Aurora Rising Cover Reveal and Book Tag

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Yesterday we were treated to the cover reveal for the newest book by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kauffman, Aurora Rising! Designed by Debra Bilson and illustrated by the amazing Charlie Bowater the new cover features a girl who I can only assume is Aurora herself adorned with various star constellations on a beautiful purple, black and white space background.  The details, such as Aurora’s freckles and the little ‘beauty spot’ under her right eye are fantastic, not to mention she looks like someone you absolutely do not want to mess with! You can find more details at on Jay’s blog here but below you can find the synopsis, the full cover itself AND a special book tag treat from me!

From the internationally bestselling authors of THE ILLUMINAE FILES comes an epic new science fiction adventure.

The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch…

A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm
A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates
A smart-ass techwiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder
An alien warrior with anger management issues
A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering

And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem—that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline-cases and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.

They’re not the heroes we deserve. They’re just the ones we could find. Nobody panic.

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In celebration of my most anticipated book coming next year I decided to use the description of the new crew #Squad312 to create a brand new book tag which I hope you’ll enjoy, I’ll tag a few people but if it takes your fancy feel free to give it a go to and let me know so I can check out your answers!

First up, Squad Leader Tyler Jones – Your favourite main character
I’m usually a bigger fan of supporting characters but I hands down kind of adore Lazlo Strange from the Strange the Dreamer books. He’s a massive book nerd, gets lost in his imagination and creates beautiful dreams. Not to mention that he sounds pretty gorgeous and thanks to Steve West he sounds like a slightly huskier Orlando Bloom circa the Legolas Years.

Next, we have the Cocky Diplomat with a black belt in sarcasam – Best sassy quote
“If by fawning, you mean he’s a deer, I have a gun, and it’s hunting season, then I guess you’re right.” I believe this is from Lemons and Liars by Sage Kafsky and it kills me every time.

Now time for the Sociopath Scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates – A character you love that you really probably shouldn’t.
This one was easy. The Darkling from the Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. There’s just something about him and I know he’s really REALLY not a good guy but I can’t help it! (A.I.D.A.N gets an honourable mention because I love him but I’m not so sure we’re meant to hate him).

Not forgetting the Smart ass techwiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder – Favourite piece of fictional technology.
M-Bot from Skyward by Brandon Sanderson! The smart, sassy, fungi loving Artifical Intelligence inside a ship is fantastic and was my favourite part of Sanderson’s newest book out last month.

Also, an alien warrior with anger management issues – A book that made you mad.
The Island by M.A Bennett, I had to stop reading a few times because I was just so damn mad at some of the things Link did and/or got away with. Just thinking about it now is making me mad.

Annnnd A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, (Tyler) in case you were wondering – Favourite ‘frenemies’ to love couple.
Another easy one, Nik and Hanna from Gemina. I hated Nik’s guts to start with and hoped Hanna gave him a butt kicking but I very quickly found Hanna and myself falling for the tattoo covered, smoking idiot and now they’re one of my all-time favourite ‘ships’ which I did not see coming!

Last but by certainly no means least as her name is LITERALLY in the title Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, she is a girl out of her time and out of her depth – If you could pick just one book or series to read for the rest of your life what would it be?
Is it cliche in a post promoting the new book by the same authors to say The Illuminae Files because if it is then tough. I’ve been trying so hard to resist rereading these books at the moment because I’ve got so much to get through at the moment that I couldn’t justify rereading anything at the moment but when I found I kept picking them up and just reading half of the damn things before realising I was meant to be making the bed or dinner or something I caved and am now listening to all the audiobooks…again.

That’s all folks! I’m going to tag Jay Kristoff himself (you never know!), Georgi from Niffler reads, Jeann from Happy Indulgence Books, Destiny from Howling Libraries, Jenn from Jenniely and Kate from Reading Through Infinity

Aurora Rising is due to release May 2019 so get pre-ordering now and save your receipts (especially if you’re an illuminae fan apparently!) as early next year there will be a Pre-order offer! I personally CANNOT WAIT for this book and I’ve just been screaming at all the pictures of the different ARCs and now the actual cover itself! Can I start a count down to May now??

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Navigating The Stars – Spoiler Free Review

42756706Navigating The Stars by Maria V. Snyder

Rating: XXXXX

Published December 1st 2018 by Maria V. Snyder

“There’s this girl, she’s like a comet – makes the rest of the galaxy seem dull in comparrison.”

Terra Cotta Warriors have been discovered on other planets in the Milky Way Galaxy. And Lyra Daniels’ parents are the archaeological Experts (yes with a capital E) on the Warriors and have dragged her to the various planets to study them despite the time dilation causing havoc with her social life.

When one of the many Warrior planets goes silent, and looters attack her research base, Lyra becomes involved in discovering why the Warriors were placed on these planets. And, more importantly, by who.

Two of my favourite things, Books written by Maria V. Snyder and YA Sci-Fi, count me in!! I was super excited to hear that one of my favourite authors had a new book in one of my favourite genres coming out just before Christmas and even more so when I managed to get it a few days early as well!

Maria has written in this particular genre before but this time feels very different, we get a lot more tech, world building and space travel in Navigating the Stars then we did with the Outside/Inside series and Lyra is a little odler than Trella (I believe.)

I LIKED THIS BOOK IT WAS GOOD WHY AM I BAD AT WRITING WORDS. IM GOING TO BED.

S4S – Blogging highlights of 2018

I know I always say “oh this prompt will be easy this week” and then end  up admiting it turns out it was harder than I had realised but I’ve had the best time blogging this past year that I should be able to think of six blogging highlights no problem at all.

First Requested ARC
I recieved my very first requested ARC this year and it felt pretty monumental for me to be good enough to be chosen to recieve one! I had ARCs from YALC the year previously but this year was the first time I had emailed and requested on then recieved it. This felt like a pretty big milestone for me and certainly raised my confidence when it came to requesting in the future.

Blogger Lists
This year as I’ve branched out into blogging more I decided to apply for a few blogger lists and I made it onto four different ones!  I still can’t believe it, it’s a wonderful feeling.

Attended my first invite only blogger event
The first blogger list I made it onto was Gollancz/Orion and as a result I’ve been invited to and attented a couple of events this year as you may have seen from my previous blog posts, I’m so grateful and humbled to be able to attend these events, meet publicitsts, authors and other bloggers as well as learning about all the great new books coming out soon and in the near future.

Attending YALC as a blogger
I enjoyed YALC last year when I was starting out as a YouTuber but this year as a blogger and having had my toe in the water, as it were, for a whole extra year just made the whole experience so much better, I knew about all the publishers etc that were in attendance, I knew a lot more about the authors who were attending and it was lovely to meet other bloggers en masse, either for the first time or putting names to faces of the blogs I follow and read online already. There were problems with the weekend certainly but for me it was probably one of my best weekends of the year by far.

Taking part in blog tours
Again this might not be a big thing for people who have been blogging longer but I was so excited to be involved with multiple blog tours this year, I’ve been able to read some fantatsic books and I love being able to promote them and blog tours is one of my favourite ways to do so, I think my favourite so far has been Skyward, the newest book by Brandon Sanderson where I got to kick start the blog tour on the day of release.

Blogging about Star Wars for an entire week
If you know much about me at all, you’ll probably know I love Star Wars and Ihad SO MUCH FUN just spending an entire week blogging about Star Wars and I’m honestly thinking about doing it again next year. My favourite post in particuar was about The Women of Star Wars, I loved catolouging some of my favourite characters from the Star Wars universe and loved the nostaglia as I got to write about these brilliant fictional women, a good few of which helped to shape the person I wanted to be as I grew up.

That may have actually been the easiest Six for Sunday post I’ve written to date! I didn’t even mention Illuminae, Starfish or The Loneliest Girl in the Universe once…apart from just then of course but I’m not going to count that. Thank you so much for checking out y post and I’ll be back with a spoiler free review for you Tuesday as normal. Take care!

TBR Thursday – December

It’s the begining of the month so that means it’s TBR Thursday! My TBR looks a little small this month purely because of the size of some of the books I’m intending to read! I also had a small heart attack when I realised just how many candles I’d been hoarding recently so I also have a few TBR candles, or to be…Burnt? Lit? …Melted?

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Navigating the Stars by Maria V Snyder
Maria’s newest YA book in set in SPACE and there was no way I was going to miss it! I started reading it a couple of days ago and I’m about half way through now and LOVE it! This is my number one priority this month and will be finished before I start anything else.

Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare
The third and last book in the Dark Artifices arc of the Shadowhunter books has finally arrived and is absoloutley next  on my priorty list to be read. Lord of Shadows broke my heart into little pieces to the point I had trouble reading anything for the next few months so this may be my stopping point for the month, I hope not but we shall see!

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Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas
This series reminds me of World of Warcraft in the sense that I’ve paid out for it and invested a crazy amount of time into it so even though it’s not been that great recently I’m still going to see it throgugh. I enjoyed parts of the last few Throne of Glass books but they haven’t held a candle to the first three books for a while now. That being said this is the last book in the series and I plan to finish what I started, I’m also interested to see how Maas leaves the series as ACOTAR which was supposedly the end of that series (not counting the three new arcs it sounds like are now happening) and it certainly fell short for me and others. Plus I’ve always been nervous and often unhappy about final books.

Outside In by Maria V Snyder
The top three are my main TBR, this and the next one are kind of ‘bonus’ reads if I manage to get through the first three and if not will probably carry over to my January TBR. After reading Navigating the Stars recently I was reminded that I hadn’t finished (or started) the the second book in a YA science fiction duology also by Maria, this is because I used to be totally useless at keeping up with release dates and missed it when it came out, I brought it at a later date and just never got back to it but now I’m inspired to do so!

Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff
Again another one I’ll hopefully get around to, I won a copy of this at YALC on the day it released and I’ve been desperate to get around to it but it got burried under review copies for blog tours etc but I will get to it and soon!

Candles.
Chaol by Meraki Candles – books and hazlenut coffee

Android Mechanic by Geeky Clean –

Prince Aladdin by A Court of Candles –

Nephilim  by Geeky Clean –

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald screenplay – Spoiler free review

39330961Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – The Original Screenplay by J.K Rowling

Rating: XXXX

Published November 16th 2018 by Little Brown

“Do you know why I admire you, Newt? More, perhaps, than any man I know? You don’t seek power or popularity. You simply ask, is the thing right in itself? If it is, then I must do it, no matter the cost.”

At the end of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald was captured in New York with the help of Newt Scamander. But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escapes custody and sets about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.

In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore enlists Newt, his former Hogwarts student, who agrees to help once again, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.

Before we get down to business (to defeat…the Huns – not sorry) I would like to make a point of saying this review is for the screenplay itself, not the film – that is a WHOLE other herd of mooncalves which I will certainly be getting to but I wanted to have separate reviews for the two as there are different pros and cons to both. This review will also be spoiler free (unless you haven’t seen any Harry Potter or the first Fantastic Beasts film, then you might want to reconsider reading this) so if you haven’t seen or read The Crimes of Grindelwald yet you don’t need to worry about this review spoiling anything.

I have many thoughts about The Crimes of Grindelwald in both film and screenplay format, after leaving the cinema a little confused after seeing this second film in a five-film series I decided the best thing to do would be to check out the screenplay. Although I very much enjoyed the first film, I still found reading the screenplay gave it an extra depth and helped me pick up on some things I missed the first time around seeing the film. The same is true of The Crimes of Grindelwald screenplay, apparently, there are some deleted scenes included but I don’t think they could have been that big or monumental as nothing seemed especially new to me but as I said, the film had confused me so it may I just not picked up on them. I will also say I highly recommend listening to the film soundtrack when reading as for me some of the parts seemed a little dry of atmosphere but that is one of the prices we pay when reading something in screenplay form.

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The screenplay definitely added more clarity to a lot of the film and my favourite thing about it was that it also gave more of an insight into the characters intentions, emotions and thoughts, not as intimately or in anywhere near as much detail as well as being able to clearly see names and dates etc which were there and gone in an instant when on the big screen. This means I found the film less confusing but I now have more questions than ever but as a sequel in a five-film series that isn’t shocking.

As ever my favourite thing and the reason I knew I was absolutely buying this book no matter what is the beautiful art spread throughout. The cover is magnificent and features many important items and creatures from the film and instead is even more gorgeous with each chapter featuring a detailed and intricate piece of artwork in the same style as the images on the cover and there are many flourishes and decorations between the scenes, Minalima have created some fantastic art for this screenplay, even more so I think than in the first screenplay.

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The Crimes of Grindelwald screenplay is the first thing I’ve tabbed while reading in ages and it really helped me to take stock of everything and allowed me to realise that actually there were a good few bits I enjoyed. (Pink is parts I loved, Orange is hated, green is for questions and yellow is for “this seems important” and I’m fairly pleased that it felt a bit more balanced.  It’s also nice knowing that in two years when we get the next film I can reference all the questions and things I thought important from the second.

I think if you can’t get to see the film than this screenplay is an okay substitute but a difficult one as I don’t think you get the same involvement in this format as you would on the screen or via a ‘normal’ book but would do someone a turn and it’s easy enough to understand the bones of the story at the very least. I would absolutely say this is meant as an accompaniment, a way for people to experience the film over again and like me to hopefully pick up on more details they may have missed. Honestly, even if I had completely hated the film I would still have brought this just for the artwork.

YouTube’s back (alright!)

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So with the two year anniversary of my bookish YouTube channel coming and going last week, I decided to get back to making a few videos for my channel! I will obviously still be blogging primarily and there won’t be any set content every week like here where I post Tuesdays, Thursdays and occasionally Sundays, it will be as and when I have time to make and edit the videos and while I don’t have any regular work on at the moment I’m finding a little more time to fit it in  so I plan to make the most of it.

Last week I posted a video unboxing of the November NPC Crate which you can check out below, I will still post my written unboxing here next week but wanted to have both bases covered, I will endeavour to keep my blog spoiler free and have any spoiler content (other than unboxings obviously) kept to my YoutTube channel.

I’m also scarily close to three hundred subscribers on said channel now as well which to me still seems crazy, the fact that quite a few of my videos have over one thousand views (and we won’t even talk about that one with 10k) is insane to me and I’m so humbled that even when I took a break people were still subscribing to my channel and watching my videos. I hope you’ll also enjoy the things to come. Also, I’m not sorry for the Backstreet Boys reference in the title of this post.

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S4S – Santa won’t you please bring me…?

As usual I hadn’t planned to do this weeks Six for Sunday post due to time, I’ve been under the weather this week and I’ve been pretty out of it BUT I’m feeling much better today and although it’s a bit late in the day, it turns out that in the end I just couldn’t resist joining in with this weeks prompt, “Santa won’t you bring me…?” I adore Christmas time (it’s my birthday so I’m probably a little bias) and I’m feeling super festive already so here we go!

An Aurora Rising, by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kauffman Arc
If you’ve been reading my blog for any amount of time you probably already know about my love of The Illuminae Files by the same authors and every since I finished Obsidio and found out about their next collaboration featuring hot space elves I was so completely onboard. The AU ARCs appeared on my timeline last week and the UK publishers Rock the Boat announced that there’s would be printed soon too, I have my name down as an interested reviewer and now I’m just keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll be chosen to receive a review copy, I can dream, right? You never know!!

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Bookshelf help and a new bookshelf
This is a broad one. I’m at that point again already that I have too many books etc for my shelves, I don’t have a lot of space left but could probably fit one more bookshelf in and replace the old rickety one I had at my parent’s house who knows how many years ago.  I still need to get rid of some books and rearrange said content on said shelves though to make it a bit neater and feeling less stressed when I look at it. I guess I’m after a bookshelf fairy?

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A Kylo Ren/ Ben Solo prequel book
Ideally written by Claudia Gray, Delilah Dawson or Christie Golden? I know he’s not everyone’s favourite character and honestly, I hated him in The Force Awakens but with The Last Jedi, I’m left with needing to know more! He’s evolved into such an interesting character now and I think there’s probably more than enough content in his backstory to give us more insight into the mind of Ben Solo and the exact path and events that led him to become Kylo Ren. Maybe we’ll get it as a prequel or companion book before the last Star Wars film in this trilogy? I can hope!

MORE Star Wars books sooner…
Okay so I’m still in a huge Star Wars funk at the moment and I’m desperately awaiting the releases of Master and Apprentice by Claudia Gray as well as Queens Shadow by Emily Kate Johnston, I absolutely cannot wait to read them and they’re not out until April and March next year respectively.

 

 

 

A Niffler plush
It’s just occurred to me recently that I really should have a Niffler Plushie, we’re fluffy, shiny collecting kindred spirits after all and it is pretty much my blog logo so I think it’s a given really. I’m in charge of the Christmas shopping this year so maybe I can just get myself one from the cat?

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New cardigans and long tops
Being out of any real work at the moment means that I’m fast wearing all of my clothes to death, especially my cardigans and long tops. At least once a week I spend about an hour before bed window shopping…usually on the EMP site, these are two of my favourites.

 

 

 

October NPC Unboxing – Hunting Monsters, Saving People

“This month we’re going hunting for everything from ghouls and ghosts to Djinn and Genies. Join the ‘Family Business’ and come hunting with us in this months NPC Crate! Who knows, you may even get some help from a friendly angel?”

The NPC Crate from Nerd Poured Candles for the month of October was based around all things “Supernatural” just in time for Halloween, I have to admit I’m a relative newbie still when it comes to the still popular TV show but recently I started working my way through it again and this box of goodies fit perfectly alongside my evenings of binge watching.

First up we have the “King of Hell” candle, a nice snappy purple that I think Crowley would definitely approve of, scented with Citrus, Musk and wood it suits our previous crossroad demon down to the ground with that citrus combining nicely with the musk and the wood as a nice smoky background to it.

The next candle, “Wayward Sons” (the song is now forever stuck in my head), is the perfect Autumn/Fall candle, from its colour which is neither orange or yellow, yet somehow both and with a fragrance of Cinnamon bark, Bergamot and musk. Reminiscent of the limited edition Lucien candle by Geeky Clean (Nerd Poured Candles sister company) with that extra muskiness to it just finishes it off nicely, I could totally imagine this in air freshener form hanging in the Impala.

The last of the candles is my personal favourite and blends October nicely into November with “Salt and Burn” scented with Smoked wood and crackling embers. This candle smells like all the best parts of a bonfire and is perfect on a nice chilly evening, I love to burn it while reading while I use the Netflix fireplace in the background for some crackling sound effects. This candle is cleverly named and has a perfect scent to go with it.

The pin badge for the October box states that the wearer is a “Demon Hunter” and features the same style of Pentagram that the Winchester brothers wear as protection tattoos. I like that the whole thing looks like it’s encased in a shield, kind of like a police badge which with the number of times they pretend to be law enforcement feels pretty spot on, not to mention the healthy dose of black and red glitter on top!

The Bookmark is great quality as always with a chibi style Sam and Dean with a little winged Cas, the Protection tattoo and The Chevy Impala itself, the Winchester brothers have extra cute little details as well such as Sam holding an angel blade and of course, Dean has a bottle of beer!

The November Crate, Magic Beasts should be arriving any day now and you can currently get the December box which is The Grinch themed in the store now! Don’t forget you can use my code Fbawtft18 at checkout for 10% off!

Snapshot – Spoiler Free Review

40189384Snapshot by Brian Sanderson

Rating: XXX

Published September 14th 2018 by Gollancz

Snapshot is a Science Fiction detective story following Anthony Davis, a cop assigned to Snapshot Duty. In this vivid world that author Brandon Sanderson has built, society can create a snapshot of a specific day in time. The experiences people have, the paths they follow—all of them are real again for a one day in the snapshot. All for the purposes of investigation by the court.

Davis’s job as a cop on Snapshot Duty is straight forward. Sometimes he is tasked with finding where a criminal dumped a weapon. Sometimes he is tasked with documenting domestic disputes. Simple. Mundane. One day, in between two snapshot assignments, Davis decides to investigate the memory of a call that was mysteriously never logged at the precinct, and he makes a horrifying discovery.

As in all many stories, Snapshot follows a wonderfully flawed character as he attempts to solve a horrific crime. Sanderson proves that no matter the genre, he is one of the most skilled storytellers in the business.

I was sent a copy of Snapshot by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. After devouring a couple of books with prominent “whodunnit” themes and while working on a piece of  writing myself that deals with a group of people in a world full of others who aren’t real I decided Snapshot would be a perfect book to read right now and dug in almost as soon as it arrived on my doorstep.

Snapshot is a novella rather than a full book and at 129 pages much smaller than I had assumed it would be having not checked before hand and remembering the size of the first book in the mistborn trilogy. I’ve been enjoying shorter books recently as they tend to get to the point quicker and I can devour more of these stories in a shorter time period. This book is no exception and dives right into the story with no huge qualms about major world building or even much of a description of our two main characters. This annoyed me a little to begin with but made sense the more I read. The emphasis of the story is on the characters more so than the mysterious and not necessarily too distant future, I found myself wanting a few questions answered but the more I read, the less I realised that it mattered how things outside of the snapshot worked. Some things are explained with just enough detail for you to know the things you need to understand the story and we learn more about the characters through their interactions with each other throughout the story.

To begin with I found it hard to keep track of who was who, I would remember traits but be unsure which character they belonged to, this too begun to fade and made more sense as time went on so if you give this a go and it feels a little difficult at first it’s not just you. The book vastly improved as it progressed and became more interesting with information plots being filled as and when needed. After reading a large number of books in the weeks leading up to this that are targeted at a very different audience it took a while to become invested in the characters for me personally but I doubt this will be the case for everyone. Even being a short book this had a feel of a detective show you would see on TV and felt reminiscent of the first few episodes of Gotham.

The story telling, despite its short length is intricate and twisting culminating in a spectacular couple of plot twists that I didn’t see coming until they hit me in the face. I love it when I don’t see things coming and being shocked and surprised are some of my favourite aspects of reading. This little book drew me in very quickly in the end and despite my early thoughts really proved itself. Snapshot is very much worth a read if you enjoy multi layered plot stings and/or enjoy character driven reads.

Tag Thursday – To Kill A Kingdom Tag

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo came out in March this year and was one of my very first Net Galley reads (Click here to check out my review). I loved the darker bloodthirsty side to Princess Lira and the fun companionship of the crew as well as it’s nods to The Little Mermaid as well.

The lovely Lydia from Silver Wolf Reads tagged me in her very own original To Kill a Kingdom Book Tag that she worked on with Alexandra Christo herself and remembering how much I loved the book when I originally reviewed it tagged me and I’m so excited to do it so here goes!

You’re going on a vacation on a cruise boat for a week. Which book(s) would you pack to keep you entertained as you explore the seven seas?

I’d bring my kindle for sure so that I have a wide range to choose from and I could maybe start working through my NetGalley back up too! Physical book wise I would bring Illuminae because I always want to reread it and I might end up desperately wanting to do so, I’d maybe bring six of crows and crooked kingdom as I still have to read them and I keep finding excuses not too. Even though I haven’t started it yet though I wouldn’t bring A Kingdom of Ash as I would end up spending too much time reading and a vacation would be pointless. I’d definitely make sure I had some titles ready to go on Audible too!

You’re on the boat, and you start to hear your favourite song being played out from a nearby island. Which song would this be? What book do you associate with this song?

I don’t really have a favourite song because what I’m in the mood for changes quite often and usually, I have a playlist that I become obsessed with instead. If I had to pick one it would probably be Hold me Tight (or don’t) by Fall Out Boy which reminds me of Cardan and Jude from The Cruel Prince.

You go to the side of the boat and notice a mermaid sat on the rocks. She seems pretty bored. And you know of loads of awesome books. Which one book do you always recommend to people without fail?

The Last Namsara. I’m not even sure I can explain why I just wondered what book I would probably enjoy most if I were a mermaid and that’s what came to mind. Maybe I love Asha and how kickass she seems?

The mermaid seems pretty happy with your suggestion, and swims off. You hear the song from a moment ago has stopped. And there doesn’t seem to many people about. Creepy, huh? What book gave you the chills whilst you were reading it?

The Loneliest Girl In The Universe! This book gave me serious chills and that horrible feeling when you feel like someone punched you in the chest when a twist hits you and you realise you’re not actually reading a fluffy space contemporary. I will never get over that damn book.

The song picks up again. But this time, it doesn’t sound like the normal version you’re used to. It sounds eery, and you can feel yourself walking towards the sound. You’re in a trance. Which book hooked you in from the very first page?

I was going to say The Last Namsara again because “Asha lured the Dragon with a story” is a great first line but honestly I think it has to be The Hobbit which totally captivated me as a child. “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.

You’re climbing over the rails of the ocean, moving towards the sound of the singing. You jump into the ocean and a rush of cold hits you. What book has the biggest plot twist that you weren’t expecting?

Did I mention The Loneliest Girl In The Universe yet? Of course I did.
As I have I’ll say Undead Girl Gang for this one if you’ve read it I’ll just say mushrooms and I’m pretty sure you’ll get it.

You begin swimming on instinct, nothing has come to get you yet. You feel like you’ve been swimming for hours. What’s the biggest book you’ve ever read? (Or the one that’s taken you the longest time to read).

I’m pretty sure strange The Dreamer is the biggest book I’ve read and honestly, I listened to most of it in the end because it was so hard to carry around in my bag!

Something grabs your leg. You start kicking. Which book deals with heavy/under-discussed that always makes you want to put up a fight for righteousness?

The Exact Opposite of Okay, it really changed the way I understood occurrences in my day to day life, how I felt about myself and the people I spend my time with.

They’re pulling you under the water. Which book had you on the edge of your seat, unable to breathe as you turned to the next page?

Illuminae. I remember turning the pages so damn fast and my face being practically in the book trying to read the words faster, it was crazy and I ended up with a saw jaw from clenching it so hard and for so long.

You notice a glimpse of red. You notice a fish-like tail. It’s a siren. Which book would you recommend for people who love the ocean’s mythical creatures?

Funnily enough probably To Kill A Kingdom, I love the distinction between sirens and mermaids as well as the culture surrounding the sirens themselves and how it came to be.

There is an enormous screeching sound. The siren lets go. You float to the top of the ocean surface, gasping for air. You’re alive. You get onboard the boat, dry off and clutch your books to your chest.

Which bookish-friends would you call to share your experience with? Who would you believe you? Who should do this tag?

Damn, I was hoping a Siren would fall in love with me? There’s still time right?

I’m terrible at picking people to tag so I’ll say that if you see this and want to take part consider yourself tagged by me! Let me know if you take part and link me so I can check your answers!