My opinion on OUAT 5B so far

Once Upon a Time Season 5 Episode 13 - Labor of Love

Quick update on OUAT since I wanted to share a few things!

The second part of Once Upon A Time’s fifth season has already four episodes out, and I can’t get enough of it. As you may have read earlier on a previous post (here), episode 12 set my hopes up, and it’s living up to it so far.

WARNING: SPOILERS

In each episode, we meet characters from our heroes’s past, some we know, and some we don’t. They help them with their quest, before being able to move on (normally). And I really love that concept.

I also love that we get to see more flashbacks about our heroes’ past. I know that not everyone is a fan of those, but I personally enjoy them a lot, especially the one with Hercules and Snow.

I can’t wait for David to face his brother by the way…

And my favourite thing about this (half) season is probably Henry’s storyline! I really love learning about the author stuff, and I really like his quest for the quill, and his final decision at the end of the last episode. I hope everything will work out! Unlike what he thinks, I believe he is a hero… And I loved that scene with Charming, it was so cute!

I was a bit skeptical about 5A and all that Emma-dark-one thing, and I thought I simply had grown tired of this show, but seeing all of this, it’s not the case at all, and I’m really happy about that!

I’m still not a huge fan of Captain Swann but they obviously need each other, so I’m curious as to how everything will turn out…

The thing that worries me the most is not even Hades, I think he is a brilliant villain (and oh boy, now I’m curious about his past with Zelina??) What worries me the most is Rumple, as usual. We don’t see much of him since there is already a lot happening, but he messes everything up everytime we see him, so I’m really worried about that. And what of Peter Pan, will we see him again? And what of Belle? Is she really pregnant? That is also a really interesting plot twist…

One more thing, I’m really curious as to what is actually happening in Storybrooke while everyone is in the Underworld.

Basically, I can’t wait for the next episode, and for the rest of the season! I just want to see what the writers have in store for us!

A Darker Shade of Magic: My Review

A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)

A Darker Shade of Magic was written by Victoria Schwab, and published in 2015. The second book in the series, A Gathering if Shadows, was published earlier this year.

Genre: Young Adults, Fantasy, Magic, Historical Fiction

My rating: ★★★★☆

I haven’t published a review for a while, and I’m sorry about that, so finally, a new book to talk about… And that was not any book, it was really fascinating and mind blowing!

The story:

Kell is Antari. That means, he is a being of magic, who can travel between the worlds and the different Londons. There are four of them, to be precise: Red London, the prosperous city where he lives; Grey London, the one in England, the one we know, in a world without magic; White London, the city of murder and revenge, where people want to control magic at any cost; and Black London, the destroyed city no one has access to. Kell is one of the two Travelers left in the whole world, and he belongs to the Red Crown, who has taken him as their son. He moves between the realms to pass their messages, but it is not always a safe thing to do…

My opinion:

I know a lot of people find this book extraordinary and brilliant, and give it 5 stars without second thoughts, but I sometimes felt that something was missing – thought I couldn’t quite put my finger on it – and this is the reason why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5. It was still an excellent book, obviously. Boy, it was a hell of a ride.

WARNING: SPOILERS

First of all, I really like the concept of magic being everywhere, and everyone being more or less capable of controlling it. This also depends on where you live, because there is not the same amount of magic in all the worlds: which leads me to another thing I really liked: the different Londons. It was a really fantastic and interesting idea. I also like how travelling between these worlds was presented in those books. And the evolution between the beginning and the end! When I look back, I can’t believe we ended up to that point… And I can’t wait to find out more in the second book.

I also really liked the main characters. Kell and Lila are pretty awesome, and have a really interesting dynamic between them. I really like the fact that the author didn’t throw a romance at our faces, and instead, created an awesome friendship/professional relationship between those two, who are both endearing characters, who have something special to them. I also really like Rhy’s character, but it was a pity we didn’t get to see more of him. I would love to see more of his relationship with Kell, because it’s obvious they have a strong relationship, even if we didn’t get to see much of them together. And I thought Holland was a rather interesting character too, even if he was some kind of a villain, there was more to him. He has a lot of knowledge, and a great aura I think, but even if he seems so strong he is still captive and manipulated by the Danes… I wish I knew more about him and his past!

So that’s about it for the characters. It was interesting that we got bits of the story in all three Londons, and sometimes we saw some minor characters that added meaning to the story, I think that was well-made.

So, why did I give it only 4 stars and not 5? Well first of all, I would have loved to see more of the backstory of some characters. And second of all, I felt sometimes that it was a bit draggy… I don’t know, sometimes I was just like oh my god it’s amazing and then I felt that it was a bit long.

Overall, it was a great read, and there is still a lot of mystery left, making me want to read the second book asap!

Recommended for people who like fantasy and stories about magic, or if you simply want to discover something completely different.

I would love to discuss this book! If you have read it, please share your opinion below… (and please, no spoilers about the second book!)

Teaser Tuesday #12

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme is hosted by MizB from Books and a Beat.

1. Grab your current read

2. Open to a random page

3. Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

4. Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Great Expectations: Authoritative Text, Backgrounds, Contexts, Criticism (Critical Editions)

This week my teaser is about a classic, and you have probably all heard about it, it’s Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, which I am currently reading for college.

Genre: Literature, Fiction, Coming of Age, Historical (19th Century)

“Joe’s blue eyes turned a little watery; he rubbed, first one of them, and then the other, in a most uncomfortable and uncongenital manner, with the round knob on the top of the poker.” – from p.41

(my edition is a critical edition with many notes and critics, it’s the one pictured above)

You have most likely heard of that book so I needn’t add more. I’m just going to say that I finished the first part, and so far, I’m enjoying it more than I thought I would!

Goodreads

Burn, Rewrite, Reread Tag

I found out about this tag over on Cherry’s blog, aka Readforevermore and I thought it looked pretty cool, so I wanted to give it a go. Here is her article if you want to check it out! (And I really advise you to do so, her blog is really adorable ♥)

Here are the rules:

  1. Randomly choose 3 books. (Pro-tip: use the ‘random’ option on your Goodreads read shelf)
  2. For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread.
  3.  Repeat until you have completed three rounds

First set:

Alone on a Wide Wide Sea   Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2)   Memoirs from Beyond the Tomb (Penguin Classics)

Burn: Memoirs from beyond the Tomb by Chateaubriand. I know it’s a classic and I always feel some kind of respects for classics, but really I hated that book. It’s an autobiography and I just found the author so arrogant…

Rewrite: Alone on a Wide Wide Sea by Michael Morpugo. I read this book and long time ago and I remember having mixed feeling about it. Maybe it was just not my type of book. But Maybe a little rewriting could do no harm!

Reread: Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard. I liked the first book better, but I’m probably going to reread that one too anyway because I really like this series!

Second set:

The Perks of Being a Wallflower   Eat, Pray, Love   Sylvie

Burn: Sylvie by Gerard de Nerval. I’m burning a classic again, I swear I’m not doing that on purpose. This book was weird, but it wasn’t even that bad… However I’m never going to reread it, and I’m very fond of the others, so my apologies.

Rewrite: Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. I really liked that book, however sometimes it felt a bit long. So maybe rewrite it…

Reread: The Perks of being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. It’s hands down one of my favourite books, and obviously I’m going to reread it. This book is so great and powerful ♥

Third set:

Polly's March (Historical House, #4)   The Girl on Paper   Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Charlie Bucket, #1)

Burn: The Girl on Paper by Guillaume Musso. It was an enjoyable read, but not that much of an AMAZING BOOK. So yeah, go burn, girl on paper. Sorry.

Rewrite: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. From an author-to-be point of view, I think it would be a very interesting book to work on!

Reread: Polly’s March by Linda Newbery. This is one of the first book I read in English, so it will always keep a special place in my heart. But it’s also much more than this, and I really want to get my hands on it, so that I can reread it one day!

Here we go! I was really frustrated because I didn’t get to post anything today, and then I found this fun booktag, and it settled my mind. Hope you enjoy! Feel free to do it as well!

Sunday Recommendations: YA contemporaries

Hi guys, it’s Sunday again, and I am back with a new set of recommendations! Some I have already mentioned in previous posts, some new ones. I have tried to avoid classics such as The Fault in Our Stars, but that doesn’t mean I don’t recommend it!

Those stories are all contemporaries, and incude romance in different ways! Hope you enjoy! And if you have any similar book to recommend, feel free to do so in the comments!

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

An Abundance of Katherines

Book blurb: Colin Singleton has dated 19 girls named Katherine, and got dumped every single time. It’s so bad that he even made up a theorem which should predict the outcome of his next relationship. He goes on a road trip wit his best friend, to prove that his theorem is right, and meets a boy named Colin, and a girl not named Katherine…

This was really fun and cute, it’s not John Green’s most famous work, but if you like his books, you should definitely check it out!

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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Book blurb: Cath is entering college, and has prepared everything to enjoy her new life with her twin sister, except Wren decides she also wants to live a bit on her own, and Cath has to share her dorm room with a complete stranger. Feeding herself with energy bars and writing fanfictions about her favourite hero Simon Snow, Cath silently starts her college years. Until her roommate Reagan decides it’s time to get out of her room…

I loved this book. It’s really cute and so incredibly relatable…

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

All the Bright Places

Book blurb: “All the Bright Places is the love story of a girl who learns to live from a boy who wants to die.” Theodore Finch is fascinated by death. Violet Markey is devastated by her sister’s death. Everything separated them. Except when they meet on the Bell’s Tower, and their lives begin to change.

This book is so heartbreaking, but definitely beautiful! You should definitely check it out if you haven’t read it yet!

Check out my review here!

The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

The Beginning of Everything

Alternative title: Severed Heads, Broken Hearts

Book blurb: Ezra Faulkner believes everyone gets a tragedy. After a car accident, he lost his athletic career and broke up with his girlfriend. He stopped talking to his friends, not feeling worthy of sitting with them at lunch, not ready to face them after such a big change in his life. He ends up going back to his ex best friend Toby, and meets new girl Cassidy Thorpe.

This book is both fun and deep, it’s a really beautiful coming of age story about new beginnings… Not everything will be the way you expected it, and that’s what makes it so good! If you’re looking for a book about friendship, then go for it!

Check out my review here!

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)

Anna is ready to start her Senior year of high school with her friends, except her father has decided otherwise: she will spend it in Paris, at the American school there. Anna has no choice but to follow, and make new friends there. And she also meet Etienne St Clair, the boy with the French name and the English accent…

Okay, that was a pretty bad summary. If you haven’t heard of Anna and the French Kiss, then you’re definitely missing out. I know the title of this book sounds incredibly cliché and ridiculous, but the book itself is incredibly amazing (I read it in one day). It’s a really cute story, and it also has a bit of a deeper meaning, since we see the characters evolving and growing through the book. Highly recommended!

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

Along for the Ride

Book blurb: It’s been ages since Auden slept at night, and she likes to spend the night outside. This is her last summer before college and she is going to spend it in another town, with her father. She discovers new things and makes new unexpected friendships…

Okay, I read it a long time ago, and I need to re read it some day. This book has a special place in my heart forever, I found it so beautiful! Recommended as a summer read ♥

Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin

Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac

Book blurb: When Naomi wakes up in the ambulance, she has lost her memory, and the boy sitting next to her tells her he is her boyfriend. It will turn out he is not. But maybe she will want him to. And she will have to face the person she does not remember being, and all that happened to her in those few years she can’t remember…

Sorry about the shitty summary, I swear it’s better than I made it sound. It’s a light read, and really interesting. Maybe it’s sometimes a bit of a cliché, but it was a really nice story nevertheless!

And this is the end of my recommendations for this week, I hope you enjoyed! I know I have already featured some of the books in previous articles, and I always try to include new and original titles, but sometimes the book really fits the prompt and I can’t help but share it again…

Allegiant: Book vs. Movie

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Okay, brace yourselves because I’m going to talk about the Allegiant Movie!

First of all, I read the book last summer, and I was not entirely satisfied with it, so some parts of the movie didn’t please me obviously because of the same reasons. Some things changed, and I did not really like them. And some other things changed which I really liked!

You can read my review of the book here. Now let’s get to business and talk about the movie!

WARNING: SPOILERS

First of all, I’m still mad because Uriah is not in the movie. Okay, maybe we saw his face once or twice. But what’s the point, really? He’s such an important character in the book. First of all, because he is Tris’s FRIEND. Okay, that’s important. And second of all because he is also Divergent and it was an important issue for him in the books, and it’s really a pity they didn’t put that in the movie. Yes, I know they can’t put everything in the movie. But they separated it into two parts so they could have made an effort (or put him in the story as an important character from the beginning…) It’s also a pity they took Cara out because it showed that (apart from Caleb) there were also other (ex) factions willing to go beyond the wall. But I don’t think her character was that important so I’m not going to complain too much about it…

Aside from that, I really liked the dynamic of the group going beyond the wall. I don’t know, they had something, and it was really enjoyable to watch. (Except that Tori died, which was awful, but I knew that would happen… *cries silently*)

Something that struck me is that they didn’t talk about the Allegiant before going beyond the wall (or did I miss something) which was weird because it was part of the reason why they left…

What else did I want to complain about? Yes, the fact that the world was not the way I pictured it at all. But that’s my problem and it’s not important.

They also suppressed more characters and changed the way they escaped the city, but it was pretty badass, so I won’t complain either.

One thing I liked for sure is the moments between Tris and Four (because they didn’t fight as much as in the book, which was terribly annoying). And you can’t deny that they have an amazing chemistry. It’s lovely to see a great YA story without a love triangle!

I also wanted to add that overall I really loved the cast! I obviously love Shailene Woodley and Theo James, but I also love Ansel Elgort, Zoe Kravitz and Miles Tyler, I think they are excellent in their jobs, and I love those characters, probably even more in the movie than in the book (even if they’re flawed, they feel so human). Naomi Watts and Octavia Spencer are also excellent (I really like Johanna, and I think I have never mentioned it so you definitely needed to know it!) Bill Skarsgard was also an excellent choice for Matthew, I think he really turned out well in the movie! Jeff Daniels also does an excellent job as David, who appears trustworthy at fist and then not such a good character (and I’m staying polite there). Finally Nadia Hilker does a perfect job as a ruthless Nita, and I liked her better than in the book.

Anyway, I don’t know what else to say. I really liked the last 20/30 minutes of the movie because it started having a lot of action. I loved the beginning too, actually, my favourite parts are definitely when they are in Chicago.

Overall, I like the changes they made, and I’m definitely curious to see how the last movie will turn out! Hope I won’t get disappointed!

Rating: 3,5 stars

I know I’m not so good at writing reviews, but I still wanted to give my opinion… Feel free to share yours in the comments!

The Dimsun Booktag

I was tagged for this lovely booktag by Jen from Jen’s Bookish Journey! Thank you dear, it’s really a lovely idea! You can check out her article here.

Dim sum is a style of Chinese cuisine whereby food is served in small (tapas-like) portions and is common during yum cha (which literally means: drinking tea). This tag is inspired by good company and good eats.

The rules:

1/ Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site
2/ Devour dim sum and answer the tag questions (I wish I could eat all of those right now…)
3/ Tag five others to join your round table for some dim sum fun
4/ Food coma

My answers:

TEA: A book that started off hot but turns cold quickly

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The Kill Order by James Dashner. I really liked it at first, but it turned out not how I expected it and I didn’t enjoy it that much in the end…

CHIU CHOW DUMPLING: A book that features elements of land and sea

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Alone on the Wide Sea by Michael Morpugo. I read it a very long time, and I still remember it though I did not like it that much…

RICE NOODLE ROLL: A favourite multi-layered character of yours (eg. Traits? Skills? Morally ambiguous?)

Finnick Odair from Catching Fire and Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins, I think he fits this category perfectly well!

SHRIMP DUMPLING: A book with a transparent blurb that gives the story away

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. The plot was rather predictable but I still loved it very much. The second book was more surprising in my opinion!

STEAMED BBQ PORK BUNS: a book that is fluffy on the outside but packs a punch of flavour (eg. Message? Depth? Controversy?)

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All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven is a perfect choice for this one. It has pretty parts and damn deep parts. This book is so important.

CHICKEN FEET: a book with divided opinions

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The Selection by Kiera Cass. I think it fits the prompt… As far as I’m concerned, I really liked it, but I know some people find America annoying. But it’s okay, you can’t like all the books in the world!

LOTUS-WRAPPED STICKY RICE: a book you’ve received/given that was nicely packaged

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The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider. I got it through a Christmas book swap on instagram and it had a lovely wrapping paper and cute little post-its inside ♥

EGG CUSTARD TART: a book that uses simple ingredients and cliches but executes it perfectly

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What better choice than the Harry Potter series? It has friendship, and a fight between good and evil, love, best friends and evil teachers…

MANGO PUDDING WITH EVAPORATED MILK: any book recommendation + beverage/snack that’s a winning combination

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Since there is a recommendations category, I’m obviously going to recommend One Day, by David Nicholls. And my drink combination would be iced tea.

FRIED SESAME BALLS: a book cover with embossed text/design you just love to run your fingers over

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Glass Sword, by Victoria Aveyard. I just love this edition so much!

DIM SUM STEAM CART: the type of carrying bag you use to bring books around

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I got this adorable book sized bag when I was in Germany last summer and I just love it so much ♥

Great, I’m hungry now xD

I tag:

Norah from Bookish Fever

Kristy from The Reader Dragon

And whoever wants to do it, obviously!