FAN ART: A COURT OF MIST AND FURY BY SARAH J. MAAS

"Be glad of your human heart, Feyre. Pity those who don't feel anything at all."

In these bookish/fantasy corners of the internet, A Court of Thorns and Roses needs no introduction. Especially not from us. Sarah J. Maas's series sent us shrieking and scrambling for Tumblr and analyses and re-reads last year. In my case, deviantArt joined the fray. Especially as - for the first time in forever - this consummate canon-girl went what seems to be the non-canon way. (If this sentence makes no sense to you, (a) you're living the right sort of life, and (b) Tumblr will help clear it up, but enter at your own peril - it's a fan's Narnia and you might never leave.)

And for me, the magic and the high-stakes boiled down to this: Feyre and Rhysand. Individually, and together. Whatever you may think of either, you can't deny they make an ingloriously glorious team - of co-conspirators if nothing else. (Though hopefully a lot else, because - as previously established on this blog - my anti-hero love knows no shame and offers no apologies.)




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HOW TO TRAIN YOUR TBR JAR

If you've noticed your To-Be-Read pile of books grow at an exponential (and alarming) rate and threaten to take over your life - you are not alone. This being January and the start of a new year, it also makes for a perfect opportunity to do something about it - or, at the very least, vow to do something about it. The road to an empty TBR is paved with good bookish resolutions.

But how, pray, does one tackle such a monstrous pile of monstrosity?

The answer: with organization! With glitter! With a really snazzy jar!  

Which sounds simpler than it is, really. We may be readers/bloggers/students/ employees/overlords/dragon tamers, but when it comes to organizational skills, most of us are in dire need of assistance.

By dire, I mean in-my-nightmares-I-am-being-chased-by-a-giant-calendar.
By assistance, I mean someone-pull-me-out-of-this-calamitous-quicksand-of-schedules-and-management.


Hello. My name is Someone. And I am here to help.




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BOOK REVIEW: NOVEMBER 9 BY COLLEEN HOOVER



Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.



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BOOK REVIEW: EMMY & OLIVER BY ROBIN BENWAY






Emmy’s best friend, Oliver, reappears after being kidnapped by his father ten years ago. Emmy hopes to pick up their relationship right where it left off. Are they destined to be together? Or has fate irreparably driven them apart?

Emmy just wants to be in charge of her own life.

She wants to stay out late, surf her favorite beach—go anywhere without her parents’ relentless worrying. But Emmy’s parents can’t seem to let her grow up—not since the day Oliver disappeared.

Oliver needs a moment to figure out his heart.

He’d thought, all these years, that his dad was the good guy. He never knew that it was his father who kidnapped him and kept him on the run. Discovering it, and finding himself returned to his old hometown, all at once, has his heart racing and his thoughts swirling.

Emmy and Oliver were going to be best friends forever, or maybe even more, before their futures were ripped apart. In Emmy’s soul, despite the space and time between them, their connection has never been severed. But is their story still written in the stars? Or are their hearts like the pieces of two different puzzles—impossible to fit together?

Readers who love Sarah Dessen will tear through these pages with hearts in throats as Emmy and Oliver struggle to face the messy, confusing consequences of Oliver’s father’s crime. Full of romance, coming-of-age emotion, and heartache, these two equally compelling characters create an unforgettable story.




non-spoiler review!

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TOP 10 FICTIONAL OBJECTS

There's reality, and then there's our reality. Sometimes the two align perfectly. But we read fantasy, tame dragons and battle evil overlords in our spare time. So sometimes they don't.

This top 10 is one of those times.

In reality-reality, people like their tools and gadgets sturdy and durable (don't make this dirty, we're a PG-blog). In Natalie/Lexie-verse, we like our objects magical. And this week, we've chosen the ten magical objects we totally don't own at all, like totally, we promise. But we, uh, dearly wish we did.

The wand chooses the wizard, Mr. Potter. But this week, for one and only time, the wizards humans are choosing the wand instead.




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BOOK REVIEW: ORIGIN BY JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT




Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive.

Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?

Together, they can face anything.

But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on?

And will they even be together?
 





possible spoilers for previous books


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THOUGHTS IN THE LIFE OF A BOOK PHOTOGRAPHER

The tale you are about to read is based on a true story. It follows the life of a book photographer in their quest for The Perfect Shot. On this quest, they will meet many a trial and tribulation. To document their journey for posterity, a series of experts have extricated and summarized these obstacles as the book photographer perceived them in a sequential (though not necessarily cohesive) series of thoughts.

Not suitable for children under the age of 0.



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TOP 10 UNPOPULAR BOOKISH OPINIONS

"Laugh as much as you choose, but you will not laugh me out of my opinion." - Jane Austen (well, a Jane Austen character, but... that counts)

Unfortunately, sometimes the opinions we have are unpopular on top of laugh-inducing, and we are alone in the bookish wilderness, left to our own devices with nothing but those opinions to keep us company. (And you can't eat opinions. This is an excellent example of a universally agreed-upon opinion.) Every now and then, however, we'll stumble upon another soul outside of Popularopinionville, fending for themselves.

"You've been cast out, too?! I thought it was just me!"

They forge friendships in the wilderness, those unpopular opinions. Or at least they give you someone to eat if worse comes to worse. So in the name of individuality, hipsterdom and potential wilderness-partnership, this week for our top 10 list, we've compiled our 10 unpopular opinions (well, 5 each) which we feel precious few out there share.

If you're firmly in Popularopinionville, we beg that you not stone us.
If you're out in the wilderness, please let us know. We do so welcome the company.



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2015 END OF THE YEAR SURVEY

One lonesome night two weeks ago found us drafting lists and drawing charts without a faintest clue on how to encompass everything that 2015 has been in a single post. We've found new bookish favorites (so much so that joining Tumblr was involved), we've suffered through mishaps-made-print. We've had blogging slumps, and then we met amazing bloggers who inspired us for months on end. We are creatures of contrasts! You name it, we've done it. So how, pray, does one fit that into a post?

Along comes one of the aforementioned amazing bloggers. And along comes this very post. (Thanks a million to Jamie over at The Perpetual Page Turner for putting this together. We'd be flailing without you, and it's not a very pretty sight. And thanks a million to Cait @ Paper Fury, for introducing us to Jamie. And structure. And half of Lexie's read list this year.)

Without further ado... 'tis gonna be a long one.


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BOOK REVIEW: I WAS HERE BY GAYLE FORMAN




This characteristically powerful novel follows eighteen-year-old Cody Reynolds in the months following her best friend's shocking suicide.

As Cody numbly searches for answers as to why Meg took her own life, she begins a journey of self-discovery which takes her to a terrifying precipice, and forces her to question not only her relationship with the Meg she thought she knew, but her own understanding of life, love, death and forgiveness.

A phenomenally moving story, I Was Here explores the sadly all-too-familiar issue of suicide and self-harm, addressing it in an authentic way with sensitivity and honesty.





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BOOK REVIEW: ILLUMINAE BY AMIE KAUFMAN & JAY KRISTOFF




This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.




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TOP 10 BOOK COVERS BETTER THAN WHAT'S BETWEEN THEM

Few can complain as thoroughly about anything as a reader can about book covers. It seems that, at long last, we've embraced our shallow, shallow cover-judging tendencies and we're running with them. But now more than ever, there's pressure on covers to do well. And when they don't, there's hell to pay.

Here at The Honest Bookclub, we've done our share of grumbling. We've featured covers we hated. And to counter balance it, we also featured our favorite covers. So now, as the antithesis to our previous attempt to convince you to read-a-book-despite-its-ugly-cover, we are featuring the covers which we feel are better than the books' actual content. We're subjective and (moderately) unapologetic and we favor The Grumbling Tangent.

Beware. Complaints ahead. (But also cover lust. The cover lust might help survive the other thing.)






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BOOK BOX SUBSCRIPTION REVIEW: FANDOM OF THE MONTH (DECEMBER)

Happy New Year, fellow book lovers! We hope 2015 was very kind to you, and that you discovered about a million great books. Here at The Honest Bookclub, we're wishing you a bookish 2016 full of new favourites and characters who become your friends for life.


Now, onto the real reason of this post. I received my Fandom of the Month box only 2 days after Christmas. Not bad, considering the Christmas period is hectic, and everything shuts. (Trying to get a dentist to look at my ongoing wisdom tooth pain has been just as much of a pain as the tooth has).


It has arrived, and I'm a happy bunny!


Even the sight of this box excites me. They're diddy and adorable! (And don't open this post if you've not yet received yours yet. Y'know, spoilers and all. Unless you want to be spoiled, in which case go ahead!)

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