Sunday, October 9, 2016

Stacking the Shelves (109)

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews. Share all of the bookish goodies you got during the week!

Lots of books...but again, it's 2 weeks worth. Still a lot of books though! I go shopping for Halloween stuff or to book club and I can't help but bring home piles of books!


Bought:

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
The Creeper Man by Dawn Kurtagich
The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee
Spontaneous by Aaron Starmer
Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow
A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks


Kids of Appetite by David Arnold
The Call by Peadar O'Guilin
Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland
Holding up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Borrowed:

Dark Metropolis by Jaclyn Dolamore
Control by Lydia Kang
Curio by Evangeline Denmark

Gifted:

Love from Boy: Roald Dahl's Letters to His Mother edited by Donald Sturrock - with many thanks to my friend, Candy, who bought this for me as a birthday gift. Most people don't buy me books as they fear buying one I've already got, but clever Candy, she steered clear of YA and knowing that I love Roald Dahl, she chose this. I'm very much looking forward to reading it!

I'm a day late posting this, but better late than never. There's a lot of things not happening on my blog here. I'm really struggling to maintain a posting schedule and to write reviews. I think it's been a couple of weeks since I've written one even. I'm definitely in a blogging rut. Thankfully I'm still reading, so when I finally get over this rut and get myself motivated, I'll at least have books to write reviews about! I don't know whether to just take a break from blogging for a bit or keep trying to push through. What do you suggest to get over a blogging rut?

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Waiting on Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine. It spotlights soon to be released books that can't come quick enough!

I'm seriously intrigued by...

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: 2 May 2017
Pre-Order: Amazon | The Book Depository

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn, comes a sweeping, action-packed YA adventure set against the backdrop of Feudal Japan where Mulan meets Tamora Pierce.

The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor's favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family's standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.

Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back. But she's quickly captured and taken to the Black Clan’s secret hideout, where she meets their leader, the rebel ronin Takeda Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, his best friend Okami. Still believing her to be a boy, Ranmaru and Okami eventually warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. As Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets, of betrayal and murder, which will force her to question everything she's ever known.
(summary from Goodreads)


I adored The Wrath & the Dawn, though I still have to read The Rose & the Dagger! But this one is definitely high on my wish list. I'm so in love with that cover. I just have to wait til May! In the meantime, Entertainment Weekly have released an excerpt to whet our appetites! 

What book are you eagerly waiting on?

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Top Ten Villains in Books and TV/Film

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme started over at The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they have a specific topic for a top ten list. Link up, visit some new blogs and add to your ever growing TBR list! This week's topic is:

All About Villains!

Top 5 Most Vile Villains in Books


Darrien in Winter Queen by Amber Argyle - I still shudder thinking about this guy. So repulsive.
Commandant & Marcus in An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir - Creepy times two! I only just read this book yesterday, so unfortunately these two are fresh in my mind.
Astrid & Athos Dane in A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab - So pretty and so very chilling. I was desperate for them to meet their end!
The Regent in the Captive Prince trilogy by C.S. Pacat - The Regent is a pedophile and gets away with it because he's powerful. Characters even offer their sons to him for power. It's disgusting and I hate, hate, hate him.
Professor Umbridge in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling - The villains I've listed enjoy causing pain and Umbridge is no different. She's creepier though because of the whole smiling, pink wearing, cat loving spiel. *shudders*

Top 5 Villains I Can't Help But Love in TV & Film


Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe - Yeah, I don't think I'm in the minority here. I kind of both want him to win but love to see him lose, you know?
Ward in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D - This one is more because I adore Brett Dalton, who played Ward. I didn't want to see Ward leave the show, but on the other hand, he was so freaking creepy, I wanted him taken down. I really enjoyed Ward's story arcs on the show.
Oswald/Penguin in Gotham - So I've only watched one season of Gotham. Too many shows, too little time! I really like Robin Taylor Lord as Oswald. I know I shouldn't but I can't help liking his villain.
Jareth in Labyrinth - Who hates Jareth, really?
Spike in Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Okay, so he might not exactly count as he doesn't technically remain a villain - but even when he was, I loved him.

I feel like it's not right to not have a female villain in that last list. But all I can think of is Ursula from The Little Mermaid!!

Which villains, whether in books or TV/film, are your favourites?