Quiz: What Fantasy Subgenre Are You?

Hello readers!!!

I come today with another quiz! Find out which fantasy subgenre you are, according to your reading preferences. Obviously I didn’t include all subgenres ever, otherwise the quiz would be far too long…

In the questions where you choose a book from a few options, you can just choose the one that appeals to you the most. Write down your answers in a piece of paper to keep track of which letters you marked!

Also, if you don’t know what any of the books in each question are about, just pick the one whose cover attracts you most! Continue reading

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eARC Review: The Price Guide to the Occult, by Leslye Walton

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Rating: ★★★☆☆

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

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I have received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I don’t remember seeing another book with such mixed reviews quite as this one. By the time I got approved for it in Netgalley, I wasn’t entirely sure I wanted to read it anymore.

The Price Guide to the Occult tells the story of Nor Blackburn, the youngest of a line of witches, cursed so that they only inherit one of their original matriarch’s powers. But Nor doesn’t seem to have much of a power, except for being able to predict the weather and understand animals. But when her mother, Fern, comes back into her life, Nor and her family have a great reason to be afraid: Fern is practicing black magic and wants Fern’s blood to strengthen her powers. Continue reading

Cheap US Kindle Book Recommendations

Hi readers!

Reading is very expensive. If you do it a lot, you probably know that! That is one of the reasons why I got a Kindle, and from time to time I get cheap e-books and feel very content with it! So, if you also want to go book shopping but don’t want to spend too much, here are some cheap books!

These prices are valid as per now (June/18), so maybe if you’re reading it much later, they won’t be applicable anymore.

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The Song of Achilles: A Novel by [Miller, Madeline] The Things We Learn When We're Dead: A modern fairytale of love and loss that weaves together the inner conflicts of a young woman’s life. by [Laidlaw, Charlie] Dreadnought: Nemesis - Book One by [Daniels, April] Continue reading

10 Summer Reading Recommendations

Hello readers!

It’s summer!! A lot of us are going on vacation and it’s a perfect time for a light read. When going to the beach, I like having a fast-paced book, and I leave immersive, giant fantasy books for colder days. Here are the ones I recommend for a nice, relaxing time. 🙂

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Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills
This cute YA was so much fun to read, and I think it’s perfect for a light summer read with romance and Shakespeare!

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
Or, if you still want to keep it YA but prefer a mystery, this book is quite awesome and has all the elements of classical mystery, and it’s quite charming.

The Extinction Trials by S. M. Wilson
This one has dinosaurs, death, some gore and it’s a super cool YA book. Also, the second book just came out, so if you love it like I did, you can immediately pick up the next one! Continue reading

Mini-Review: The Extinction Trials, by S. M. Wilson

The Extinction Trials S M Wilson

Rating: ★★★★★

Genres: Fantasy, Thriller, Young Adult

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This book came out on January 1st, but it might already be one of the coolest books of the entire year! The best thing? The sequel is already out! I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

The blurb about this book says that it’s a mixture of Jurassic Park and The Hunger Games. And it kind of is! Stormchaser decides to take part in the contests for going to Piloria, the land where dinosaurs live. Her own country is heavily overcrowded, and the people who pass the contest must survive for a whole week in Piloria. Not many people returned the years before. But Stormchaser is sure that this is her chance to change her life for better and to have an adventure. Continue reading

Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad… Literary Fiction?

Hello readers!

So, literary fiction. The big, bulky books that talk about how we’re all sad and lonely. I LOVE ‘EM.

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Joking aside, literary fiction gets the bad rep of being sort of a snobby genre, because it’s supposed to be so verbose and nothing ever happens and it’s always depressing. So, to read this kind of book, you obviously must be one of those people who love bragging about the books they’ve read to impress people.

Literary fiction tends to look too scary for people, who stay away from it like the plague. But it’s one of my favorite genres ever, and I’m here to defend it! With my life, if I must (hopefully not)

Things I love about literary fiction:

  • Deep, thoughtful characters with realistic flaws
  • Character-centered stories are very revealing about our own nature
  • Forces you to look at yourself and at others through a more empathetic light
  • It touches on subjects other genres are normally too shy to talk about, or they talk about it in a shallow way
  • Beautiful, immersive writing
  • I find it’s an antidote to the pressure of being perfect that social media makes me feel – it’s okay to be sad, depressed and flawed. It’s okay to be deeply imperfect and lead a less-than-perfect life. You’re fine and you’re going to be fine.

There is no exact rule about what to expect from a literary fiction work, although mostly they are contemporary works centered in one character, or maybe a small group of characters. But really, you can find literary fiction mixed with other genres too – YA (albeit rarely, but they exist!), mystery, fantasy, sci-fi… they do tend to be denser in content and can be hard to read sometimes, but ultimately, it feels like taking a deep breath. You face the truth of yourself and the ugly (and beautiful) things of the world. You appreciate what you have a little more.

Can you tell I love it?

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ARC Review: The Girlfriend, by Michelle Francis

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Thriller, Contemporary

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I have received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I read quite a lot of thrillers, and most of the time it’s easy to tell who’s the “evil” character right away. The same goes with The Girlfriend – the answer is on the title already, after all – but I found myself cheering for her a lot of times. Which is such a cool thing about this book!

The Girlfriend is a crime thriller focused on two women: Laura, a successful woman who has it all and is very devoted to her son Daniel; and Cherry, his beautiful girlfriend. At first, Laura hopes to hit it off with Cherry who, who knows?, might become her daughter-in-law one day, but it soon becomes clear that Cherry doesn’t want to let her in – and that she has lied constantly to them. Continue reading