Mixed Feelings — The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins {Book Review}

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne CollinsTitle: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (The Hunger Games #0)
Author: Suzanne Collins
Publisher:
Scholastic Press
Release Date: May 19th, 2020
Standalone/Series: Series (Prequel)
Genre: Young Adult – Dystopia

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My rating in stars: 3 stars
My rating in words: Mixed feelings

WHAT IT’S ABOUT:

Ambition will fuel him.
Competition will drive him.
But power has its price.

It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to outcharm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute.

The odds are against him. He’s been given the humiliating assignment of mentoring the female tribute from District 12, the lowest of the low. Their fates are now completely intertwined — every choice Coriolanus makes could lead to favor or failure, triumph or ruin. Inside the arena, it will be a fight to the death. Outside the arena, Coriolanus starts to feel for his doomed tribute . . . and must weigh his need to follow the rules against his desire to survive no matter what it takes. 

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Favorite Opening Lines (Pt. 2) {Top Ten Tuesday}

20200526 Opening Lines

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Today’s all about one of my favorite things: quotes! But not just any quotes, no, I’m talking about OPENING LINES. You know, they carry quite a heavy burden, these opening lines. They are the first impression of a book (well, besides the cover. And blurb.) and as such they are CRUCIAL in getting the reader invested and setting the tone of the story to come. So, a really big deal.

So naturally, I have some favorite opening lines for you. (If you want to, you can also check out part one of my favorite opening lines here. ) Enjoy!

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Escape, Empathy & World Domination? — Eight Reasons Why I Love Reading Books {Top Ten Tuesday}

20200519 Reasons Why I Love Reading

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Hi everybody, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s topic was to write about the reasons why we love something. Which is something I LOVE! See for example my reasons why I love audiobooks, why I love Red Winter, why I love Death Note, why I love BTS, why I love Guild Codex… you see my point.

But what I haven’t yet talked about, is reasons why I love reading. I mean, it’s the start of everything and the reason I’m even writing this blog, right?

So without further ado, let me tell you about the 8 reasons why I love reading!

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Galactic Intrigue & Questioning Loyalties In The Queer Space Opera The World Needs — Bonds of Brass by Emily Skrutskie {Book Review}

Bonds of Brass by Emily SkrutskieTitle: Bonds of Brass (The Bloodright Trilogy #1)
Author: Emily Skrutskie
Publisher:
Del Rey Books
Release Date: April 7th, 2020
Standalone/Series: Series
Genre: Adult – Science Fiction

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My rating in stars: 4,5 stars
My rating in words: Loved it!

WHAT IT’S ABOUT:

A young pilot risks everything to save his best friend–the man he trusts most and might even love–only to learn that he’s secretly the heir to a brutal galactic empire.

Ettian Nassun’s life was shattered when the merciless Umber Empire invaded. He’s spent seven years putting himself back together under its rule, joining an Umber military academy and becoming the best pilot in his class. Even better, he’s met Gal Veres–his exasperating and infuriatingly enticing roommate who’s made the Academy feel like a new home.

But when dozens of classmates spring an assassination plot on Gal, a devastating secret comes to light: Gal is the heir to the Umber Empire. Ettian barely manages to save his best friend and flee the compromised Academy unscathed, rattled both that Gal stands to inherit the empire that broke him and that there are still people willing to fight back against Umber rule. As they piece together a way to deliver Gal safely to his throne, Ettian finds himself torn in half by an impossible choice. Does he save the man who’s won his heart and trust that Gal’s goodness could transform the empire? Or does he throw his lot in with the brewing rebellion and fight to take back what’s rightfully theirs?

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Look, I’m Just Never Going To Read These (Probably) — The Last 9 Books I Removed From My TBR {Top Ten Tuesday}

20200512 Last 9 Books I Removed From My TBR

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Hi everybody, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!

Today’s topic is about the last books we abandoned, aka removed from our TBR. And honestly, I am TERRIBLE at this. At first I thought “fine I’ll just go through my Goodreads TBR and remove some books – I have so many books on there that I added years ago and have no idea what they’re about so this’ll be easy.”

BUT then I read more about the books and I just can’t remove them because who knows – maybe in a few years I’ll still read this or my interest will return. Just abandoning books seems so harsh… I know, I know, this is pointless but still….

After I spent way too many hours pondering these books, I came up with 9 I was ok with removing. Probably. Maybe. Feel free to let me know if you loved one of these books and I should still give them a try!

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Ain’t No Party Without Food — Bookish Food Ideas For Your Bookish Party {Top Ten Tuesday}

20200505 Bookish Food Ideas

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Hi everybody, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!

Today’s topic is all about bookish parties and I wanted to highlight one of the crucial elements (and my favorite) of any party, namely THE FOOD. Now a little disclaimer: I am no kitchen princess. I’m not even a kitchen mouse. I suck at cooking, baking and anything related to it and I’m not very fond of it either. But eating, especially sweets and snacks? I am awesome at that!

So I did not come up with any of the ideas below, nor do I have any idea on the difficulty levels of them (okay to be fair, some of these seem easy enough for even me to pull them off). But all of them look good and like a lot of fun for any bookish party for young and old!

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