The Goodreads Tag

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Hey everybody,

since I’ve only been posting book reviews for the last couple of weeks, I thought it would be good to do something different again and I was in the mood for a bookish tag. Just like many other people, I love Goodreads and it’s the first website I turn to when I need to know if a book I’m interested in is worth buying or not. That’s why I decided to finally do the ‘Goodreads Tag’ which I’ve stumbled upon quite a few times during the past couple of years.

This tag consists of 12 questions and I’m excited to answer them.

1: What was the last book you marked as ‘read’?

‘Wonder Woman: Warbringer’ by Leigh Bardugo.

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I absolutely loved this book and I still can’t really believe that my copy came early. It’s definitely one of the best books I’ve read this year so far.

2: What are you currently reading?

I just started reading ‘Her Book Boyfriend’ by K. R. Grace which I’ll try to finish and write a review for before it will be published on Friday.

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I’m also still listening to the audiobook of ‘The Siren’ by Kiera Cass. But even though I love that I can just listen to a book while doing other things, I just never seem to get through them because I actually just prefer holding a book in my hands. So I really don’t know how much longer it will take me to finish this audiobook or if I’ll even ever finish it or just get myself a physical copy instead.

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3: What’s the last book you marked as ‘to read’?

‘Batman: Nightwalker’ by Marie Lu.

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Like I said, I absolutely loved ‘Wonder Woman: Warbringer’ and so of course I’ll have to read the next book in this series.

4: What book do you plan to read next?

‘Dear Delilah’ by Tamsyn Bester.

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I was sent an ARC of this book and it came out last week. So I really need to read it but I’m also very excited for it. I think it’s gonna be one of these books I’ll just fly through and that’ll just allow me to forget about my everyday stress for a bit.

5: Do you use the star rating system?

Of course I do, I just wish they would finally add the option to give half stars and not just full ones.

6: Are you doing a 2017 reading challenge?

Yes, I am. I originally set myself the goal to read 40 books but then upped it to 50 earlier this summer. I’m now at 46 books read this year and I’m very happy with that.

7: Do you have a wishlist?

Nope.

8: What book do you plan to buy next?

I still need to preorder ‘Without Merit’ by Colleen Hoover and ‘Tower of Dawn’ by Sarah J. Maas.

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9: Do you have any favorite quotes? Would you like to share a few?

One of my favorite quotes that I’ve also liked on Goodreads is one that really made me laugh when I first read it.

‘When life gives you lemons, make sure you know whose eyes you need to squeeze them in.” – Colleen Hoover, Ugly Love

But there are still a lot of other quotes I really liked and you can find all of them here.

10: Who are your favorite authors?

J. K. Rowling, Cassandra Clare, Leigh Bardugo, Paige Toon, Colleen Hoover, Sarah J. Maas and a couple more. I just can’t narrow that list down to only two or three authors 😀

11: Have you joined any groups?

Yes, I’m part of 5 groups. Goodreads Librarians Group, Keep it Diverse, Polls for our Souls, Goodreads Feedback and Forgotten YA Gems.

12: How many shelves do you have on Goodreads?

Too many 😀 I have a total of 24 shelves.

And that’s it for the tag! If you decide to do this tag as well, leave a link to it in the comments because I’d love to check it out. And don’t forget to add me on Goodreads 🙂

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Review: A Darker Shade of Sorcery by William Collins

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Synopsis

The lonely and grieving Evan Umbra is the newest Venator to enter Veneseron, the school for demon hunters.

A Venator is a wizard, a spy and a demon hunter rolled into one. They’re taught how to wield their sorcery and enchanted weaponry by orcs, elfpires and aliens alike.

Their missions range from battling monsters and saving countless lives in the multiple worlds, to the more peculiar, like wrangling killer unicorns and calming down drunken yetis. In their free time Venators enjoy goblin soap-operas and underwater bubble travel, but they also understand that every new mission they’re given could be their last.

Whilst learning how to manipulate the elements, summon creatures to fight for him and shoot Spellzookas, Evan encounters a dangerous rival and meets a girl who makes him feel nauseous; but in a good way. He makes the first friends he’s ever had in the carefree Jed and the reckless Brooke. Whilst Jed gets on the wrong side of a rival Venator, Brooke finds herself falling for the enigmatic demon hunter who brought her to Veneseron, not knowing he isn’t quite human. But it soon becomes apparent that Evan is more than just a Venator. Everyone wants to kill or capture him, from demons to Dark-Venators and even people he’s supposed to be able to trust.

Evan reckons he probably won’t survive his first year at Veneseron.

 

My Review

*Thanks again to the author for sending me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

When the author approached me and asked me if I was interested in reviewing his book, I was very intrigued by the synopsis of it and felt like ‘A Darker Shade of Sorcery’ would be a book that would absorb me and keep me on the edge of my seat. I continued thinking that at the beginning of it because it started out being really interesting. You get to read about the world he created in these books and I felt like the idea of this book has a lot of potential. Overall, it’s also very well written and I really enjoyed Will Collins’ writing style.

But those are the only positive things I can actually say about this book. I soon got a little bored with it because the first 80% of the book are only world building. He almost solely described the demon hunter school the main characters went to, which generally wasn’t a bad thing because I liked the idea of the school. But at some point, it just started being too much and I could barely remember all the information that was given in the books.

Every day he wrote about new classes the characters took, new things they had to learn and new places they went to in the castles and I just couldn’t remember all of it. Due to all the descriptions, there also weren’t many moments that gave the reader the chance to start feeling connected with the characters which is why I also wouldn’t really care if anything would happen to them. I must admit that I was a little fond of Brooke but I think it was mainly due to the fact that she was a teenage girl just like I’ve once been. Evan on the other hand, who I think was supposed to be the actual main character, was a character I felt absolutely no connection to and I sadly didn’t care about him at all.

There were also a few things that didn’t really make sense. For example, at one point they’re told that they’ll soon take their ‘apprentice trials’. Brooke is supposed to take them 2 weeks from that day and Evan another week later. But at the beginning of the next chapter it is said that a month had gone by and I thought they had just taken their trials during that time. But instead they were still a couple of weeks from their trials which would’ve been fine if there had been an explanation as to why their trials had been postponed but instead the story just continued as if nothing had changed. Once the trials then took place, I must also say that I was a little disappointed by them. More than half of the books was just about them working towards those trials and then they were done with them within three or four pages and I also didn’t really understand how they were supposed to work or what their actual tasks in the trials were.

Due to all the things I unfortunately didn’t like about this book, I also started losing interest in it the closer I got to the end of it. That also didn’t change when things started to get a little more action-packed during the last 10% of the book even though there were a couple of interesting things happening then that I didn’t expect to happen.

All in all, I would describe ‘A Darker Shade of Sorcery’ as a mixture of Harry Potter and The Mortal Instruments. It’s a book that generally has a lot of potential but in my opinion, it would’ve been a lot better if there had been less world building and more moments during which the reader would’ve been able to build up a connection with the characters. That’s why I can only give 2.5 out of 5 stars to this book and I don’t think I will pick up the next book in the series.

Have you already read ‘A Darker Shade of Sorcery’ and did you like it? 🙂

Fifty Bookish Questions 

Hello everybody and welcome to my blog! On here I’m going to blog about everything that has to do with books but I’m sure you’ve already guessed that from the title.

I’m Nina, I’m 18 years old and I love reading and writing books. I decided to make this blog after having had my bookish Instagram @theeenchantingbooks for a few months now.

I actually didn’t know what my first post on here should be about; but then I found this awesome bookish questions tag on mylittlebookblog.com and thought that this would be a great way to tell you all a little more about my reading habits.


1. What was the last book you read?
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.

2. Was it a good one?

It was one of the best books I’ve ever read and it made me cry my eyes out.

3. What made it good?

The main characters, their story, the topic of the book – literally everything.

4. Would you recommend it to other people?

YES! I’d recommend it to everyone.

5. How often do you read?

If I’m not in a reading slump, I try finding time to read a few chapters every day.

6. Do you like to read?

Of course I do.

7.What was the last bad book you read?

I don’t actually remember. I think I haven’t read a book I’d call bad in a very long time. But the first book that came to my mind was actually Allegiant by Veronica Roth.

8. What made you dislike it?

Well, I absolutely loved Divergent, but I was already having trouble getting through Insurgent because I just felt like she could have ended the series after 1 1/2 books. However, there was no chance I would’ve ever been able to get through Allegiant. I just didn’t like the plot and felt like she just wanted to find something to write about (I’m not trying to be mean.).

9. Do you wish to be a writer?

Yes and no. I love writing and have already written an entire novel and a few short stories which I have published on Wattpad. But I don’t think I’m good enough at it to be a published author.

10. Has any book every influenced you greatly?

Yea, there have definitely been lots of books that have influenced me even though I couldn’t name all of them right now. I just feel like reading in general has always been a huge influence on me and my life.

11. Do you read fan fiction?

I’ve read a few ones in my life, not because of the celebrities or the fandom but because those had great plots and were well written. But usually I don’t read fan fiction.

12. Do you write fan fiction?

No.

13. What’s your favorite book?

I honestly don’t have an answer to this question. There are lots of books out there I love and I couldn’t name all of them but some examples are the Harry Potter series, Me Before You, The Infernal Devices, The Mortal Instruments and The Fault in our Stars.

14. What’s your least favorite book?

Like I’ve said before, it’s definitely Alligeant by Veronica Roth.

15. Do you prefer physical books or ready on a device (like a kindle)?

I love my kindle and I love how I can just purchase a book and then it immediately is on the device but I still prefer owning physical copies of the books I love.

16. When did you learn to read?

When I was 5. My parents always used to read to me but they always stopped reading after a few chapters because they said it’s enough even though  I just wanted to know what would happen next. And so I just began reading the books myself.

17. What is your favorite book you had to read in school?

Either “Thirteen Reasons Why” or “To Kill a Mockingbird”.

18. What is your favorite book series?

Definitely Harry Potter. It was the first book series I’ve ever read, I read it a million times and it was the first book series I’ve ever read in a foreign language. I will forever be a potterhead.

19. Who is your favorite author?

J.K. Rowling, Cassie Clare or John Green.

20. What is your favorite genre?

Definitely YA.

21. Who is your favorite character in a book series?
I really love Will from TID and Draco Malfoy from Harry Potter.

22. Has a book ever transported you somewhere else?

Yes, that happens almost every time I read a book. Whenever I read, I feel like I’m a part of the story and am actually where the book is set.

23.Which book do you wish had a sequel?

Maybe The Fault in our Stars because I would like to know if Hazel survives somehow.

24. Which book do you wish DIDNT have a sequel?

Divergent/Insurgent …

25. How long does it take you to read a book?

A few hours, a few days and sometimes even longer. It always depends on how much time I have and how much I like the book. If I really enjoy the book and have time to read, I literally only need a few hours.

26. Do you like when books become movies?

It really depends on how close to the books the final movie is. Usually, I love seeing everything “come to life” but sometimes the movie adaptions are just horrible and nothing like the book, that’s when I hate that a book has been made into a movie.

27. Which book was ruined by its movie adaptation?

There is a German book series called “The Diamond Series”. All three books from the series have been made into movies but the final movies were nothing like the book and had a completely different plot. They were horrible.

28. Which movie has done a book justice?

The Harry Potter movies are awesome and so is The Fault in our Stars.

29. Do you read newspapers?

Ocassionally, but I have a news app on my phone and check it every morning. It’s the app of a big German newspaper.

30: Do you read magazines?

The only magazine I read on a regular basis is the SHAPE magazine.

31. Do you prefer newspapers or magazines?

I usually prefer magazines.

32. Do you read while in bed?

Yes, it’s my second favorite reading spot. My favorite one is my couch.

33. Do you read while on the toilet?

No I don’t.

34. Do you read while in the car?

Yes I do, as long as I’m not driving myself but I guess that’s self-explanatory.

35. Do you read while in the bath?

I probably would if I liked taking baths, but for some reason I hate baths and always take a shower.

36. Are you a fast reader?

Yes, except if I don’t like the book (like lots of books I had to read for school).

37. Are you a slow reader?

Nope.

38. Where is your favorite place to read?

On my couch, right below my roof window.

39. Is it hard for you to concentrate while you read?

Only if there’s a lot going on in my life. If that’s the case, I always have to think about all the things I still have to do and can’t concentrate on a book.

40.Do you need a room to be silent while you read?

Yes, if it’s not silent I always start focusing on other things.

41. Who gave you your love for reading?

My entire family. Except for my dad, my sister and one of my granddads, my entire family loves to read. My mom started buying me a lot of books when I had learned how to read and we went to the library on a regular basis.

42. What book is next on your list to read?

I’m currently reading Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder and the next book on my TBR list is Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings.

43. When did you start to read chapter books?

When I was like 6 or 7, quite soon after having learned how to read. I just loved reading and spent every free minute of my life reading books.

44. Who is your favorite children’s book author?

When I was a child I was only reading German books and honestly can’t remember any of the authors’ names.

45. Which author would you most want to interview?

Cassandra Clare – she just seems to be such a nice person and I love her books so much.

46. Which author do you think you’d be friends with?

Maybe John Green.

47.What book have you reread the most?

The Harry Potter books.

48. Which books do you consider “classics”?

Books that have been around for a very long time and have been read and loved by several generations of readers.

49. Which books do you think should be taught in every school?

Books that make children love reading. Nowadays most children love watching TV or spending time on the Internet and I feel like children have just stopped appreciating books and the things they can teach us.

50. Which books should be banned from all schools?

I don’t actually think there are any books that should be banned from schools. As long as the books are suitable for a young audience, they’re books that can be read in school.

And that’s the end of the tag. I hope you liked it and are following my blog from now on.

Xoxo, Nina