 

Changing places doesn’t always help you see things differently.

Cassie throws the first punch in a brawl at Winchester Abbey Girl’s School. Her subsequent suspension is a glitch in Cassie’s master plan; Finish School/Get Job/Leave Home (and never come back). As punishment her mother banishes her to Ludlow Park, their creepy ancestral home. In the dark of a stormy night Cassie finds herself transported to 1714, the beginning of the Georgian period.

With the help of a lady’s maid and an obnoxious gentleman, Mr Charles Stafford, Cassie must unravel the mysterious illness afflicting Lord Miller. If Lord Miller kicks the bucket the house goes to Reginald Huxley, the brainless cousin from London.

Cassie’s task is to figure out who is poisoning the Lord of Ludlow without exposing herself to the ridicule of her peers, getting herself committed to the asylum or worse, married off to the first man who will have her.

Cassie must learn to hold her tongue, keep her pride in check and reign in her rebellious nature – because the fate of her entire family, for generations, rests on her shoulders.

Meanwhile, Lady Cassandra Miller frantically searches for her smelling salts or her trusted governess Miss. Blythe, whose soothing advice she would dearly love. Instead Cassandra finds some woman and a boy squatting in the Ludlow mansion; her father, her lady’s maid and all the servants have magically disappeared.

Tell-a-vision, the In-her-net, horseless carriages and women wearing pantaloons; Cassandra is afraid that she might have inhaled fowl air causing her to temporarily lose her senses.

Only when both girls can get over their pride, societal prejudices and self-importance will they be able to return to their rightful century. Until then, they are free to wreak maximum damage on their respective centuries.

 

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REVIEW:

 

A freaky Friday type historical fiction about self growth. This is a quick story where a girl in the present day swaps places with a girl of the same name from 1714. This book is told in the first person from alternating perspectives of the two girls as they develop through the book searching for a way back to their own times and families. There is no real romance in this book, maybe some subtle hints of possible romance, rather the story followed the development of the two girls. The plot was intriguing and the pace was consistent through this quick read. I enjoyed the book as a YA historical fiction and think it would appeal to younger readers and fans of body switching books.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

 

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Caroline Healy is a writer and community arts facilitator. She recently completed her M.A. in Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre, Queen’s University. She alternates her time between procrastination and making art.

In 2012 her award winning short story collection A Stitch in Time was published by Doire Press. Fiction and commentary has been featured in publications across Ireland, the U.K. and more recently in the U.S. Caroline’s work can be found in journals such as Wordlegs,The Bohemyth, Short Story Ireland, Short Stop U.K., Five Stop Story, Prole, Literary Orphans and the Irish Writers’ Centre Lonely Voice

Her debut Y.A. novel, Blood Entwines was published by Bloomsbury Spark in August 2014 and she is in the process of writing the second book in the series, Blood Betrayal, as well as a short story collection, The House of Water.

She has a fondness for dark chocolate, cups of tea and winter woollies.

(More details can be found on her website http://www.carolinehealy.com)

Author links:
http://www.carolinehealy.com/
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8009261.Caroline_Healy

https://www.facebook.com/carolinehealy.fiction

 

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LINKS:

 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33521164-the-wolf-mirror

Purchase:
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1680464272/
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-wolf-mirror-caroline-healy/1125581575?ean=9781680464276
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-wolf-mirror/id1200276169?mt=11
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/the-wolf-mirror

 

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GIVEAWAY: 

 

Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)
$25 Amazon gift card

 

If you wish to enter this giveaway, click here.

 

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

TAG TUESDAY – SAILORS, SHIPS, AND SEAS TAG

 

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It’s Tuesday again and that means it’s time for another Tag Tuesday. This week I will be completing the “Sailors, Ships, and Seas’ tag. This tag was created by Owlcrate.

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PIRATE SHIP:

Your favourite “ship”

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The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Adhieh

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Sharazad and Khalid are my top fictional OTP at this time. I love that both characters have layers and ulterior motives. This is truly a hate to love relationship.

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HIDDEN TREASURE:

Your favourite under hyped book

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Finding Paradise by V.P. Ortiz

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I feel like this book really is a hidden treasure. I cannot promote this book enough. It is a contemporary, coming-of-age story in the tropical paradise of Hawaii.

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SAIL THE SEVEN SEAS:

Your favourite journey in YA

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The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen 

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The journey Kelsea makes to her throne is a thrilling and enjoyable one to read about.

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X MARKS THE SPOT:

Your favourite fictional place you’d like to find

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

 

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I feel like it might be an obvious answer, but Hogwarts!

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WALK THE PLANK:

Which character would you make walk the plank

 

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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I’ve only read the first two books in The Lunar Chronicles and I must say that Lavana needs to walk the plank!

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TREASURE MAP:

Your favourite book map

 

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The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine

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I really like this map… it is really detailed and intricate and looks stunning.

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KRAKEN:

Your favourite mythological creature

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Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

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Fae are one of my favourite mythological characters.

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SCALLYWAG:

Your favourite mischievous character

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My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

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G is such a fun character that I feel is mischievous in nature.

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I’m really loving this new feature with Owlcrate where they are creating Tags to go with their monthly themes. If you wish to complete this tag as well, than I tag you!

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

MOVIE REVIEW: HIDDEN FIGURES

 

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RELEASE DATE: 6th January 2017

 

RUNNING TIME: 2 hours 7 minutes

 

 

 

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The story of a team of African-American women mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the US space program.

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REVIEW:

 

This movie is based around the U.S space race with a focus on black rights and segregation that was prominent in that time. I did not know that there were African American women in NASA and found this to be such an interesting element of American history that I was unaware of. This is a character driven movie and the three main actresses were amazing in their roles and really drove the movie. Hidden Figures highlights the issues with segregation during the space race and the important role African American women played in the race to space. This is a movie of empowerment and acknowledges overlooked individuals in NASA at the time. This is an important movie about a topic that needs to be seen.

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati