#TheReadingQuest Quick Update: Day 11 ⏩ Day 20

Hello, Rita here! 🌼

Here we are again for another #TheReadingQuest update! You know the drill by now: it was created by Aentee @ Read at Midnight!

I’m really happy to say that I have finished Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien De Castell AND LOVED IT SO DAMN MUCH. (+357 pages read)

On sadder news… I could not get into Passenger 😦 I gave myself until thursday to try to get into the story but since it didn’t happen I just returned it to the library and now I need to find another one word tittle book to read instead of this (and can’t be a big book because… time). (+20 pages read)

Since I did not have any luck with Passenger I finally started Six of Crows!! I liked the Grisha trilogy way more than I expected and my original goal was just to read the SoC duology, so I’m over the moon for finally be reading it!! (+38 pages read)

And I have to confess I had a huge need to read some contemporary fiction or a classic so I could take a break from all the fantasy I’ve been reading in the past few months, so I started The Great Gatsby! This will count toward one of the side quests, probably for the Time Warp quest. (+69 pages read)

I also started using this spreadsheet by Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews that I found when I saw Catriona’s (@ Little Book Owl) video and it simplified my updates quite a bit 😂 In my TBR post I didn’t count those first pages when the story has not really begin, but I went back and changed it because it was too much work and oh well, lets just go with the total page count the books present us ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

 

And now the fantastic summarized character card:

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And lets not forget: amazing character art by Read, Think, Ponder!

 

And we are now more close to the end… Let’s see if my Mage can still finish this her literary quest!

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#TheReadingQuest Quick Update: Day 1 ⏩ Day 10

Hello, Rita here! 🌼

Here’s my first update for #TheReadingQuest created by Aentee @ Read at Midnight! You can find my sign-up and TBR post here. This update got a bit delayed because life I wanted to finish a book in that first week – what (spoiler alert) did not happen.

The first book I started was Os Passageiros do Tempo (a.k.a. Passenger) buuuuut it really didn’t stick with me… I was not in the mood for the whole prodigy-girl-really-wants-mother’s-attention-but-she-doesn’t-care-that-much BUT I do plan on read it and I hope to love it because time travel. I only read 28 pages and then decided to start A Senhora da Magia (a.k.a. Mistress of Magic). This one went a bit better, although I wasn’t able to finish it in that first week as I was hoping. But I did finish it on the 10th day! 👏👌👐

Now I started Traitor’s Blade which I’M LOVING and makes me miss the BBC’s tv series The Musketeers so damn much, altough the font size is so small my eyes are starting to yell for mercy. I have a feeling this one and the Six of Crows duology will be kind of a fast read compared to Mistress of Magic and Passenger, therefore I still have high hopes (*plays High Hopes by Kodaline on background*) for this readathon!

 

And now the fantastic summarized character card:

 

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And lets not forget: amazing character art by Read, Think, Ponder!

 

And how is it going for you? 😊

#TheReadingQuest Sign-Up & TBR

Hello, Rita here! 🌼 (I will never get over this Zuko fase)

Today I’ll be talking about my TBR for the reading challenge #TheReadingQuest which is inspired in video-game quests and has a bingo card type of challenge! This challenge was created by Aentee @ Read at Midnight and you can find all the information you need (the diferent characters you can choose [Mage, Rogue, Knight and Bard], how the HP and EXP points work, prizes, etc) in the original sign-up post. The amazing character art was created by CW @ Read, Think, Ponder and you can also find and follow her on Twitter and Instagram! And I would like to thank Glaiza @ Paper Wanderer for putting together this awesome post about how to make the character card with Photopea, without it I’m 100% sure I would end up editing it on Paint (and we all know it would be messy)! 😂

This will take place from August 13th to September 10th which is right on point since I’m having fun participating in reading challenges but I wanted a bit more time to read some books I’m dying to read for a couple of months now that fit these challenges.

 

And now to the TBR

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I decided to go with the Mage path (as you can see in my character card in the top of this post) because I have a lot of fantasy books I want to read 😊 Therefore my challenges will be the first down.

A book with a one word tittle: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken (although I’m cheating just a little because I’ll be reading the portuguese edition and it has more than one word in the tittle 🤐 – Os Passageiros do Tempo) – 379 pages = 37,9 HP

A book that contains magic: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo – 534 pages = 53,4 HP

A book based on mythology: A Senhora da Magia (Mistress of Magic) by Marion Zimmer Bradley (arthurian myth) – 305 pages = 30,5 HP

A book set in a different world: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – 489 pages = 48,9 HP

The first book of a series: Traitor’s Blade (Greatcoats #1) by Sebastian De Castell – 370 pages = 37 HP

 

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Since I choose some pretty big books I don’t realistically think I’ll be able to do any other character path but I may TRY to do a side quest (although I also find the buddy read really fun too)!

Expande: Read a companion novel or short story: Binti By Nnedi Okorafor (short story)

 

This is such a fuuuun reading challenge! I’ll try to revive my Bullet/Reading Journal to keep track of my points or simply use a spreadsheet that does all the work for me 😂 and will post an update in the end of every week! (If all goes accordingly to plan *crosses fingers*)

 

Will you participate in #TheReadingQuest and if so, what character did you choose? How will you track your points? And a fun one: will you do a buddy read with someone?

Wrap Up: #BTAT17

Hello, Rita here!

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I participated in the reading challenges of Booktube-A-Thon for the first time and I have to say: I’m not really a fan of readathons (I find them a bit stressful) but this was a lot of fun! I also took part in two of the instagram challenges and had fun with them as well 😊

Here is the wrap-up of the week!

#BTAT17 TBR and challenges:

1. Read a book with a person on the cover: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon ✔

2. Read a hyped book: A Long Way To A Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers ✖

3. Finish a book in one day: The Emperor’s Soul by Brandon Sanderson ✔

4. Read about a character that is very different from you: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon ✔

5. Finish a book completely outdoors: The Demon In The Wood by Leigh Bardugo (this seemed like a better choice than SoC 😂) ✔

6. Read a book you bought because of the cover: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ✖

7. Read seven books: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde ✔ / Treasure Island ✖ by R. L. Stevenson  and A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle ✔

I ended up reading 5 books and completed 4 challenges! I really wanted to read 7 books, but even though I picked up short books I guess I’ll have to try again next year (with some manga/graphic novels in my TBR for sure!).

I have really short reviews for 3 of the 5 books I read on my Goodreads, you can check them out by clicking the book titles above.

My favourite book was, without a doubt, When Dimple Met Rishi! I also really liked A Study in Scarlet and I’m very tempted to keep reading about the famous adventures of Mr. Sherlock Holmes while the new season doesn’t come out.

Instagram Challenges:

Day 3 – Take a photo of your current read in any type of reflection

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Day 6 – Take a photo of your current book with an item that matches its mood

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T5W (2 August): Book Covers You’d Live In

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Sam at Thoughts on Tomes and was created by Lainey at Gingerreadslainey. Here’s the Goodread’s group!

 

Ventos do Norte (Acacia #1) and Presságios de Inverno (Acacia #2), David Anthony Durham

Technically this is only one book, but here in Portugal they divided it in two (same with the rest of the series).

That palace and that ship… Yes, I would definitely like to live in that! Or in any of the portuguese covers for this series.

 

Nevernight, Jay Kristoff

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I’ll be honest: I would love to live in any art by Kerby Rosanes ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ It blows my mind everytime.

 

The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet, Becky Chambers

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This is my current read and I’d very much like to live in a place with this night sky view, pretty please!

 

With Malice, Eileen Cook

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This is such a beautiful cover, I’d love to go to Italy someday! (And read this book while in there!)

 

Magnolia, Kristi Cook

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This cover remainds me of the TV series Hart Of Dixie sooooo… Yeah, that’s pretty much the reason I choose this one 😂 I miss so much the people of that little town and their dramas!

T5W (26 April): Authors You Want To Read More From

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Sam at Thoughts on Tomes and was created by Lainey at Gingerreadslainey. Here’s the Goodread’s group!

 

I finally decided to do a Top 5 Wednesday!! This is a great prompt for me, because I tend to read a book from one author, like it a lot, think a lot about reading more books by that author and then I always end up delaying it to read other books by other authors I didn’t yet had the opportunity to read… And with this, lets start!

 

  • Brandon Sanderson

Last summer I had the awesome idea and opportunity to buy the boxed set of the Mistborn trilogy. So I marathoned the 3 books and IT WAS THE BEST READING EXPERIENCE I’VE EVER HAD. Since then I’ve been wanting to read more by Brandon Sanderson, particularly The Stormlight Archive series… And it still did not happen. I have high hopes for this summer, tho.

 

  • Patrick Rothfuss

Well, this is a special case. The last book I read in 2016 was The Name of the Wind and I loved it (ofc), but… Well, no one ready knows when the 3rd book will come out so I’ve been delaying reading The Wise Man’s Fear. But I really don’t think I can wait much longer. On the other hand my plan B for this situation is to read the 2nd book and then re-read the 2 books when I start to really miss the 3rd one 😂

 

  • Michael Crichton

I’ve read the portuguese editions of Timeline and Pirate Latitudes and I really liked the first one more than the other (but on the other hand… pirates). I don’ know how I still haven’t read Jurassic Park!!

 

  • Victoria Schwab

Have you ever deep down know that you just gonna love some books? Well, this happened to me with Brandon Sanderson and more recently with Victoria Schwab! In March I read A Darker Shade of Magic (in english but this is now published in portuguese!!) and I loved the magical writing style and how magical the story was. I’m pretty sure I can just buy the rest of the Shades of Magic series as well as The Archived and the Monsters of Verity duology!

 

  • John Scalzi

I’ve only read Old Man’s War by him, but I truly think I’ll really like his other books. The fun and light way he writes “”space sci-fi”” is something I need more in my life!

 

And what are the authors you need to read more from? I’d love to know! 😊

Review: A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1), V. E. Schwab

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Name: A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1)

Author: V. E. Schwab

Format: ebook

ISBN: 1466851376

ISBN13: 9781466851375

Genre: Fantasy > Magic, YA

Sinopse from Goodreads:

Kell is one of the last Travelers—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes—as such, he can choose where he lands. There’s Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, ruled by a mad King George. Then there’s Red London, where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne—a place where people fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London… but no one speaks of that now. Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see—a dangerous hobby, and one that has set him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations, first robs him, then saves him from a dangerous enemy, and then forces him to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive—and that is proving trickier than they hoped.

Little side note: Well well well… Do you ever get that gut feeling when you hear about a book/trilogy/series/author and you just know that you’re going to love it so you better just buy all the books? Well, that first happened to me with the Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson. I had that gut feeling telling me I was going to love it, so I bought the boxed set and I LOVED IT. I have the same feeling with… well, all Victoria Schwab’s books, but I ended up only buying A Darker Shade of Magic on ebook right before A Conjuring of Light came out because it was really cheap. Won’t make that mistake twice! I am now ready to buy ALL HER BOOKS. And with this, lets move on to the review!

Review:

The only thing I knew about this book was that its setting involved 4 different Londons from parallel universes: Black London, White London, Red London and Grey London, and that it also involved magic. Some Londons had more of it than others, some were more ruthless than others and one of them was no more. Parallel worlds? Better: parallel Londons? SIGN ME IN. And I have to tell you, I loved this concept from the begining… Just the idea of it! And I also have to tell you, it was wonderfully accomplished. It was so complex, full of mystery and intriguing. We have these worlds, each of them so unique that it wasn’t hard to keep up about which London our characters were in. I could easily keep reading about the world building. The way of traveling between them was also something I loved, aswell as the different languages spoken in each world and how the magic system worked. Here I am, still aching to know more about it, to keep being submerged in these alternative Londons.

About the characters… I don’t really want to tell much about them, let this adventure guide you to them and find it for yourself, I really think you’ll have a better reading experience this way (*fingers crossed* I truly hope you do). I loved the dinamics between the main ones, how the friendship between Kell and Lila evolved, although I’d like to see more of Kell and Rhy’s (Kell’s adoptive brother) friendship, and I also liked how we were able to see some situations from the point of view of some minor ones (very few, though), because I liked knowing that there were also  important things happening somewhere the main characters were not. How the characters from the different Londons perceived magic and how they thought it should be “handled” was also very interesting. Although I would like to get to know more about the characters, I’m fairly sure the next books will give me that.

I liked how the plot flowed and unfolded, the way we got to the situation that started this dangerous adventure to save the worlds (oh, the smuggling), the problems that the characters found along the way and how their perspectives were challenged by each other. But… I hoped there was a bit more to the ending, because I felt that, did I not know it was a trilogy, I would think it could very possible be a standalone.

I can not finish this without saying how Schwab’s writing is so, SO amazing! There where times when not much was happening but it was very hard for me to stop reading because the writing style was so compelling and I was appreciating the wording and how well it all fitted together. English is not my first language (I’m portuguese), but most times, while I was reading, I felt like it was (even though I didn’t know some words, but that’s what dictionaries are made for!), it played so smoothly and beautifully in my head.

(Rating) 4,25 stars. Why? BECAUSE I NEEDED MORE PAGES 😭 I really loved it, but I also really need a bit more of this world(s) and this story. I 100% recommend this to anyone who likes fantasy (especially magic), parallel universes, very special characters and a magical writing.

I’m really happy this is going to be translated to portuguese so I can push it on all my friends and recommend it to everyone!

(The Late Late) Wrap-Up: February (2017)

 

Hi! Here it is The Late Late February Wrap-Up! February ended up being a surprising good reading month! I finish reading the book I started in January and read 3 more books. (I hope the rest of the year will be like this 😂)

 

DSCN3279I started Nevernight by Jay Kristoff in January but I didn’t have time to finish it. Although I found the plot quite interesting there were things I disliked about it, specially the fact that it is a problematic book. You can read my (short) review here, where I link up a very important post that talks about its problems. But, once again I have to say it: this cover is stuning!! (2 out of 5 stars)

 

 

 

DSCN3469I’m an anthropology student at college and I’ve been recomended to read Raça e História (the original is in french but it translates to english directly as Race and History) by Claude Lévi-Strauss, by a last semester professor, so I finally picked it up! It’s a really short book (about 100 pages with big font) and although I was expecting something a little more mind-blowing, I liked it. (3 out of 5 stars)

 

 

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I have had The Gunslinger by Stephen King on my shelves for about 2 or 3 years, but 2017 will be the year I will read it, aswell as the second book in the Dark Tower series. Buuut…… It’s a strange fantasy book. It’s a western fantasy and although I haven’t yet watched Westworld I know it’s amazing and mind-blowing and because of it I was really into reading a western fantasy by Stephen King! I kind of DNFed it at page 60, but I’m going back to it during March and, hopefully, finish reading and liking it.

 

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To All The Boys I Loved Before by Jenny Han was the cute, light and fun read I was looking for after putting The Gunslinger aside! Sometimes it was painfully funny (in the sense that it was indeed funny but I would die if something like that happened to me) and sometimes I didn’t agree with her (lack) of reactions, but overall I liked it and I really want to read the next books!! (3,5 out of 5 stars)

 

 

DSCN3451I read amazing reviews about The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin and that was what made me pick it up instead of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. And, oh boy, I’m so happy I ended up choosing this instead! It’s such an increadible story about what happens… well, when life happens. And I won’t kid anyone: the fact that it was about a guy that owned a bookstore on a small island AND LIVED ABOVE IT played a great part in how much I liked the book. And the ending… It hit hard. It really is a beautiful story. (4 out of 5 stars)

 

Note to my future self: Remember to post the wrap-ups sooner 😌

I feel like I’m running against time to request books from my university’s library and that’s why some of the books featured in this wrap-up have a white tag. This library has so many books I want to read but that I’m not sure I’ll like them enough to spend money buying a physical copy or that I really want to read but can’t afford right now. Libraries speak to my soul 💖

Wrap-Up: January (2017)

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I wanted to try doing a wrap-up for quite some time, but it was only more recently that I started to read more each month (a year ago I would probably only read a book a month). Sooo I think I’m ready to try this out now!

I’m very happy with myself for starting this new year with an accomplishment of 3 books read and 1 other book started!

 

dscn3348-2I read The Pale Dreamer by Samantha Shannon right away in the first day of the month because it was a novella and only had about 70 pages. I really liked it! I read The Bone Season in November 2016 and really enjoyed it. The Pale Dreamer allowed me to go back to that world before I was able to get The Mime Order (which arrived yesterday 😁). I was very curious and wanted to know more about how Page started her life in the clairvoyant underworld and this prequel gave me what I was looking for, I only wish it was longer… (4 out of 5 stars)

 

dscn3334Next I finished read The Amber Project by J. N. Chaney and you can find my review here. I definitely liked the second part way more than the first one, but I understand we (kinda) needed the world building that was done in that part. But the second part of the book was exactly what I was looking for! Very sci-fi-ish and post-apocalyptic!! I really liked how ponderate our main character was and the friendship he and his friends shared. Although I guessed some things I really enjoyed it and would have bought the second e-book (I initially thought it was a trilogy but it seems it’s going to have more books) right away if it wasn’t only available on Kindle (because I have a Kobo). (4 out of 5 stars)

 

dscn3309I also read a portuguese classic named O Mandarim by Eça de Queirós. It was a nice story about a man who is offered a lot of money if he rings a bell that kills the previous owner of the money (not in a bloody way though, he would just… die). And I mean “nice” because it is also a story with a moral to learn: be careful with what you wish for, your conscience may never leave it alone! (3 out of 5 stars)

 

And lastly, I started Nevernight by Jay Kristoff but didn’t have the time to finish it.

I know, I have to admit that I kinda cheated because 2 of the 3 books I read were really short (O Mandarim has about 150 pages) and the other one I had started last year (but I still had about 250 pages to read), buuuut it was also THE month of my college exams so I think it’s quite fair 😂

I hope you guys have a good reading month! What was your favourite read? 😊

Review: The Amber Project (The Variant Saga #1), J. N. Chaney

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Ebook version of The Amber Project by J. N. Chaney (and Charlie making an appearence in the background)

 

I was really looking for a post-apocalyptic story that was not about zombies or vampires (really not my kind of post-apocalyptic stuff, I’m always looking for Revolution and The 100 kind of stuff), when I came across this on InstaFreebie and then I did some research and also found it in the author’s website!

The Amber Project is the first book in a saga set in a post-apocalyptic future. Here’s the Goodreads synopsis:

In 2157, a mysterious gas known as Variant spreads across the globe, killing or mutating most organic life. The surviving humans take refuge in an underground city, determined to return home. But after generations of failures and botched attempts, hope is beginning to dwindle. That is, until a young scientist makes a unique discovery—and everything changes. Suddenly, there’s reason to hope again, and it rests within a group of genetically engineered children that are both human and Variant.

Terry is one of these children, modified and trained to endure the harsh conditions of a planet he cannot begin to understand. After years of preparation, Terry thinks he knows what to expect. But the reality is far stranger than anything he can imagine—and what he will become is far more dangerous.

 

So… now on to my  opinion.

I have a lot of  thoughts on this, specially about the first part because I had some problems with it. To begin with, we are given dates in the begining of chapters and sometimes there were fashbacks and sometimes they were the dates of the present time. I got really confused several times and had to go back and forth to know if it was a scene from the past, or if had past some days, months or years. So, as we follow Terry, sometimes I didn’t think his reactions were the ones of a kid his age, it seemed like he was older (although there’s the whole genetically engineered thing, so they’re not 100% “normal” kids and not treated as such), but I wasn’t ever certain of his age (or the other kid’s).

I really did not like a male character, a professor, that is introduced to us a few pages after the begining. He’s just awful to the kids. On one hand I kind of get why he was like that, but it doesn’t change my overall opinion, being like that is several types of wrong.

The politcs play a great deal in the first part of the book and I understand that was necessary to set up the context and all of that. It wasn’t totally boring, but didn’t get me very invested either.

There were also a little diversity represented, but I had a hard time noticing it, although I’ll admit english is not my first language and some descriptions are hard do grasp, so it could just be my fault I didn’t pick it up sooner. (I’m working on this!)

But the second part (literally after 50%) I really enjoyed! I won’t get into detail, but my problem with the dates and even the professor were almost totally gone. It was what I was looking for since I began reading it! I also really liked the setting, it was totally what I wanted for a world that had to endure such a change, and also how the plot went after they got to the surface.

I reallyyyy liked how Terry reflected on the things that were going on and made ponderate choices, as well as the relationship with his friends. For a moment I thought that it was heading to a miscommunication type of plot (and that really annoys me), but it didn’t! For me there were not made stupid decisions just so they would run to danger or to have some “””plot twist””” and I realy liked that. I was like “yes, that makes sense”. There were just two things I found predictable, but it didn’t bother me a lot, just a little bit, so I’ll leave it be and blame it on the naivety of their age and lacking experience of… Life, I guess (although they have quite a training and conditioning… Mixed feelings).

So, I really liked it, especially the second part, but I can’t ignore the first one. I think J. N. Chaney did a really good job in this sci-fi post-apocalyptic book and it gave me the vibes of Fragment by Warren Fahy (this was the book that got me into sci-fi, but that’s a story for another day).

It took me forever to write this review because I couldn’t decide about the rating. So… I’m gonna go with what was a 3,5 star reading, but I’ll now round it up and give it 4 stars! As I said before, I got the ebook from free, but I was when I noticed that the ebooks are only available on Kindle because I have a Kobo… I would really like to continue with The Variant Saga, I’m just not sure on how or when, but I really recomend it!

 

Have you read The Amber Project, another book in the trilogy or have you read them all? I would love to hear about it, so leave a comment below! 😄