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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Beware the READING SLUMP !!!! (What to do, not do and general advice)


Aaah Reading Slumps..., the bane of all readers.
Here are tips and tricks to get out of the dreaded reading slump, while these will not work for everyone as everyone is unique it does personally help me.

1. Do something else: I will often go out and see a movie or watch a TV show I'd been meaning to see. This is one of the best things to do, sometimes taking a couple of days off reading is the best solution.

2. Read a graphic novel or comic: While this advice can seem strange since a reading slump makes you unable in a way to read. I personally find that reading a quick book that has more images than anything else will make me want to read something else after.

3. STOP TRYING TO MAKE YOURSELF READ, this will only worsen or make your reading slump longer. Unfortunately it even made some people stop reading for a year or just lose their love of reading.

4. Try to not be so hard on yourself, take some "me time", go to the spa, take a bath..., the possibilities are endless you just need to take a deep breath and let go for a while.

Ultimately, a reading slump is just a natural thing, when you over do something more often than not you will be unable to do it for an extended period of time; and so my final advice is to read at your pace. Often we will try to read more or go faster and while that may work for some, don't be discouraged or frustrated and over do it if it isn't the case for you. Everyone is different and so your reading journey will never be an exact copy of someone else's experience. The goal is having fun, so don't be afraid to take a break and only do it when it feels like a good time once more !

-Bookarina


Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Tricks to Help take Stickers and Sticker Residue Off your Books !

Here are little tips and tricks I learned over the years to take stickers, sticker residue and dirtiness of books.
First thing you need to know is that it will NOT work on book surfaces that are like paper, like parchment or otherwise, in these cases unfortunately it would most likely only damage them more.

When you have those annoying stickers  and haven't tried to take them off yet you can:

1. Use an hair dryer, just hold it at a reasonable distance and not overly long time as it could burn the book; touch the sticker with your finger until it is hot, or really warm then work fast and carefully lift it.

2. In some cases those stickers if you pull them slowly towards the other end of the sticker and keeping it close to the book sort of dragging it until it is gone.


When you have tried and it didn't work or there is just dirt and sticker residue on your book:

1. Use liquid lighter fluid, put some on brown paper or a tissue; a small amount will do and rub it in circular motions.

2. On mate pale covers you can use an eraser and rub the sticker residue off, do it gently and then lightly apply water on a dry towel to take some of the difference off and make it look more uniform.

3. You can also use a little bit of rubbing alcohol on a cotton pad to gently take the residue off.


Here it is some methods to take the stickers and sticker residue off your books, I hope this helps !

-Bookarina

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Five Must Read YA Fantasy

Here are five must read YA fantasy, not to say that there aren't many more that are amazing, but these ones are some of my favourites.

1. To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
To Kill a Kingdom
This is a standalone fantasy; it's a dark retelling of the little mermaid.
Where the little mermaid has to take a heart every year !
I cannot recommend this enough, it is beautifully written and one of the most originals retelling of the little mermaid I have ever read.


2. An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
An Enchantment of Ravens
This novel is also a standalone fantasy that is about a young girl called Isobel a prodigy who paints and a fae who orders a portrait from the young artist, she makes a mistake that could cost her her life, she paints human emotion into his eyes.
She is then whisked away by Rook to the fae lands to await her trial in the autumn lands.

3. Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)
This is the first book in a fantasy trilogy, each book has a different main character. While they are different they are set in the same world and they do intertwine which is really interesting.
This is set in a world where some people get powers, Katsa our main character has the power to kill a man with her bare hands, due to that she is the kings thug. She kills whomever he wants her to. Enter Prince Po.
This world is beautifully made, it is political and extremely well written.

4. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

The Goose Girl
This is the first book in a series this is the retelling of The Goose Girl, Ani the crown princess of a kingdom has the feared power to communicate with birds, seen from afar due to her difficulty to communicate  and connect with humans. Sent to marry a prince in a foreign kingdom she gets caught in a mutiny. With no one to turn to for help in a foreign country or to trust she becomes a goose girl responsible for the care of those birds in the kingdom where she will have to use her powers to fulfill her destiny.

it can be read as a standalone !

5. Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

This is the first book in a 6 books series; while this is not my favourite in the series this is what started it all and so it holds a precious place in my heart.

We follow the story of a most notorious assassin Celaena Sardothien, she is recruited by the prince to enter a deadly tournament to become the kings assassin. 


Here it is some of my favourites and some less known/extremely well known stories in the YA fantasy,
-Bookarina

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren Book Review (ARC)

Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren (ARC)


Twice in a Blue Moon

First of All thank you Simon&Schuster for providing me with an Arc.
Disclaimer-This doesn't affect my review-

This book was wild ride,
I loved the second chance romance and how the characters had grown individually in between the time stamps. As always I am a HUGE fan of their writing style and storytelling, this was no different.
The only book I have ever not loved by them was Half Night Stand and that’s because of the cat-fishing aspect of it that just rubbed me the wrong way.
Anyhow, Twice in a Blue Moon we get a similar “not meant to be a funny book (as in you don’t read all the time laughing out loud)” such as Rommies was, there were a couple of funny moments though !
I love seeing Sam and Tate igniting their feelings for each other a second time; While the Hollywood actors setting is not for everyone the angst and the misunderstandings did make it all worth it for me in the end.
Overall, while this was not one of my favourite Christina Lauren novel I did really enjoy it. Though it wasn’t one I will go back and read parts of it or remember vividly each details of it.
3.85/5⭐️
Bookarina.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

5 Quotes from They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera

They Both Die at The End by Adam Silvera

They Both Die at the End
1."No matter how we choose to live, we both die at the end."

2."There has to be more to life than just imagining a future for yourself. I can't just wish for the future; I have to take risks to create it."

3."[...] love is a superpower we all have, but it's not always a superpower I'd be able to control. Especially as I get older. Sometimes it'll go crazy and I shouldn't be scared if my power hits someone I'm not expecting it to."

4."I only care about people who want to be in my life."

5."My Last Message would be to find your people. And treat each day like a lifetime."

There it is, it is a beautiful book (one of my favourite of all times) that has so many moments where you feel for the characters. It also makes you wonder about the meaning of life and how you should live it to the fullest. Also it is a highly quotable book.

-Bookarina

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Circe by Madeline Miller Book Review

Circe

Circe is inspired by the classic Greek mythology tale of well Circe, this however takes us on a journey as we see what happened through her eyes.
It is written in such a beautiful way, Madeline Miller's writing and storytelling style truly transports and captivates you from the first to the last page, making you think about the story long after it has finished.
Circe was such a lovely character, I loved seeing her progress and how she evolved and changed throughout the story. It was truly a unique take on her, while still staying true to the original tale.
I partially read it in the physical format and partially listened to it on audiobook and I have to say both were a delightful experience, on both accounts I could feel how Circe felt and feel compassion, anger and sadness for what she was put through. I loved seeing how the gods interacted with each other and the mortals. I also really enjoyed seeing how much not only she but other people changed. The way her family and other gods saw her as nothing but an ugly, powerless thing that never should've existed in the first place. The Dynamics between the gods and the Titans was also super interesting, you could still hundreds of years after the great was see how that changed them. Furthermore the compassion and wonderment certain gods had for humans was also so well expressed by the author.
While this one wasn't my favourite of her books (I am trash for her other novel honestly: love it so much), I really had a great time reading it definitely a top book I have ever read.
Overall, I am a huge fan of Madeline Miller's books, her other book "The Song of Achilles" was also a huge hit for me and is one of my favourite books. I have, after reading this one, to recommend her books with a huge READ IT sign because they truly unique.
I cannot recommend this novel enough !

5/5 stars

-Bookarina

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin book review

Welcome to this book review !
Serpent & Dove (Serpent & Dove, #1)
First of all the cover, how beautiful is this ! Also, this is the witch story I was waiting for, setting see I never really got over my love for witch stories. This one is one of a kind, there's the hate to love romance and super loveable characters !
This magic system is also quite unique and I loved the medieval French setting, the story takes place when a witch and a witch-hunter are forced to marry, but the witch-hunter doesn't know she's a witch.
Our main character is very funny and I loved how witty she was, the dynamic between the characters were beautifully made, I loved the friendship between Coco and Lou.
It also had many twists and turns that I wasn't expecting, I was thoroughly entertained the whole time, the story really picks up around the 50th page, the world is captivating and I loved that there wasn't insta-love in this novel.
READ THIS NOW; it's one of the best witch book I have read in a long time !
5/5 stars
-Bookarina

Friday, October 11, 2019

5 comic, graphic novels and manga series to check out for the Spooky Season !

Here are three comics you really should think about reading, especially during this starting and continuing spooky season. Of course I'll try to mention comics that I haven't previously mentioned as to give more options !

1. Moonstruck series by Gracemail Ellis, Shae Beagle, Kate Leth, Caitlin Quirk & Clayton Cowles
Moonstruck, Vol. 1: Magic to Brew (Moonstruck #1)
This series is set up in a world where every supernatural creature lives and coexists in a world much like our own. It's a super cute queer romance story, a lot of it happens in a coffee shop as it is where our main character works.
The story is beautiful you made, there are mini stories and adventures along the way which are also super well developed.

2. The Backstagers series by James Tynion IV, Rian Sygh & Walter Baiamonte
The Backstagers, Vol. 1: Rebels Without Applause
This is a story following a group of students who work Backstage in a school, thus they are the backstagers. This is a special kind of Backstage as in their club room there is a magic door that opens to a parallel sort of backstagers universe where they have adventures and get the necessary supplies to make the stage and set up the special effects for the shows.
This also has diverse and queer characters,

3. The Girl from the Other Side by Nagabe, Adrienne Beck & Lys Blakeslee
The Girl from the Other Side: Siúil, A Rún, Volume 1
This is an adorable Manga series about a little girl who lives with an outsider far from the human villages. You start the story without knowing much which is in my opinion the best way to go into it. This is a very atmospheric story, it's dark and very captivating.

4. Atelier of Witch Hat series by Kamome Shirahama
Atelier of Witch Hat, Vol. 1 (Witch Hat Atelier, #1)
This series is adorable and somehow very dark ? I was not expecting it to have such a dark turn, but that's spoilers so hum...; This is the story of a young girl living in a village, when her family gets visited by a magician she does the unthinkable looking at him performing a spell. Due to those who aren't magicians being prohibited from knowing the secrets behind the magic, she gets taken in as an apprentice to save her life.


5. Blackbird by Sam Humphries, Jen Bartel & Trionna Farrell
Blackbird, Vol. 1
This graphic novel series just started, this is one to keep an eye out for.
It all starts in a supernatural catastrophe where our main character will be left alive, only for it to be solved and to discover that unlike everyone else she can remember it all. She then goes on a journey to discover what really happened and the truth behind the beings/humans that erased the memory of everyone.


Here it is, the mini condensed list of ideas for this reading spooky season !
Have a good time,
-Bookarina.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

5 great adult Paranormal Romances you should read !

Here are five great paranormal romances you should check out for this spooky (or even when it's not) season. This is in no particular order, but here it is:

1. Leopard's Fury by Christine Feehan
Leopard's Fury (Leopard People, #8)
This book is with leopard shifters, I loved reading it. If you want a steamy fun read this is it!


2. Matefinder by Leia Stone
Matefinder (Matefinder, #1)
This series is a trashy but like somehow good series. It's in a world where werewolves don't always find their soulmates, it basically takes a really long time since they otherwise can't have kids.
The main character basically gets her life saved by an alpha and discovers she is his soulmate. She is a strong main character and we also get a biracial romance so YAY diversity !

3. Captured by Erica Stevens
Captured (The Captive, #1)
This is a vampire series set in a dystopian future where vampires took over and humans are living in a medieval like era. It's a love story between a vampire Prince heir to his father empire and a human girl fighting for the Resistance who is capture and bought as a slave by the Prince during an auction.

4. Dragon Heat by Ella J. Phoenix
Dragon Heat (Dragon Heat #1)
This is a great series that is a LOT of fun. There's a mystery that a draconian princess while is trying to solve murders and must ally with her enemy the vampire King !

5. Games of Fate by Kris Austen Radcliffe
Games of Fate (Fate Fire Shifter Dragon: World on Fire Series One, #1)
When the main character starts to get visions of the world ending, she is a young activated fate. Landon a centuries old dragon shifter and his friends embarc on a journey to protect her. She is also his key to redemption, they will need to overcome their own demons to save the world.
This has a great storyline which I really loved, and also a lovely romance so that was amazing !


I highly encourage you check those out !!

Monday, October 7, 2019

Loki : Where Mischief Lies by Mackenzi Lee Book Review

Loki: Where Mischief Lies

I would like to say that I am slightly biased on two accounts, first I LOVE Loki so yeah and secondly Mackenzi Lee has one of my favourite story telling and writing style.
This was a quick and funny read, there wasn't a moment where I was bored or waiting for something to happen. This was quick paced and while I did wish that Loki had used more magic, this was a beautiful character driven story where Loki learned to accept who he was versus who everyone had in mind he was.
There were a lot of amazing moments in this book, the climax was great and I loved seeing what pushed him to become the Loki that we know in the marvel movies, I was rooting for him, sad, mad and happy for him in equal parts.
I wished there was more as the author truly made me fall in love even more with the character; which I didn't think was possible.
I totally recommend picking this up !

5/5 stars

-Bookarina

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Pumpkin Heads by Rainbow Rowell & Faith Erin Hicks

Pumpkin Heads

4/5 stars

If you are looking for a cute fall graphic novel, this is it ! This graphic novel is set in a pumpkin patch; where two best friends spend their last day working there (during their last year, as they are going to be heading to university). The art is delightful, it is truly atmospheric and makes you feel like this is a real place on earth, where those characters exist and live their lives.
The story was truly enjoyable, it is a very quick read and the only hiccup I had was not getting enough of them, I felt like something was missing; as I was reading the last page of this book it didn't feel like I was quite done with this story yet. I still had so many questions and so much more I wanted to see/know about them.
While I had a really good time reading it, there is a couple of instance where I felt it was going too fast and others too slow. The main characters do spend the evening together, trying to find Josiah's crush so that he can confess before the end of their last day there. Deja is an amazing friend that pushes him to find her before it's too late, to take his future in his hands and see if there's something that could happen between Fudge girl and him.
I loved the dynamic between Deja and Josiah and how they stopped for snacks along the way (Deja's side mission) and the overall friendship they shared.
The adventure across the pumpkin patch was really lovely and definitely put me in fall vibes as this season is starting.
I definitely recommend this read as it is perfect for fall and just perfect for setting the mood!
Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks truly delivered a beautiful story together and I hope they make many more for us in the future.

-Bookarina

Thursday, October 3, 2019

What I read In September 2019 !

Here is what I read this month and their ratings:
1.Nevernight by Jay Kristoff : 5/5 stars


2. Fence vol.3 by C.S. Pacat : 4/5 stars


3.  Harp of Kings by Juliet Marillier 3.85/5 stars


4. Made For You by Anyta Sunday : 5/5 stars


5. Aced (Preslocked #01) by Ella Frank : 4/5 stars


6.Locked (Preslocked #02) by Ella Frank : 4/5 stars


7.Wedlocked (Preslocked #03) by Ella Frank : 4/5 stars


8.Illegal Contact by Santino Hassell : 4/5 stars


9. The Alpha's Claim by Holley Trent : 3/5 stars


10. Changing Lines by R.J Scott & V.L. Locey :  3/5 stars


11.Heat (Dragon's Destiny: Fated Mates #01) : 3/5 stars


That's all I read in September, I had a reading slump the first half but I read more during the last couple of days !

-Bookarina

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

On The Ice (Stick Side Book 1) by Amy Aislin

I haven't felt this emotional in a long time.
On the Ice (Stick Side, #1)

This book was so unexpected in the most unexpected way possible, this is the love story set in 2007/2008, between an NHL hockey player called Alex who broke his arm and is visiting his grandfather during his remission and a college student  called Mitch whom is both a math genius and an amazing hockey player; the story truly takes off when after a couple encounters Alex ends up being Mitch's tutor for his creative writing class.

 I loved them together, but what really got to me is seeing/reading about someone like me, a demi-sexual person and it truly touched me. I just felt so compelled by Alex's story the representation he brought to demisexuality and how true it felt and similar in ways to my experience with it even though I'm not a man like him.

Storyline wise it touches a lot of hard subjects in the most delicate and intricate ways, it really makes you slowly fall in love with both the main characters and their friends. Cody was such an amazing friend to Mitch, and while his father (Mitch's) is present I loved how they portrayed the difficulty he has with his mother who wants him to quit hockey "not a real job"  and his brother who wants nothing to do with him anymore; there was also a great deal of why Mitch wants to stay in the closet, since being gay in sports is a taboo especially in Hockey in 2007/2008. On Alex's side of things he struggles with the sickness of his grandfather, the pressure of being a professional Hockey player and the book he has to write about it.

Overall this is one of the best books I have read with these themes being in it; furthermore, it brought me the same feelings as the first time I could see my experience of bisexuality when reading Autoboyography by Christina Lauren for the first time.
I HIGHLY recommend it !
5/5 stars.
Bookarina