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Star Wars Book Tag

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So for the past four years around this time each year I’ve been bitten by the Star Wars bug. I loved the original films since I was a child and grew up watching the prequel films and then adored the new trilogy as it’s been released and I’ve been reading the new canon books, I’m obsessed with Battlefront two and it’s single-player story campaign again at the moment too! With the new film feeling so close now and the release of Jedi: Fallen order I’m once again riding the Star Wars hype train and damn I’m excited so I decided his week for Tag Thursday I would have a look around and hunt down a Star Wars-themed book tag. Plus I’m ill so planning to crawl into my bed and watch Star Wars films while the small one is at school today.

This wonderful tag was created by Joana and Elizabeth over at booktube (you can check out their videos here and here) and was expanded by the lovely Bia and Cass at B&C Books. Check out their post here

1.R2-D2

The lovable droid filled with sass: Name a series that made you laugh.

Almost definitely the Illuminae Files books, the sass is unbelievable and there are so many great one-liners. The parachute incident in Obsidio is the absolute icing on the cake though. That KILLED me and it’s become an iconic scene in our household.

2.PADME AMIDALA

Even though she’s not a Jedi, she sure does kick some butt: Name a badass female character.

Jude from The folk of air series by Holly Black. I know she’s not loved by everyone but I love her determination, I love that she’s a strong and clever and assertive. I adore her.

3.LEIA ORGANA

This girl gets herself into a rather strange love situation: Name your favourite or least favourite love triangle.

I think my favourite is probably Will, Jem and Tessa from The Infernal Devices and to this day I’m still gutted that we didn’t get that perfect poly relationship.

4.LUKE SKYWALKER

The last hope to restore the Jedi Order: Name a rising author or a new to you author that you love.

Christine Lynn Herman. I read The Devouring Gray this year and loved it. I can’t wait to the sequel and probably anything Christine writes!

5.ANAKIN SKYWALKER

A character whose morals changed over time: Name a series that started out well, but ended out badly.

The Sookie Stackhouse series. The last book and the ending of the series overall absolutely ruined the whole series for me.

6.QUI-GON JINN

Losing himself to a terrible fate: Name a character who suffers a tragic death.

The Dark Artifices SPOILER. Livvy’s death in Lord of Shadows completely wrecked me and put me into an almost sixth-month reading slump. I still haven’t got over it.

7. HAN SOLO

Unsuccessfully using his wittiness to get himself out of sticky situations. Name your favourite sassy character.

I think maybe Mia from Nevernight or Rhysand from ACOTAR. Them two trying to out sass each other would be hilarious if they didn’t immediately probably want to kill each other.

8.EMPEROR PALPATINE

A well-constructed character in a vast universe: Name a series with incredible world-building.

I think this probably has to be Game of Thrones, to be honest, the world-building so rich and fleshed out with all the different areas, regions and continents, the inhabitants, their traditions and religions. I love it.

9. OBI-WAN KENOBI

Even though he is “to the book”, he is a force to be reckoned with: Name a series that exceeded your expectations.

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James. If you’ve read my blog at all you probably already know the story but I picked it up on a whim thinking it would be a cute kind of Fangirl story but in space and WOWZA it was so much more. Blew me away and to this day is still one of my favourite books.

10. MASTER YODA

A being containing so much wisdom: Name a series that taught you something or that made you grow.

They’re not a series but they’re both books by author Akemi Dawn Bowman, Starfish and Summer Bird Blue taught me a lot about the way I approach my own mental health and that of others. As someone who deals with what can sometimes be crippling anxiety Starfish especially helped me to look at it in a way that just made me hate myself that little bit less. What happens to me is normal to a degree and something others experience too, it taught me a lot. Summer Bird Blue also made me think about the way I see my sexuality and the way we deal with others when we’re hurting. Both beautiful, heartfelt books that I cannot recommend enough.

11. DARTH VADER

Learning about how he became this man only made us love him more: Name your favorite villain.

A lot of the books I read don’t tend to have a definitive villain so this was difficult. I think my favourite out and out villain would probably be Marcella Riggins from Vengeful by V.E Schwab, another reviewer has put this much better than I, saying, “Fear is her medium, and nightmares her art. She refuses to bow to fate and determines to embody the word that defines her: ruin.” I just love her so goddamn much. Usually, I love me a villain who is more of an anti-hero and has some good in them, a nice dose of angst and maybe some kind of redemption but Marcella is the unapologetic and I bloody love her.

12.CHEWBACCA

Loyal to his friends, he’s always got your back: Name your favourite fictional best friend.

Janek from Finding Home. I know he has a crush on Chepi and so that might affect the way he is around him but even quite early on before things got a little more heated (as much as the second volume of a slow burn romance can) the way he helps Chepi going through his panic attacks, giving him space when he needs it or offering to be there to talk if he needs it but not pushing it etc is just *chef kiss* I would die for that boy, he is so damn pure and I love him.

13.C-3PO

Despite his simple ways, he always gets himself into trouble: Name a character who always needs saving.

This is another hard one because I don’t read a lot of books where someone tends to need saving more than once. The only instance I can really think of is Sookie from the Sookie Stackhouse books (True Blood) and honestly, that’s not entirely her fault, she’s only human in a world where she’s often stuck in the middle of people who aren’t and have ‘supernatural’ extra abilities, not to mention she’s usually just trying to help them out.

14. BOBA FETT

Witnessing the death of his father must have been difficult: Name a character who went through a traumatic childhood experience.

Sebastian Morgenstern from Shadowhunters is the first character that comes to mind here, to be honest. He was raised by a cruel father who had a very warped moral compass and then was banished to Edom where he was effectively tortured for years, I can see how he turned out so starved for affection but ultimately broken and twisted.

15.REY

A scavenger who ‘just so happens’ to be Force sensitive: Name a character with a mysterious past.

(I don’t like the tone of this question with all the crap Rey gets for being a ‘Mary Sue’ character but as this is an old set of questions from after TFA so I get that it’s hinting at a reveal about Rey’s parentage that never came.)

Okay so it might be cheating to choose another Star Wars character but I feel like it’s criminal that we got an entire, very awesome book all about Captain Phasma and her past but absolutely no recognition of it in the films so far because it was a brilliant book and it feels like such a waste seeing as it was headed as one of the “Journey to the Last Jedi” books.

16.STORMTROOPER FINN

Questioning his future, he finally makes his own decision to change sides: Name a character who has questioned his/her morals.

Okay, so I actually really like that Mia from the Nevernight books is, a little by the second and definitely by the third, questioning her morals and weather her succeeding in her final goals and ‘purpose’ will make her just as ‘bad’ as the people she wants to make pay. Not to mention she often tends to shrug these thoughts off and deem it ‘worth it’ quite often. That’s my revenge hungry knife wife.

17.POE DAMERON

An amazing pilot flying through hyperspace: Name your favourite series that travels through time.

Invictus by Ryan Graudin, hands down. Loved it to pieces and recommend it every chance I get. It’s one of the best stand-alone books I’ve read and has some really interesting concepts and brilliant characters (there’s also a red panda).

18. KYLO REN

Obsessed with an idealistic view of his grandfather: Name a character who will stop at nothing to fulfil their destiny. 

Okay so I hate to name her again so soon but my answer for this is absolutely Mia Coverre from Nevernight for pretty much all the reasons I cited a few questions back.

19.MAZ KANATA

Even though she’s force sensitive, she never trained in the ways of the Jedi Order: Name a character who doesn’t rise to their full potential.

Okay, so I feel like Jacob Black from the Twilight books got wasted on continuing to pine over Bella and then imprinting on her daughter. I remember I really hoped that he would either get over his romantic feelings for Bella or understand they weren’t reciprocated and just continued to be the awesome best friend he should have been. The way he dealt with his feelings made him a dick and I’m sour about it.

20.BB-8

Following previous droids is not an easy task, but he is loved by all: Name a sequel you prefer over the first. 

I’ve already mentioned Vengeful by V.E Schwab so I’ll pick another but I just wanted to say that book is an absolute masterpiece. My next pick would be Chasing the Shadows (review here but it is NOT spoiler-free for the first book) by Maria V. Snyder. The first book was enjoyable but the second book improved on SO many things and amplified some of my favourite parts of the first so it was a win all around.

I love you all but I’m going to climb back in bed and binge-watch me some Star Wars while I wait for this cold/flu thing to leave me alone or kill me.

 

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Days of the week Book tag – November

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While blog hopping recently I came across a set of book tags by Adventures Between Pages where each month she creates a book tag based on the days of the week and I love this idea so much! After doing the Autumn book tag last month I wanted to do another monthly themed one and so I thought I would give this a try, you can find her original November post here and although it doesn’t seem there is currently a December one I might give it a try myself next month and see if its something I can carry on with! But for now, let’s get started!

Make-out Monday: Fictional Character you would love to make-out with: See now this is kind of already a tough one because I’m a ‘shipper’ so the appeal of a lot of characters I find attractive is because of how they feel about their partners like Rhysand from ACOTAR for example. If I had to pick one though I’d probably say Damon from The Vampire Diaries or Jace from the Shadowhunters books to be fair.

Turkey Tuesday: Favorite seasonal read during the fall/winter seasons: I used to reread quite a bit, I would read The Hobbit in the Spring and the first Harry Potter book in the Autumn/Winter but I don’t do many rereadings lately other than sometimes if I can’t sleep I listen to Eddie Redmayne read Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,

Wacky Family Wednesday: A book/series that has a wacky (dysfunctional) family: This seems to be a theme in a fair few of the books I read which I’ve never noticed before! Because I’m reading it at the moment though (and almost finished) I’m going to say the Greenbriars from The Folk of the Air, dysfunctional is another way to say “always trying to murder each other” right?

Thankful Thursday: An Author you are thankful for: Another tough one! I think maybe I am the most thankful for Christie Golden. I adore so many of her books and am yet to read one I dislike even slightly but more than that she has this wonderful habit of making me fall further in love with some of my favourite games. Her World of Warcraft books especially have really helped me feel involved in the goings-on in Azeroth (and beyond), I love all the little details, the way she really gets these characters, even if she didn’t originally create them and she makes you feel for them, all of them. I’m so SO pleased she’s now a part of the story team for the game itself now.

Fun Fact Friday: Your favourite book plus a fun fact about you: Now, my favourite book changes quite often so going forward I think I’ll keep this question the same each month. I think currently The Wicked King by Holly Black might be my favourite (or at least sharing the top spot with The loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James). It has such a great mix of so many things I love, Fae, court intrigue, trickery, plot twists, love/hate and I adore the characters of both Jude and Cardan.
Fun Fact about me: I really like swimming and I miss it a lot because I’ve not been able to go recently.

Shut the Front Door Saturday: A book that made your jaw hit the floor. You didn’t see that plot/twist coming: Basically any book by Lauren James? I would probably say the twist in The Quiet at the End of the World as I literally yelled in surprise and scared the crap out of my husband at two in the morning.

Sci-Fi Sunday: Favorite sci-fi book/series: Okay so definitely the Illuminae Series by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman obviously, I adore them so much and they’re one of the few series I can talk to Chris about as he has read and loves them too.

Ahh that was so much fun! Keep an eye out for ALL of the seasonal-themed book tags next month because Christmas is my thing, TIS THE SEASON. Well almost…I mean I’ve got all my Christmas shopping done pretty much so it’s technically the season?

 

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NaNoWriMo WIP Tag

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So it’s NaNoWriMo eve (holy crap how did it get here so fast) and I guess I’m as ready as I’ll ever be??? So to celebrate I figured I’d find a good tag to do to mark the occasion and this one by Bethany Atazadeh and I’m hoping maybe it’ll act as a sort of prep ready for tomorrow as well. For those who don’t know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and is an annual, Internet-based creative writing project that takes place during the month of November. Participants attempt to write a 50,000-word manuscript between November 1 and November 30.

1. What is your NaNo WIP? (aka genre, and a little about the story)
Andromeda (1)I think it would be classed as science fiction as there is some future technology and I refer to my characters ‘abilities’ as powers and not magic. In its current iteration, I keep swapping and changing names, it was Andromeda, then Astraea for a bit but just this morning I came up with a good enough reason to change it back to Andromeda because I really loved that name the most.

Anyway, I don’t have a finished synopsis of any kind yet, this is something I tend to write on day one BUT the gist of it is: It begins with Clair suffering from nightmares, a man with strange abilities who is set out to kill her and is looking for others. At work she notices stars begin to disappear from the sky, something is up with her best friend and then she rescues a man from some kind of beast except she uses abilities like she saw in her nightmares to do so, not to mention that the man she rescued looks awfully familiar. She has questions but he can’t remember anything before that morning. More monsters begin to appear throughout the previously idyllic, peaceful town Clair hasn’t left in ten years and more people seem to be developing abilities that are somehow linked to their emotions and Clair herself. As Clair and her new friends search for answers they uncover secrets they never could have imagined.

2. What stage is your WIP in? (aka first draft, second, third, editing, betas, etc)  
Still technically first draft but third round of it now I think. This story has existed in different iterations since early 2017 with a few characters and moments staying the same. The main thing has always been the abilities that are affected by emotions among a few other things I’ll keep secret for now. I’m hoping this year maybe I’ve finally got it right.

3. What are your NaNo goals? (Monthly word count goal? Daily goals?) 
I’m aiming for the usual 50k words in a month which works out at 1.666k words a day if I’m not mistaken? Even if I fall behind I still want to at least make the effort to write every day which is a practise I had fallen out of until Inktober this month.

4. Do you have NaNo rewards for meeting different goals or the final goal? 
Not hugely. I tend to reward myself for reaching my daily goal by playing one of my favourite video games or something similar. I usually think of something to treat myself with if I complete my goal too but I haven’t thought of anything yet.

5. Are you in a NaNo cabin and/or do you have NaNo buddies? 
Not so much this year. I am in a NaNoWriMo group on facebook and a group for my area via the Nano site where we do sprints together sometimes but that’s about it.

6. Have you done NaNoWriMo in the past (November or other months) and how did it go? 
As mentioned before I’ve done the yearly NaNoWriMo twice in the past already and I’ve done Camp NaNoWriMo twice now although I don’t find them as intensive as I usually set a much lower goal.

7. What are you most excited about for this NaNo? 
Getting back to this story with a much clearer idea for its progression and its characters. The first year I had a story I liked but I could not get a good focus on its characters, the second year I did a lot of character work and really found them but then the story didn’t fit them anymore. This time around I think/hope I’ve got the balance right.

8. What is your #1 advice for people doing NaNo? 
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“The garbage will do” to me this means just write. Just get it written, it will not be perfect but that’s what editing is for.

9. What is your NaNo Handle so we can follow you? 
I’m there as MissChocobo88 and you can find my profile here. If you follow me let me know and I’ll do so back!

10. Who will you tag to do the NaNo tag? 
I don’t think I know any bloggers that are doing it this year but as usual, if you’re seeing this and want to join in consider yourself tagged and link back to me so I can check out your answers.

Okay well, I guess as I’m as ready as I’ll ever be and I’ll guess I’ll see you back here for Six for Sunday if I’m not drowning in my word count.

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Dungeons and Dragons Book Tag – Class Edition

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So as I’m sure many of you who have read my blog before will probably know, I really like Dungeons and Dragons. Like. REALLY like dungeons and dragons. My mum used to play when I was little and I’ve roped her into playing 5e with me and my friends this year too which has been a lot of fun. I’ve been playing for about three years now I think and it has had an enormous impact on my life as it really helps to foster my creativity, it’s a fantastic escape for when I’m feeling crappy and I love having things to be genuinely invested in and excited for. Now, I know I’m primarily a book blog but I do have some Dungeons and Dragons themed posts lined up so I thought this would be a good opportunity to make a little themed book tag to cross over two of my great loves. So I present to you, The Dungeons and Dragons Book Tag: Class Edition.

Barbarian – “A fierce warrior or primitive background who can enter a battle rage.”
A book that made you mad.
The Island by M.A Benett made me see red. The main character was absolutely and completely horrid, the things he did and thought were often disgusting and I think it was the first time I’d ever felt such rage for a character. I’m fairly certain the point of the book was to dislike this character, it does a brilliant job and will honestly be a book that will always stick in my mind. Kind of an I hate the character but not sure I hate the book kind of thing.

Bard – “An inspiring magician whose power echoes the music of creation.”
Your favourite book that features music in some way.
Finding Home by Hari Conner (spoiler-free review for volume two here) had some beautiful scenes with Janek playing and singing that I absolutely adore.

Cleric – “A priestly champion who wields divine magic in service of a higher power.” 
A book with a message to it that you found particularly important. 
Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman. I feel like this book says grief is okay, grief is important and necessary and everyone deals with theirs in their own ways and that it is okay to feel better but to also carry that grief with you even still.

Druid – “A priest of the old faith, wielding the powers of nature and adopting animal forms.”  
A classic book you’ve enjoyed. 
The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien. I don’t usually read a lot of books that are considered “classics” but I think this one would qualify. I read it tons when I was younger and it defintley helped me to fall in love with fantasy in a hard way.

Fighter – “A master of martial combat, skilled with a variety of weapons and armour.”
In a trial by combat which bookish character would you choose to fight for you?
No question, I would choose Mia from the Nevernight trilogy.

Monk – “A master of martial arts, harnessing the power of the body in pursuit of physical and spiritual perfection.”
A book that has everything.  

Once and Future by Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy for sure. To quote my own review in-fact, “SWORDS, JOUSTING, SPACESHIPS, STRONG QUEER WOMEN, TEENAGE MERLIN, GORGEOUS FLUIDS AND NON BINARIES, MAGIC, ANGST, SEXUAL TENSION AND DID I MENTION THIS IS MOSTLY SET IN SPACE BECAUSE YES.”

Paladin – “A holy warrior bound to a sacred oath”
A book you will recommend or defend until the end of time. 

Heartstopper by Alice Oseman because it is beautiful and wholesome and I love those boys so much (and Nelly).

Ranger – “A warrior who combats threats on the edge of civilization”
Favourite bookish animal companion.
Nelly from Heartstopper obviously.

Rouge – “A scoundrel who uses stealth and trickery to overcome obstacles and enemies.”
A plot twist that snuck up on you! 

I feel like I just need to say Lauren James instead of just naming a book because her books, especially The Loneliest Girl in the Universe and The Quiet at the End of the World featured some twists that felt like they literally smacked me in the face which I adore.

Sorcerer – “A spellcaster who draws on inherent magic from a gift or bloodline.”
Favourite bookish family.
Sorry but I’ve got to say the Herondales from the Shadow Hunter books. Will, Jace, James, Lucie? Herondales are awesome.

Warlock – “A wielder of magic that is derived from a bargain with an extraplanar entity.”
A bookish anti-hero.  

I know a lot of people hate her but I adore Jude Duarte from the Cruel Prince. I love that she’s unapologetic, she takes a hit and gets back up and she does what she needs to get what she wants.

Wizard – “A scholarly magic-user capable of manipulating the structures of reality.”
Favourite fictional world.
This is kind of a cheaty answer because it’s not wholly bookish but Azeroth and it’s other surrounding continents from World of Warcraft. I don’t play as much as I would like anymore and there haven’t been many new tie-in books recently but I will never forget Azeroth, Northrend, Pandaria and all the others and probably the others to come. The world just has such amazingly rich lore and it’s only secrets as well as looking beautiful.

I won’t tag anyone in particular but if you liked this tag and want to take part, whether you’ve played or are a Dungeons and Dragons fan or not, consider yourself tagged and let me know if you do it so I can check out your answers! Have a great rest of the week/end and I’ll see you back here Sunday with some witchy books!

 

 

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The Autumn Tag 2019

AUTUMN IS HERE. Autumn is my favourite season and I’m so happy!! It’s a little early in the morning as I type this and it’s still mostly dark outside and I love it. I know when I go to do the school run later I’m going to wear my long grey cardigan and my shadowhunter rune scarf and I’m so glad it’s cold enough to do so. LOVE IT. So as the joy of Autumn feeds my soul I thought it would be a good time to try my hand at The Autumn Tag! I was tagged by the lovely Jenn from Jenniely and will try to remember to tag some more people below!

1. Hot Chocolate – what is your comfort book?

I love rereading Heartstopper to give me a case of the warm and fuzzies. If I want to escape for a while and get a nostalgia hit I’ll reach for The Hobbit and if I’m feeling some good ole cheesy, YA angst I’ll go for one of the Twilight books for City of Bones.

2. Pumpkin Carving – what is your favourite creative outlet?

I’m not really good at anything creative. I loved to write, fiction, a little poetry and D&D stories etc are my favourites. I’d love to learn to knit or crochet though.

3. Falling Leaves – changes that appear bad but you secretly love?

I don’t really deal well with any kind of change, to be honest.

4. Pumpkin Spiced Latte – something you love that others tend to judge

I think a lot of adults who aren’t in my circle of friends, e.g the people I used to work with used to think it weird that I still played video games in my late 20’s and that I read a lot of fantasy and Sci-fi, especially YA.

Also, I loved The Cursed Child and I’m a Reylo (I ship Kylo Ren/Ben Solo and Rey in Star Wars) which really infuriates a lot of people.

5. Bonfire Night – what makes you explode with joy?

So this might sound like a weird one but when I go to a concert and the band plays my favourite song or a song that means a lot to me. I have literally wept with joy at concerts and although I don’t go to them hugely often anymore I always remember that feeling.

6. Fright Night – favourite scary book or film

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe is amazing and it gave me actual nightmares.

7. Halloween candy – favourite thing to eat

I really need to cut down on snacking in the evening because at the moment I really love these cheap knock off peanut M&M’s and they’re super addictive. I think my absolute favourite thing to eat would probably be my dad’s curry though.

8. Scarves – your autumn ‘must-have’ accessory

SCARVES AND CARDIGANS. I have an extensive scarf collection and I’m so happy that it’s finally getting cold enough to wear them and I plan to replenish my cardigan draw this year as I’m down to just a couple after wearing most of my favourite ones to death.

9. Fire – a book or film that burns your soul

Probably another unpopular opinion but The Last Jedi. I loved The Force Awakens, I love Rey and I hated Kylo Ren but the damn emotions I went through during TLJ were crazy and when THAT fight scene happens (in the throne room) I practically vibrated with joy and I loved it so much I cried. But then as my husband can attest to, I genuinely wailed out loud in the cinema when Ben asks Rey…well I don’t want to spoil it. I rewatch this film a lot just for the chemistry between those two, to be honest. And that fight scene.

10. Toffee apples – a book or film that seems one thing but really has a different inside.

I know I’ve already mentioned it but The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James absolutely hit me with a curve-ball. I went in thinking it a fluffy contemporary-like novel set in space. HAH. Damn was I wrong.

I tag Gaynor at Koop PaperbacksandPinot
Susan at NovelLives
Cora at TeaPartyPrincess 
Lois at Loisreadsbooks

If you haven’t been tagged and would like to do the tag anyway then go for it, consider yourself tagged!

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Brooklyn 99 Book Tag

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I was tagged by the lovely Layla from Readable Life to do the Brooklyn Nine Nine tag! I’ve actually been watching a few episodes in the evening while I’ve been unwell so I figured this would be perfect to do this week!

JAKE PERALTA;
A PROTAGONIST THAT YOU CAN’T HELP BUT LOVE

Mia Corverre from the Nevernight Chronicles. I feel that Mia does all of these questionable and morally grey, if not utterly black things. She’s abrasive, she has a crappy temper and quite enjoys (most of the time) murdering people but (and I know I’m not the only one) I cannot help but absolutely adore her.

AMY SANTIAGO;
STRONG FEMALE CHARACTER

This is a tough one! Almost all of the books I read have strong female characters in. The first one that comes to mind, however, is Emma Carstairs from the Shadowhunter Chronicles. I love that Emma is not only physically strong and totally badass but that despite all the horrible things that have happened to her she does her best to stay mentally strong for those around her but she can also admit when she finds things difficult (eventually). She’s such a presence and I like that she’s able to be soft and gentle as well as hardened and tough without either side compromising the other.

GINA LINETTI;
FAVOURITE BOOK INCLUDING ROYALTY

Absolutely agreeing with Layla here and saying The Wicked King. I ADORE political intrigue, especially when it’s all dark and underhanded but even better than that is a love/hate almost relationship where the two of them can’t decide if they want to kiss each or stab each other (not healthy or a real idea for actual relationships I am aware disclaimer as always). I am desperate for Queen of Nothing!

TERRY JEFFORDS;
BOOK THAT HAS THE BEST CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT

I adored Remy from Summer Bird Blue and the way her character developed over the course of the book. You could really feel her struggle and her seemingly ever-present grief trying to eat away at her and the book can be a little heavy with it at times but as Remy’s character develops over time the whole story begins to feel lighter too and it was fantastic to see her begin to heal and face her life as her own.

RAYMOND HOLT;
BOOK THAT WAS BORING AT FIRST IMPRESSION, BUT TURNED OUT TO BE AMAZING

I actually want to answer with a trilogy instead of a single book for this one. I read Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton just before going to an event for the launch of Traitor to the Throne and what I’d read to begin with was okaaaay. It didn’t blow me away but it wasn’t inherently bad, it was just a little boring but towards the end it really started picking up and I was interested enough to pick up the sequel at the launch and that sat on my shelf for almost a year but as the release of the third and final book, Hero at the Fall loomed I decided to finally read the second and it blew me away, I adored it and I devoured the third book a month later and to this date it has been my favourite ending to a series. I loved it and it felt crazy to remember a time when I found the first book boring.

CHARLES BOYLE;
CHARACTER WHO PROVIDES THE BEST COMEDY RELIEF IN TENSE MOMENTS

Another one I have to agree with Layla for! Finnian from Aurora Rising is absolute gold. He’s sassy, sarcastic and flirty at pretty much all times including when in mortal peril.

ROSA DIAZ;
A CHARACTER YOU LOVE, BUT WHO COULD KILL YOU IN A SECOND

Okay so I’m not sure I’ve really mentioned it on social media but most of my friends will tell you that the ones that could kill me in a second are usually my favourites. It seems I have a thirst for hot fictional murder-ery villains. I feel like me top three four would probably be Mia Corverre (duh), Damon Salvatore, Jasper Hale and Mattew Clairmont.
I might have a vampire problem okay?!

HITCHCOCK & SCULLY;
FAVOURITE DUOLOGY

I’ve actually read very few duologies but I think my favourite I’ve read so far would probably be Strange the Dreamer and Muse of Nightmares. These were the first books I’d read by Laini Taylor and I immediately fell in love with her poetic prose and her these books that read like fairytales. I loved them in audiobook form especially, Steve West is a brilliant narrator.

CHEDDAR;
FAVOURITE FURRY COMPANION

Nelly from Heartstopper. She’s a gorgeous, bouncy border Collie and I always end up with a stupid, huge grin on my face whenever she’s on the page. She is life and honestly, I think she needs her own fan club because she’s amazing.

Thank you Layla for tagging me, NINE NINE! If you think you’d like to give this a go consider yourself tagged and let me know so I can check out your answers!

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The 100 Truths Tag

So I’ve been a little out of touch with my blogging lately, little man starting school has really thrown me out of the loop with a lot of things and my blogging and reading is something that’s taken a bit of a hit. I’ve gone from having scheduled posts or at least ideas/rough ideas for posts weeks in advance to sneaking in a bit of blogging and reading in the small moments I can get and I’m sure it’ll balance out eventually, it just might take some time. Today I decided to do a tag that’s been sitting in my drafts since about last year but I hadn’t got around to doing which is the 100 truths tag about myself. I saved it initially because it reminded me of those silly long questionnaires we used to do on MySpace back in the day so I hope you enjoy finding out a little more about me.

The 100 Truths Tag:

1. What is Your Name?

Jemma

2. Any Nicknames or Aliases?

Not hugely unless you count Mum from my little man, when I played a lot of WoW people knew me only by my character name which was Evvee. I still get called Jem sometimes which is cool too, I’m not hugely fussed.

3. Your Gender

Female – she/her pronouns.

4. Your Star Sign?

Capricorn and yes I’m as grumpy and controlling as the best of them.

5. How Old Are You?

29 – I honestly feel like I’ve been thirty forever now.

6. Your Relationship Status?

Married for six years as of a couple of weeks ago.

7. Any Children?

Just my little man, the fact he’s at school now is crazy.

8. Any Pets?

Jiji, my void familiar. (Black cat).

9. Any Tattoos/Piercings?

Four ear piercings (have also had nose pierced twice), five tattos but would love a couple more.

10. What Do You Like About Yourself?

 

11. What Do You Dislike About Yourself?

I’m hella clumsy despite being hyper-aware of my surroundings, I’m really bad at most kinds of social interaction, and often say stupid things or talk too much. I’m fickle and am quick to anger or upset.

12. Right or Left?

Right handed.

LASTS:

13. The Last Thing You Drank:

Apple and Blackcurrant squash.

14. The Last Thing You Ate?

Curry for dinner last night.

15. Your Last Phone Call:

According to my phone, it was my father in law!

16. Your Last Text Message:

From the husband apologising for forgetting to pick up a lasagne from work for the fourth day running.

17. Your Last E-Mail:

From Feline Trickster via Pateron with some awesome progress of two new prints she’s working on!

18. The Last Song You Listened To:

Well, I’m currently listening to “Hold me Tight, or don’t” by Fall Out Boy. Playing D&D tonight so got my Lucien playlist on.

19. The Last Book You Read:

It feels like it’s been so long, I actually had to check! I’m behind on my reading challenge and everything! The last book I read was apparently The Tea Dragon Festival which released this week! You can find my spoiler-free review here.

20. The Last Time You Cried:

Probably a few days ago…

21. The Last Blog You Read:

Cora’s (Tea Party Princess) NEWTS Wrap Up which you can check out here.

22. The Last Person You Spoke To:

My mum. She’s staying the night after playing Dungeons and Dragons with us and chatting while I type.

23. The Last Place You Visited?

Not including the school run twice a day and assuming you don’t mean somewhere mundane like the supermarket then I went to the O2 last Sunday to see Muse in concert.

24. Your Last Holiday Abroad:

A long, long, long time ago I went to Tenerife with my family, I was still in school so it was a fair while ago, I also had my arm in plaster after I badly fractured it which sucked.

HAVE YOU EVER:

25. Got Back With an Ex?

If you count Chris.

26. Been Cheated On?

Yes

27. Cheated On Someone?

Yes

28. Lost Someone Special To You?

Yes

29. Been So Drunk You Threw Up?

No

30. Fallen Out Of Love With Someone?

Yes

31. Met Someone Who Changed You?

Yes

32. Been In A Situation Where You Found Out Who Your Real Friends Are?

Yes.

33. Kissed Someone You Shouldn’t Have?

Yes

34. Found Out People Were Talking About You Behind Your Back?

Yes

35. Broken Someone’s Heart?

Unlikely.

36. Kissed A Stranger?

Yes.

37. Had Your Own Heart Broken?

Yes

38. Had Sex On A First Date?

Yes.

39. Been Arrested?

Yes.

40. Been Attracted To Someone That Isn’t The Gender You Usually Find Attractive?

I’m Pansexual so no, I’m attracted regardless of gender.

41. Done Something You Regret?

Yes

42. Had A Threesome?

Yes.

43. Embarrassed Yourself In Public

Yes

44. Misjudged Someone?

Yes

YOUR BELIEFS AND OPINIONS:

45. Do You Believe In God?

Sometimes something like it, haven’t figured it out yet.

46. Do You Believe In Yourself?

Occasionally.

47. Do You Believe In Santa Claus?

No

48. Do You Believe In Ghosts?

No

49. Do You Believe in Aliens?

I believe there are probably other lifeforms out there yes, believing we’re the only ones in the entire universe seems strange and big-headed.

50. Do You Believe In Miracles?

No

51. Do You Believe In The Power of Positive Thinking?

I believe it can help dependant on the situation.

52. Do You Believe In Love At First Sight?

No.

53. Can Money Make You Happy?

Absoloutley. I find a lot of people disagree with me on this and don’t get me wrong you can have money and be miserable as well as not have money and be relatively happy but having enough money to not have to worry about bills or food etc would make me a hell of a lot happier.

54. Would You Describe Yourself As A Feminist?

Yes, I am a person who supports feminism, i.e the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.

55. Are You Pro-Life or Pro-Choice?

Pro-Choice

56. Do You Have Strong Political Beliefs?

I never thought I did and I’m not smart or eloquent so I try not to talk about them often as I can’t articulate well but it turns out I do.

57. Do You Have Strong Religious Beliefs?

Not all all.

58. What Do You Think The Most Important Thing You Can Give A Child Is?

Love and safety – Keeping Ash’s answer here as it’s perfect.

RIGHT NOW:

59. Are You Eating Anything:

No

60. Are You Drinking Anything:

No.

61. What Are You Listening To:

Season one, episode one of Killjoys

62. What Are You Thinking:

It’s getting late and I should head to bed.

63. What Are You Waiting For:

Good question.

64. What Are You Most Excited For?

Christmas!

65. What’s Your Pet Peeve:

Just one? haha. Being late??

66. What’s Your Favourite Thing:

My family, my kitty, my books and my imagination. – Refusing to pick just one

67. If You Weren’t Answering These Questions What Would You Be Doing?

At this point? Probably housework.

FIRSTS:

68. Best Friend:

Not sure that I have one.

69. Kiss:

When I was 12 I think, some boy I met on holiday in Devon.

70. Celebrity Crush:

I think David Boreanaz from Buffy, swiftly replaced by James Masters as Spike obviously.

71. Holiday:

The first one I remember was our first family holiday to Dawlish in Devon, we stayed in a four story townhouse and I felt like a princess because I got to sleep in the room on the top floor (I was the only one who didn’t mind doing all those stairs every day).

72. Pet:

We had so many cats and rabbits and guinea pigs etc when I was younger but I guess my first pet would technically be Jack the Jack Russel who was born the same day as me or maybe our tabby cat Loki who was the first pet I owned myself.

73. Regret:

First regret? Who knows! Probably dropping that log on my foot on my first day of school and breaking two of toes?

74. Job:

I worked in a Morrisons cafe and it was fairly crappy but honestly a job I wouldn’t mind so much now.

75. Childhood Memory:

I don’t know how young I was, older than two though as my brother was a little baby and I’m two years older than him. I remember our car breaking down on a hill and everything getting out to push and I was sad I wasn’t allowed to help.

WHICH WOULD YOU CHOOSE:

76. Love or Money?

Love

77. Twitter or Facebook?

Facebook – purely because I use it to talk to my friends more.  I do love Twitter though.

78. Hook-Up or Relationship?

Relationship

79. Dogs or Cats?

Cats

80. Coffee or Tea?

Hot Chocolate.

81. Beer or Wine?

Coconut rum.

82. Sweet or Savoury?

Sweet

83. Introvert or Extrovert?

Introvert

84. Vampires or Werewolves?

Vampires

85. Seaside or Countryside?

Seaside

86. Summer or Winter?

Winter

87. Books or Movies?

Books

88. Horror or Comedy?

Comedy.

RANDOM:

89. Do You Wish You Could Change The Past?

Yes

90. Dream Job:

Book seller.

91. Guilty Pleasure:

The Vampire Diaries. I am absolute trash.

92. What Are You Afraid Of?

Falling and failing.

93. What Was The First Thing You Wanted To Be When You Grew Up?

A journalist, Xena or a mermaid.

94. If You Could Have Any Superpower, What Would It Be?

To be able to control time.

95. If You Could Change Anything About Your Life What Would It Be?

Having more money.

96. Would You Want Immortality?

No.

97. If You Could Interview Anyone Alive or Dead, Who Would You Choose?

Would saying Jay Kristoff be predictable?

98. Would You Say You Are Happy?

On a day to day basis, yes for the most part.

99. What Piece of Advice Would You Give Yourself at Age 18?

Save up, learn to drive, eat better, work out more, find a better job.

100. Where Would You Like To Be In Five Years Time?

Happy and healthy, I’d like to have lost some weight and have a job again.

So now you’ve found out about me tell me one fact about yourself! I won’t tag anyone in particular but if you’d like to do it, as always, consider yourself tagged!