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THE LOVE INTEREST REVIEW | LAUREN

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This book had moments that were great and moments that were not so great. I really loved how the love triangle flipped and the two boys fell for each other, that doesn’t normally happen. Caden and Dylan’s relationship was adorable; I got really sad for a second when I though Dyl was actually straight. Speaking of Dyl, he honestly reminded my of a four year old for a majority of the book, it seemed extremely unreal; but I guess he was exaggerating his personality to get Caden to fall for him? There were some super cheesy moments that made my cringe, like at the end where the Love Interests cheer the protagonists for saving the day. I’m glad Caden and Dylan got their happy ending, but we only got a brief glimpse into what Juliet’s life was like, and absolutely nothing about how Nat was handling Trevor’s death. While reading this I was reminded of Carry On by Rainbow Rowell and The Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout (I had a huge urge to reread these while reading this book) and recommend The Love Interest to lovers of these books and vice versa.

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THE GODFATHER BY MARIO PUZO | ANA PAULA

The Godfather
By Mario Puzo

“Italians have a little joke, that the world is so hard a man must have two fathers to look after him, and that’s why they have godfathers.” ― Mario Puzo, The Godfather

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Being the most accurate depiction of the underground world of the mafia ever written,
there is no doubt The Godfather is the classic by excellence.

Set between the 1940’s and 1950’s, this book tells us the story of the Corleone family,
the most powerful and respected of the Five New York City Mafia Families. Don Vito Corleone, whose influence even reaches the government, is the head of the family and is the one known as “The Godfather”. He is not a Mafioso such as those we normally hear about, for what he learned while he lived in Sicily, is that the mafia should be the people who bring justice to those who’ve been wronged and won’t get help from the authorities.

Through illegal methods, he helps those in need as if he were their second father. As he says: “Friendship is equal to family.”

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During the story, as the Corleone Empire keeps expanding, Don Vito is confronted with a
proposal that would change the course of the Family: to enter the narcotics business. Being such an honourable and conservative man, we wisely refused, but at the same time tore apart his descendants’ future. The novel completely changed my perspective about the mafia. It still portrayed it as violent and brutal, however, I didn’t know how important honour was to them. At first, I didn’t understand why they didn’t give the same treatment to their Irish-American lawyer as to other members of the Family, but later on, I found out they cared about always keeping Italian values. What was shown about Italian tradition throughout the book greatly fascinated me. How Vito acted during his daughter’s wedding, how important Godfathers are seen among them, how family plays an important role, and also Vito’s wife’s participation impacted me. Mainly because
all that Michael Corleone (Vito’s son) lived during his stay in Sicily is why it’s now on my list of places I want to visit.

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The narrative also follows the stories of Tom Hagen, Clemenza, Sonny and Connie
Corleone, Carlo Rizzi, Kay Adams, Lucy Mancini and Johnny Fontane, with whom we can
explore more about what goes on in the underworld of the mafia and the lives of celebrities in both New York City and Las Vegas. The stories do have an impact as the book advances, however, they weren’t as important as Michael and Vito’s story.

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JIGSAW MYSTERY | GITHMI

Jigsaw Mystery

He was a bright star
Applauded by adults
Praised by teachers
Admired by peers.
Yet, he was a mystery to himself
He questioned day and night
Whom he loved, who loved him
Then he remembered her.
Did he love her, he was blank
He felt guilty, he felt empty
He did not know what he felt
He was puzzled.
Victorious in materials
Defeated in sentiments
He sought his happiness
In a never-ending journey

Suddenly, he realized she was the happiness
First thought in the morning, last in the night
Longing to feel her warmth, the welcoming embrace…

Yet, his mute sense failed
In unveiling the throbbing heart

His only hope,

That she fathomed his mystery soul.

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A COURT OF MIST AND FURY REVIEW | GUEST BLOG POST @BOOKLATTES

“I will say this once– and a only once. You can be a pawn, be someone’s reward, and spend the rest of your immortal life bowing and scraping and pretending you’re less than him, than Ianthe, than any of us… Or, you’ve got another choice. You can master whatever powers we gave to you, and make it count. You can play a role in this war. Because war is coming one way or another, and do not try to delude yourself that any of the Fae will give a shit about your family across the wall when our whole territory is likely to be come a charnel house.”

Synopsis: A Court of Mist and Fury takes place a few months after the events of A Court of Thorns and Roses. Tamlin, Feyre, Lucien and the rest of the Spring Court are trying to recover from the traumas under the mountain. Feyre is struggling in her new fey body, and feels like she completely destroyed herself under the mountain by killing the innocent fey. Feyre and Tamlin have PTSD, and don’t really know how to help each other. Tamlin doesn’t want to talk about anything, and Feyre relents and never pushes him.

Anyway, moving on. So Tamlin and Feyre are engaged, and are about to have a very symbolic wedding to prove the world is peaceful and everyone in the court is safe. Feyre is really struggling though, both from nightmares and just lack of communication between her and Tamlin. And obviously Lucien is no help.

But on their wedding day, things go poorly, Feyre basically has a panic attack and BAM Rhysand comes and crashes the party (smh that he wasn’t invited to the big day right). Rhys decides that today is the day that he’s going to cash in the little deal they had and he whisks Feyre away to the night court.

Rhysand tries to help Feyre as best he can, and teaches her to read. He also tells her of his suspicions that she has powers or “gifts” that the other High Lords bestowed upon her when she they saved her life under the mountain. Rhys urges Feyre to master her powers and Feyre wants to learn, but when she returns home, Tamlin forbids her from learning how to fight or learn to use her powers.

Feyre, now a prisoner in her own home, is rescued by a member of Rhy’s Court and is taken back to Rhy’s home. There, Feyre agrees to work for him, and his Inner Circle, in order to master her powers and learn to fight in an upcoming war against the King of Hybern.

This book means so SO much to me. I loved every bit of A Court of Thorns and Roses, and loved A Court of Mist and Fury just as much, and more. This book is so filled with such raw, unending emotion it just took my breath away. The sadness, the joy, just everything was so perfect and well written and Sarah truly outdid herself.

The first time I read it, I didn’t fully absorb the ending, but my second time reading it, I took my time and went over every single line, including that brutal end scene. I think I loved it even more this time around.

Now for the spoilerly part:

The Plot: The plot of this book was absolutely AMAZING. Sarah is a master plotter and gah just the twists, turns and interwoven relationships are just incredible. And the ending dear lord you will not see it cOMING.

The Characters: You meet so many new characters in ACOMAF, each one more lovable than the last.

Feyre: I loved seeing more of Feyre, who’s one of my favorite female characters of all time. She grew so much in this novel (cHARACTER DEVELOPMENT) and she turns into such a strong, powerful woman. She was so strong in the last book, and she goes through so much trauma, and though she struggles, she comes through it even stronger. She’s a total badass, and she eventually learns to stop apologizing and that moment is just so powerful and I want to be I strive to be her omg. I relate to Feyre so much, both through her love of art, fierce love of her family and her struggles with depression. She can be bitchy at times, and rude, but honestly who isn’t, and I love her so much. Just seeing her grow, learning to love herself and conquering depression is SO inspiring, and her falling in love with Rhys and finally getting treated how she deserves makes my heart so happy.

“I was not a pet, not a doll, not an animal. I was a survivor, and I was strong. I would not be weak, or helpless again I would not, could not be broken. Tamed.”

Rhysand: Obviously we all knew he wasn’t the villain after the end of ACOTAR, but you truly get to see a different side of him in ACOMAF. I adore characters with very emotional, traumatic pasts and Rhysand is definitely one of those characters. He is so broken inside. He loves deeply and is willing to do anything to protect his friends and court. And he learned to love himself too, and be with someone who loves him and GAH Feysand is life.

“There are different kinds of darkness,” Rhys said. I kept my eyes shut. “There is the darkness that frightens, the darkness that soothes, the darkness that is restful.” I pictured each. “There is the darkness of lovers, and the darkness of assassins. It becomes what the bearer wishes it to be, needs it to be. It is not wholly bad or good.”

Morrigan: THE LIGHT OF MY FREAKING LIFE OK. Mor has been through SO much but is such a bright, happy part of everyone’s life and I literally want to cry about her 24/7. She was tortured by her own family, left to die, and almost was kept captive and bred like a broodmare but she is happy. And she makes other’s happy. And I just have so many feels about her.

“There are good days and hard days for me—even now. Don’t let the hard days win.”

Cassian: My heart can’t take all the emotions regarding these characters. Cass is so sassy, and hot, and an amazing friend, yet he had such a hard childhood uGH MY BABY.

“He winked at me. There was something rough-hewn about his features– like he’d been made of wind and earth and flame and all these civilized trappings were little more than an inconvenience.”

Azriel: MY MATE AND THE LOVE OF MY LIFE. Az is so precious and he bottles up his emotions but is so cute around Mor and I could literally just talk about the Inner Circle for 5 billion years can you tell????? Friendly reminder that his hands were burned so badly by his brothers that even his immortal blood couldn’t heal it. Goodbye.

“But the second male, the more classically beautiful of the two… Even the light shied from the elegant planes of his face. With good reason. Beautiful, but near- unreadable. He’d be the one to look out for– the knife in the dark.”

Amren: I haven’t read ACOWAR yet but I can’t wait to find out what Amren is. I really think she’s a witch/valg prince baby??? Or a dragon?? Idk but I love her and she’s a bad bitch.

Elain: Honestly I’ve never been that big of a fan of Elain or Nesta, but honestly Elain grew on me in this book. She isn’t fearless, but she’s brave. She shows weakness, and strength, and is just very real.

“Feyre gave and gave– for years. Let us now help her. Help… others.”

Tamlin:

  • honestly I still don’t hate Tamlin. I have lots of thoughts about him and yes he is a tool, but I don’t hate him.
  • Tamlin wants dominance, control, stability. Rhys said that Tam sat on his ass for 50 years and basically sat it out while Feyre fought for him, but imagine how Tamlin felt. He just had to sit there or his friends and court would be punished. Yes, Rhys had to be Amarantha’s whore for 50 years and that is absolutely unimaginable, but Tamlin was facing an eternity as her whore/plaything. Rhys was basically a plaything that Amarantha messed around with while she waited to get Tamlin.
  • Tamlin’s PTSD took the form of controlling everything and bottling up his emotions. Am I saying that’s right? No. But it is PTSD and he was struggling like Feyre was. And it doesn’t mean he can’t change, and grow, like Feyre did.
  • Do I think Feyre was the right romantic partner for him? Absolutely not. But I don’t think people should just write him off as a bag of dicks.
  • Feyre says it herself: he’s a protector and defender. He does what he thinks is best because he’s used to thinking that way.
  • Sidenote: I don’t think Tamlin doesn’t want Feyre to train because he just wants to keep her to himself because that makes zero sense. I think he doesn’t want her to train because he doesn’t want the word getting out and all the High Lords to come and attack her. He just wants to protect her because it’s the first time he can. It’s the first time he has his powers back and again, HE IS SUFFERING FROM PTSD TOO.
  • Again, not saying that way of thinking is justified, but I think people need to try to understand him more.
  • Feyre and Lucien don’t push him. They just let him win, all the time. I think if they pushed him, really made him listen, Tamlin could change.
  • I hate how they never discuss anything. Feyre just tries to work things out or justify his actions in her head. I’m NOT saying I want Feyre and Tam to end up together. But I don’t hate Tamlin and it makes me mad that he just had a total 180 personality change.

Best scenes:

  • Literally all of Rhys and Feyre’s flirting. I adore them SO much. Especially the scene where they’re talking about licking and Feyre is like “where do you want me to lick” and I was like damn girl get it. p. 290
  • When Feyre and Cassian are sparing and she just loses it and is like “it should have been me” and Rhys wraps her in his wings GAH I JUST LOVE THE GROUP DYNAMIC p.297
  • Rhys and Feyre talking on the roof and Rhys is all pissy and Feyre tries to comfort him or just try to break his shell because he did that so many times for her. p. 365
  • Just the entire scene of Rhys having the nightmare and Feyre comforting him. My heart is literally dead. p. 370
  • The starfall scene. I. Cannot. WHEN SHE SMILES AT HIM GAH DEAD p. 438

PLEASE read this book people. It will change your life.

 

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HOW TO KEEP YOUR BOOK SAFE DURING TRAVELS | ALISON

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When ever I leave the house with a book I am always afraid something is going to happen to it whether it be: The cover being bent, pages getting crinkled, something spilling on it.
Now I don’t have to worry, last year I discovered a company called Book Beau which is a book sleeve. They come in all kinds of sizes: The most popular being the “Indie Beau,” that one is my favorite size to use.
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I will be attending a book signing in October and I know I won’t have to worry about my books while I tote them around. ​I highly recommend using a book sleeve when it comes to protecting your books while you are traveling or out and about.
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BOOKIFIED – ‘Receive a letter from your favorite book character’ | NAJA

Hello my friends!

Last week I received this cute envelope in my mail and I decided to share with you all the bookish goodies that I got from an Etsy store Bookified.

 

“TSUNDOKU – the act of buying books and never reading them; letting books pile up unread in one’s home” 

Pretty relatable, right?!

My package contained a letter to Hagrid:

They offer a wide variety of literary letters in their shop, a perfect gift for every book worm!

This cute Harry Potter pin is another thing I received. I can’t wait to use it on my bookstagram photos and to start wearing it!

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Until next time,

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STRANGE THE DREAMER REVIEW | LAUREN

BEWARE OF SPOILERS!

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I’m empty inside, like I always am after a great book. I fell in love with the characters easy-peasie (except Thyon, still don’t like him), and had a great time loving them. The only thing about this book I didn’t find perfect was that I predicted a lot of the end. I knew Lazlo was going to be a godspawn way before it was revealed, so there wasn’t much surprise there. I even guessed that Minya would capture Sarai’s soul, but not how cruelly she handled it! That’s what broke me, but there’s so many possibilities for the next book, and I can’t wait to read it. I wonder if Lazlo’s going to go back to the ground and see how everyone reacts, but what if Minya forces Lazlo into something that kills everyone?! Anyways, my mind’s a huge jumble after this book and it gave me feels. But these are the things that make books brilliant, and I would read it again in an instant! The book’s unique, I would recommend it to lovers of The Raven Cycle series or the Darker Shades of Magic series. 🙂

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MY AUGUST READING GOALS | ANA PAULA

August is finally here! Which means the end of summer holidays has come (at least for me). Not many of you know, but I’m currently an IB student, which means I don’t have lots of free time. I’ve had to lower my reading goal up to 25 books this year. Also, having to read very tedious books for school last year got me into one of the biggest reading slumps I’ve ever been on. However, this summer, thanks to my beloved cousin Sofia, I could get over the slump and get back to reading.

Last month I read only 3 books, which wasn’t so bad considering all that happened this summer. This month I hope I can step up my game.

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I’ll be reading the following:

  1. Finish Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

This is my top priority, firstly because I’ve wanted to read this book for two years and because I couldn’t finish it last month. In this book, we follow Emma Carstairs’s and Julian Blackthorn’s stories, which happen years after the Dark War Clary and Jace took part on. I’m excited about going back to Cassie’s books, and also because she wrote the first accurate Mexican character I’ve read about.

  1. The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

The Dark Prophecy came out in May, and I still haven’t started The Trials of Apollo series! I haven’t read much about this book so I wouldn’t get anything spoiled, so what I know is that Apollo will be turned into a normal teenage-human by Zeus as punishment. I love Rick Riordan’s books, so I’m very excited about this one.

  1. Start A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin

A Song of Ice and Fire is one of my all-time favourite book series: and yes, I’m only on book 3. The world of George R.R. Martin gets more and more complex and interesting as the series advances. This being the longest book in the series contains lots of plot twists and, according so some of my friends, will change everything we know about Westeros. I’ll only be starting it this month, I’m sure I won’t be able to finish it.

  1. Reread Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling for book club

Who else joined the Pottermore book club? If you also did, you know these two-month’s read will be the second book of the Harry Potter series. I’m excited about it because as we reread them together, I’ve been able to notice and analyse what occurs during the books.

  1. Reread A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

I have no idea how many times I’ve read this Sherlock Holmes novel. This time, however, I’ll be rereading it for school. And besides, I will have to watch Sherlock for the class, so I won’t complain.

  1. Civil War: A MARVEL comics event

I’ve recently started reading comic books. I’ve always loved superhero movies, the geeky culture, and I’ve done research about it. However, it’s not the same as reading it for yourself. And I’ve only read House of M! So, this time, I’ll be reading Civil War.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF A LIBRARY IN YOUR KIDS LIFE | TANUSHKA

Hi, welcome (back) to Nocturnal Book Club Blog. I hope everyone’s doing great. Today I want to talk about something important, something that I see being unknown for newer generations. Nowadays we’re surrounded by technology, while it makes some stuff easier, it’s also making us forget how great things are without it.

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Now, we see young kids starting at the age of 5 or even younger with tablets and phones. They are not getting to know how what having an “awesome childhood” means, to want your parents or grandparents to read you a book, to tell you a story, take you to the park or to get you that awesome toy for Christmas. To me, that’s sad. To raise your kids without technology should be #1 in the Priority List. So here are my five reasons why a library is important in your kids life:

 

  1. It leads to more reading

Reading = Brain Food. As simple as that. Reading aids in brain development, especially during your child’s first 5 years of life.

 

  1. It’s fun and it saves you money

When your kids enter a library, they enter a whole world of entertaining stories. And, if you have a tight budget, taking them to the library is a plus.

 

  1. It gives them confidence

When they read a book and they identify with the hero or heroine they feel good and more confident with themselves because they know there’s someone out there just like them, even if it is a fictional character.

 

  1. Library time is active time

Now days librarians have ways of bringing children stories to life, which gives them the chance to interact with their favorite characters. For them, this is a magical time and it often happens in cozy corners with bean-bag chairs and lots of comfy pillows.

 

  1. Owning a library card teaches them responsibility

They learn to treat with care things that belong to others. He feels it’s his responsibility to take good care of it, he feels thrust worthy. So go get them a library card and take them out to celebrate.

 

So tell me, why do you think a library is important in your kids life? I would love to know. Don’t forget you can follow me on my social media.

 

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FICTIONAL BAD BOYS TO FALL IN LOVE WITH | GITHMI

Who doesn’t love a bad boy? I mean think of it. Every time a fictional bad boy comes along you want to befriend him, love him and make him a good boy. Right? Or, is it just me? I hope all of you can relate to this. And that’s exactly why I have a list of bad boy recommendations for you to fall in love with.

Draco Malfoy from Harry Potter

Now this is where I started my very first bad boy crush. Draco! The boy who
never had much choices. Now a lot of people may say this love is unhealthy
and boy, I know it! Who likes to deal with dark magic? But I firmly believe that
in spite of all the cruelty Draco does have a soft heart. A soft spot that
yearning to be found out.

Jacob Black from Twilight Saga

He is not portrayed as your typical bad boy but he does have qualities of a bad
boy and my love for him second to none. He sacrificed his love (even though
later we find out that his attraction to Bella is a whole different story.). I don’t
think any fictional bad boy does it. I love his possessiveness and how he cares
about what is his. If you want a fictional bad boy to love here you go!

Mr. Grey from Fifty Shades Trilogy

Breath! I know. I think everyone loves him in secrecy. Nobody’s willing say it
out loud. Now, he is not one of my all-time favourite bad boy lovers but I must
say at one point I did feel something for him. You know love is complicated
(wink). But if you want to trade with him, watch out girlies. Some men are
beasts in disguise.

Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice

Darcy is my favourite bad boy from classical literature. Talk about that
attitude! As much as I want to ignore him and pretend he is not my type, the
more I feel drawn to him. I swear if I meet real Mr. Darcy I will not fall for him.
I can’t stand the ‘I’m full of myself’ attitude. But Jane Austen’s story telling is
so good that you cannot help loving Darcy.

Peter from Divergent Trilogy

Peter is one adorable character. I know, I know. I have never felt like killing
someone than peter when I was first reading Divergent. He was so annoying
and evil. But his character development puts me in awe. He is just like Draco,
had a good heart waiting to be discovered. I think loving him would be a really
interesting experience.

Jackson from the Arcana Chronicles

Jackson is your typical bad boy who is not a bad boy type of guy. He is
charismatic, crude, mean, possessive and also loving. Yes. That’s him. One
thing I love about him is that he doesn’t abandon you no matter what. Even
though Evie and Jackson had issued towards the end of the story he actually
risked his life to help Evie. Now what more you want.

Lucian from Gilded Wings Series

Well this one is complicated. He is a good boy gone bad and again good. He is
a fallen angel. As in he is exiled from the heaven. But when he meets Haven
he needs to help for good. He needs to stop being evil and rescue the world
from Satan himself. We all deserve a second chance. So does he.

Iago from Othello

There’s absolutely no way to justify Iago’s pure evilness. His soul is black and
no one can argue with it. If you love someone whose souls is so dark there you
go. I don’t say I love him but there’s something about his confidence his
malice that makes you drawn to him. Or maybe it’s Othello’s and
Desdemona’s stupidity. I don’t know. But if you’re going to love him, also
know that you’re in for a lot of heartbreak.

That is my recommendations list for fictional bad boys to love. Do tell me if you’re
already in love with one of them or planning to devote yourself to one of these
charming boys. Also don’t hesitate to mention those who you think should be
included in this list.

Happy Reading!

 

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