Friday, 26 February 2016

IN MY MAILBOX: 26TH FEBRUARY 2016

It's the first In My Mailbox post of 2016!

Yep, I've been book shopping again, and I've actually had two rounds of book buying since the New Year but thought I'd put them into one post. Saving the blog environment over here! #StopTheBlogSpamming

Anyway, I've had some days when I've been able to just spend hours in the book shop, browsing and not having any need to rush. I would say these are carefully picked books but because I spent so long just looking, but... not so much. Eventually I'd realise how long I've been in a bookshop, think 'crap, just pick!' and get frustrated with myself. I'm one of the most indecisive people in existence, so yeah.

Anyhow, after all the contemplating, I picked. Come see what I got!

Here's a teaser:


Thursday, 25 February 2016

DOES AN ENDING CHANGE OUR EXPERIENCE OF THE STORY AS A WHOLE?

In the past year, a Would-You-Rather tag has been making rounds around the bookish blogosphere (and especially the vlogosphere). You may have heard of it. You may have seen it. You may have tried to film yourself answering it, only to find that you're fifty-seven kinds of awkward in front of a camera, then promptly deleted the recording and vowed to never face a lens again.

If you had come across it in any capacity, you'll have noticed this particular question:

Would your rather read a good book with a 'meh' ending, or a 'meh' book with a good ending?

As with all things bookish, there wasn't much of a consensus. As a community, we are many things, but agreeable isn't one of them. (Wait, no, we are agreeable. We just don't agree. We aren't unanimous. The concept of the status quo utterly eludes us.)

Which is a good thing, for the most part. But it does beg the question:


Tuesday, 23 February 2016

TOP 10 SONGS THAT DESERVE BOOKISH ADAPTATIONS

In these decidedly bookish places of the internet, we discuss adaptations incessantly. Books are being optioned for the big screen. Books are being optioned for TV. Books are adapting old books into retellings for a new generation. Comics are adapted into novels. Graphic novels are adapted into series.

We really like our adaptations here.

The one art form that rarely makes the cut, however, is music. And alongside books and visual arts, music is the missing piece of my triumvirate. I don't know a lot about movies. I don't know a lot about television. But music, ah...

... Sorry, I lost my train of thought and about two hours. I got sidetracked on Spotify.

Of all storytelling mediums, songs are ones with the least amount of adaptations into a bookish format. And it's high time we corrected this.*


(* FBI warning: I have the weirdest music taste ever, and I am unapologetic about it. If you find you've heard about one of the songs on the list below, it's most definitely a case of it's not you, it's me. Feel free to make your own lists and take your own less random picks.)





Saturday, 20 February 2016

BOOK REVIEW: TIDES BY BETSY CORNWELL



When high-school senior Noah Gallagher and his adopted teenage sister, Lo, go to live with their grandmother in her island cottage for the summer, they don’t expect much in the way of adventure. Noah has landed a marine biology internship, and Lo wants to draw and paint, perhaps even to vanquish her struggles with bulimia. But then things take a dramatic turn for them both when Noah mistakenly tries to save a mysterious girl from drowning. This dreamlike, suspenseful story—deftly told from multiple points of view—dives deeply into selkie folklore while examining the fluid nature of love and family.



Tuesday, 16 February 2016

TOP 10 OUT-OF-OUR-COMFORT-ZONE BOOKS

If there's a bookish equivalent of a blanket fort, it's the Comfort Zone. It's that genre we dash to when things get dicey in other genres. It's the age category which best suits whatever age we think we are inside. It's a fortification of pillows and plush and wool where nothing can hurt us.

You know the Comfort Zone. We either have it or we are in denial about having it.

Those who have come to embrace it as we have also learned to occasionally leave it. (Don't try this at home, kids.) It's a scary, scary world out there, but the blanket fort gets too hot and the air too stale, and we crab-crawl out for some fresh air and a pick-me-up.

Sometimes it works out in our favor.

These ten books are the most representative of those times.



Sunday, 14 February 2016

BOOK REVIEW: NEVER EVERS BY TOM ELLEN AND LUCY IVISON



Kicked out of ballet academy and straight into a school ski trip, Mouse knows certain classmates can't wait to see her fall flat on her face. Meanwhile, Jack looks forward to danger and girls, but hasn't a clue about either. That's until French teen sensation Roland arrives in the resort - who Jack's a dead ringer for. When Roland persuades Jack to be his stand-in for a day, Jack, in disguise, declares his feelings for Mouse. But what happens when he's no longer a pop star - will it be music and magic on the slopes?


spoiler-free

Thursday, 11 February 2016

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


Hello, my fellow book loving friends! It's that time of the month - the good kind - where I get to open my monthly goodness from Fandom of the Month.

*squee!*

Before I received this one, I already knew what the theme was, and I was a very, very, very happy girl! Want to know more? Well, you'll have to click on the 'read more' and find out because this one is a humdinger. 

I'll give you one teaser - it's a magical box.




*apparates into the post*

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

TOP 10 VALENTINE'S DAY BOOKS FOR EVERY MOOD

With casual readers, "I like romance" is enough of an identifier. They're steered toward the romance section and encouraged to pick at random. Or what's on sale. Or Twilight. But with seasoned, hardcore bookdragons, "I like romance" is A TERM FOR PLEBES. "I dislike romance" falls into the exact same category.

But what KIND of romance, really? What genre? What shippability? Friends-to-lovers? Enemies-to-lovers? Romance-in-the-background-as-characters-fight-for-their-lives? Or cute-romance-in-the-forefront-with-nothing-else-going-on? 

'Tis a daunting romantic world out there, friends. And today, in all our bookdragonish glory, we are sharing the various different kinds of books we appreciated for their various different brands of romances. After all, as Victoria Schwab put it last week, if we all gave people books instead of Valentine's and cards, the world would be a happier (or at least more ship-obsessed) place. So without further ado...



Sunday, 7 February 2016

BOOK REVIEW: THE DEMON KING BY CINDA WILLIAMS CHIMA


While out hunting one day, Han and his Clan friend, Dancer, discover three young wizards using a magical amulet to set fire to the sacred mountain of Hanalea. Han wrestles it from them, but without realising that his heroism has put him and his family in great danger. For the young arsonist is Micah Bayar, son of the High Wizard, and the amulet a treasure with immense power; it once belonged to the Demon King, the legendary wizard who nearly destroyed the world a millennium ago. The Bayars will stop at nothing to get it back.

Meanwhile, Raisa ana’Marianna, Princess Heir of the Fells, has just returned to the city after spending three years with her father’s Clan in the mountains. She aspires to be like Hanalea, the legendary warrior-queen who vanquished the Demon King and saved the world, but her mother has other plans for her – plans that will put both the queendom and Raisa’s future in great danger. The Seven Realms will tremble when the adventures of Han and Raisa collide in this stunning new page-turner from bestselling author Cinda Williams Chima.






Saturday, 6 February 2016

BOOK REVIEW: FIRE FALLING BY ELISE KOVA



Soldier… Sorcerer… Savior… Who is Vhalla Yarl?

Vhalla Yarl marches to war as property of the Solaris Empire. The Emperor counts on her to bring victory, the Senate counts on her death, and the only thing Vhalla can count on is the fight of her life. As she grapples with the ghosts of her past, new challenges in the present threaten to shatter the remnants of her fragile sanity. Will she maintain her humanity? Or will she truly become the Empire’s monster?

Fire Falling is the second book in the Air Awakens Series.


slight spoilers 

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

TOP 10 GENRE-STARTERS: FANTASY EDITION

Sometimes the bookish comfort zone is a difficult thing to escape. At times we all find that we tend to stick to the same genres and read the same stories over and over again. But this being the new year and all, the time is ripe for a change. But where to start? 

You've come to the right place. Please, take a seat. Coffee? A biscuit? Are you comfy? Marvelous. Today we are going to give you some easy, starter books for the magical genre that is fantasy.

This genre is one of the most popular among readers, so it's likely you've seen the odd book about the shops, Goodreads or anywhere on the internet. The thing is, it can be quite daunting going into something like fantasy, especially if you're used to something vastly different. The switch from paranormal is easy enough. The switch from classics/contemporary - not so much. And that is where we come in. We are here to help you, friends.



If, on the other hand, you already are a seasoned fantasy reader, do leave some suggestions for fellow bookworms who want to broaden their reading horizons. Us bookdragons have to stick together, after all.




Monday, 1 February 2016

BOOK REVIEW: AIR AWAKENS BY ELISE KOVA




 A library apprentice, a sorcerer prince, and an unbreakable magic bond...

The Solaris Empire is one conquest away from uniting the continent, and the rare elemental magic sleeping in seventeen-year-old library apprentice Vhalla Yarl could shift the tides of war.

Vhalla has always been taught to fear the Tower of Sorcerers, a mysterious magic society, and has been happy in her quiet world of books. But after she unknowingly saves the life of one of the most powerful sorcerers of them all—the Crown Prince Aldrik—she finds herself enticed into his world. Now she must decide her future: Embrace her sorcery and leave the life she’s known, or eradicate her magic and remain as she’s always been. And with powerful forces lurking in the shadows, Vhalla’s indecision could cost her more than she ever imagined




mild spoilers, nothing that'll ruin the book.