{#TBT} The Inheritance Cycle

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Back in ye olde days of middle school, I was obsessed with fantasy. I still am but I realized that there were lots of other great books in other genres. A really great series that enjoyed was The Inheritance Cycle. I loved this series on account of many reasons (in no particular order):

  1. It’s a fantasy series (I already explained that)

  2. Christopher Paolini
    It’s not every day you find a fantasy series where the writer began when he was 15 years old. DUDE I WANT TO BE YOU.
  3. Dragons
    What’s not awesome about dragons? I love this novel because it really delves into a lot of physiological and psychological descriptions about dragons. These mystical beings are essential to the story line as much as their riders.
  4. Magic
    The magic in this series is so real. It’s amazing the detail that Paolini puts into his novels, everything about the magic in this series somehow feels very unique. There are languages, limitations, and relationships in magic. In this novel, magic became an intimate part of Paolini’s story.
  5. World Building
    I really want to put emphasis on the detail that Paolini writes with. To others, it might seem a little tedious but for me, I loved that in whatever scene he wrote he described everything for the reader.
  6. Characters
    There is a wide range of characters in this series, you have mysterious people like Angela the Herbalist, and then steady characters and known characters like Roran. In all of Paolini’s novels, none of his characters are idle, he switches between many characters. This has everything to do with world building, there’s a united struggle that is spread all over the country, an impression of a vast world from the numerous of characters he develops. But one thing is always for sure. Characters in Paolini novels never fail to surprise.
  7. Culture
    Alagaësia (the land where this all takes place) is so diverse! You have tribes, creepy religious sects, the elves, the dwarves, and countless languages that he features all throughout his novels. (I bet I’m missing to mention some) At this point can I just say that Paolini is a genius? I don’t even know how he was able to find so much inspiration for his novels. 
  8. THESE BOOKS ARE SO THICK
    I hate it when you read a book that is so good but isn’t long enough to fill you. Every book in this series has so much that some people hate it! Haha, me I’m just like: “Please keep passing the dessert Chris, I can eat your books all day!” Also, it was kinda funny, in middle school, my friends and I would brag to each other that we could finish just one of the 500-800 pages books in a day. Lolol XD

There’s so much more that I could say about this series that makes me rave! Sometimes it’s just good to take a step back from all the crazy new stuff and go back to some good old fantasy novels just like The Inheritance Series. If you haven’t read this series please do. You will discover a world you never want to leave.

Speaking of leaving Alagaësia, I was forcefully kicked out when book 4 ended. I’m super salty at all the cliff hangers Paolini purposefully left. D:< He says he’s gonna come back to Alagaësia but I have been waiting forever.

Spring Break 2016 (Partly a Weekly Haul)

Hey guys! I’m on my spring break right now which is totally awesomeee! Haha as you can see on that featured photo I have a booked week 😉

I finished An Ember in the Ashes and Six of Crows before this week, which were two AMAZINGG books. If you haven’t read those yet it’s definitely worth your time. I wasn’t a fan of the Grisha trilogy (my review for the first book in that series is here) but Six of Crows BLEW MY MIND. I love Leigh Bardugo. ❤
Haha, I’m too lazy right now to post a review so that’s a little tidbit of what I have just finished reading.

SPEAKING OF LAZY.
I haven’t done a Weekly Haul in a LONGGG time so this sorta doubles as a random diary entry and a Weekly Haul. Hehe. The books pictured above are what I’m reading this week. See any you guys recognize and love? 😀

Okay, so I really am curious to see what everyone else is also reading, whether you are on spring break or not. I created a book tag on my bookstagram, so if you are interested in sharing, just tag your Instagram photo #springbreakbooks2k16.

K guys so please stay safe in all your novels, don’t geek out too much about fictional characters (which is impossible of course) and continue being awesome. I love you all! *virtual hug* HAVE A GREAT WEEK ❤

-Ji

 

{Book Review} The Wrath & The Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

Hey guys! I am absolutely ravin’ about this book so if you have a chance, do check this book out.


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Title: The Wrath and the Dawn
Author: Renée Ahdieh
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Historical Fiction
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers (May 12, 2015)
Age Range: 12+
Pages: 416 pages (Hardcover)
Buy at: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Book Depository | Google Play | iBooks


 

10/10

Based on the Arabian tale A Thousand and One NightsRenée Ahdieh weaves a captivating story about a kingdom with a mad king who kills a bride every single night. Shahzard’s best friend is one of the many girls killed, grief stricken, she vows to avenge her friend’s death by volunteering to be the Caliph’s next bride. Shahzrad has prepared her vengance, and has survived her 1st night, but what she isn’t prepared for next is falling in love with the very person she is to kill.

THERE ARE NO WORDS TO DESCRIBE THIS AMAZING BOOK!

Actually, there are lots of words to describe this amazing book. Ok sorry, I digress. I loved this book for many reasons. Renée Ahdieh is such a talented writer. Even though I may saw that a lot, the gravity of the word talented should not lose its’ weight.

For one, there is so much action going on in this book! While Shazi is trying to kill the king, then escaping assassination attempts, and also dealing with the evil uncle of her husband, her stupid ex-boyfriend is trying to incite a revolution over love, her dad is turning into an creepy magician with intents that are unclear, and everything is the country seems to be going crazy. And while everything in the plot is a mush of crazy events, everything in this romance of a novel is all going heartbreakingly RIGHT!

“When she wound her fingers in his hair to draw her body against his, he stilled for breath, and she knew, as he knew, that they were lost. Lost forever. In this kiss. This kiss that would change everything.”

I lost it right there when I read this line^^ *fans self*

DID I MENTION I LOVE THE COVER? (10/10)

Ok I guess I haven’t mentioned it a lot but book texture, the feeling of the binding and the pages, the cover, and smell matter a lot to me when choosing a book. Some books really peeve me because the binding is too stiff or feels flimsy, but this hardcover copy is perfection! (It’s so hard to describe, you need to buy or checkout a copy for yourself and just OPEN IT!) And then the pages! OMGFHSHKJGEOXKGQJHGF!!! The type is just the right style and size, the pages are cut different lengths to get that rough cut feeling, and the book smells like old parchment which equates to heaven in my senses.

I also love the sense of culture that Renée Ahdieh weaves into this novel. I feel like I’m there with Shazi, in an immense palace full of Arabian splendor, the long and colorful robes. Renée doesn’t need to find a unique or different style or storyline to bring appeal to the readers, her novel is so deeply woven into Arabian background and literature, her novel transports her readers to a different time and place. Absolutely freaking magical and amazing.

Sometimes I really hate romance novels with female protagonists, because usually after the girls falls in love with a guy she turns into an idiot, wimpy and solely dependent on her counterpart for help for the remainder of the novel. Shahzrad is none of that. She strong in her own right and she don’t need no man.

“We women are a sad lot, aren’t we?”
“What do you mean?”
“Strong enough to take on the world with our bare hands, yet we permit ridiculous boys to make fools of us.”

Another absolutelyfreakingamazing quote that describes how I feel.

So do I recommend this book? HELL YA! But please keep in mind, as freaking amazing as this book is, it’s a young adult novel so I wouldn’t give this book to elementary school kids or young middle school students. But if you are of age, THIS IS A MUST READ. My only regret is that this book is in a series so I am going to have to wait for the rest of the books to come out -_-

I hope you enjoyed reading my super long rant about this book and did not notice my overuse of ALL CAPS and grammer mistakes. And I also hope you guys had an amazing weekend. Spring break is coming soon so that means MORE TIME TO READ!

<3,

Ji

{Q&A} March 14, 2016

Hello all you wonderful people~ I am taking a break from ACT practice and I am here to answer questions that some of you guys asked. (and more that I wanted to have some facts about me just in case you were wondering)


1. Hey hey. 🙂 okay sooooooo, what inspired you start blog writing? =]adventuremanFJ

It’s not really a question of what but who 🙂
I have two awesome librarians at my school who I confided in about my passion for books and my aspirations to be a writer one day. So Mrs. Wang and Mrs. Kosanovich were really supportive and they said I should start a blog. So I went home looked up some blogging platforms and I chose WordPress and wrote my first post. From there I fell in love with blogging about my reads and also discovered bookstagraming. It’s really amazing how far I have come with blogging and bookstagramming, but it’s even more amazing how people can inspire you. So if you are interested in starting a blog or a bookstagram, don’t be afraid JUST DO IT. 😀

2. I love Q&A. Which is the most weird book that you have read? 😀 BTW, Congratulations. 100 is just a start, soon it will be 1000. 😉 😀 –rohitradicalreader

Thanks rohitradicalreader! ❤ 🙂 Ok the weirdest book that I have ever read has got to be The Program by Suzanne Young. A lot of people really liked this novel and the subsequent books in the series but the concept of the series just really confused me and made me cringe. I really did try to finish the book, but things just got wayy to weird.


Some Facts About Me (in no particular order):

  • I SMELL MY BOOKS ~ I do and some books smell better than others. Texture of pages matters too.
  • I really do love books more than I love people (sometimes XD )
  • I use emoji’s way to often in posts and texts.
  • I absolutely detest boys with terrible hygiene.
  • I am a swimmer, used-to-be-runner, and a musician (I can sorta play drum set, and I can totally play clarinet)
  • In my sparse spare time, I make my parents angry by checking out stuff on facebook, blogging, or taking pictures of books instead of doing hw.
  • What mainly consumes my life outside of school stuff is marching band and my penchant for books.
  • I really want to write a badass novel one day. (I’m kinda practicing now)
  • With the exception of horror stories, I will fall in love with any book you give me as long as it is well written.
  • The 1st series I fell in love with was Geronimo Stilton. I wrote him a letter and he never replied. D:< he crushed my soul. But thank God because otherwise I never would have escaped out of my obsession with this series.

 

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Oh yes, THIS cowardly bastard^^ XD

 

  • I met Julie Berry last week at musical practice because her kids go to my school O.O (and she has a new book coming out next month)
  • I am 15 and I will turn sweettt 16 in a month ❤
  • This is my 31st post! WHOHOO!
  • And of course, I have a crap ton of homework to do and I am blogging. yay.
  • My current read is Carry On by Rainbow Rowell! (my bookstagram is klari.boo)

 

One of the better photos I have taken. ❤

If you guys have any other questions I will answer them in the comments below ❤

sincerely,

Ji

 

TBR List: {March 2016}

So my school library just bought some new books so I just had to post a TBR list. I love you Mrs. Wang and Mrs. Kosanovich! ❤


1. Calamity

Holy cow, after reading Steelheart and Fireheart, I couldn’t wait until Calamity came out! So here it is, on the top of my TBR List. ❤

2. Carry On

I love all of Rainbow Rowell’s books, but my favorite of her novels, Fangirl actually inspired this book Carry On. The two main characters in this novel were mentioned in Fangirl as the subjects of a fanfiction. 😀

3. Stars Above

The Lunar Chronicles are too die for. I finished Winter awhile ago but never got the chance to read the set of novellas compiled here.

4. An Ember in the Ashes 

I have been seeing this novel a lot on my Instagram feed so was really excited to see it at my library! It sounds really amazing, so I am expecting a fabulous experience reading this novel.

5. The Darkest Minds

This is another book that I have seen a lot on Instagram, another one I am looking forward to reading. From the description it sounds a lot like Marie Lu’s The Young Elites, but apparently this book was published first. O.O

(I am a terrible child because I was editing these photos during a musical performance when I wasn’t playing clarinet 😛 )

P.S. I am planning a Q&A post, so please comment any questions you might have for me! ❤ -Ji

 

100+ LIKES?! (Q&A)

  
Hey guys please help me celebrate 100+ likes on my blog by asking questions here! 😀 Comment any random weird or normal questions and I will answer them in a Q&A post! 

I also want to thank you all for being so supportive of my blog. It really means a lot to me. Sometimes after a really long day it’s nice to see people who appreciate and take time to comment on my book reviews and also my weird poetry rants. I really just can’t tell you enough how cool doing this for you guys is. I get views from people as far as the Netherlands and India. Which is super duper rad! Thanks so much for following. 🙂 You have my eternal gratitiude and love! ❤ -Ji