Welcome To Taibria- NaNoWriMo #5

  
Hey everyone! I was contemplating on doing another meet [incert a character] post but I decided that I should introduce another important part of a story which is setting.

Now my NaNo story is a fantasy one so I was thinking of setting my story in a completely different place and country than the ones we live in. There are in all three main settings or Kingdoms really that my main protagonists come from or travel to and ect ect.

Here are my notes for Taibria!

Kingdom of Taibria

Surrounded by the Bell Sea on the East And South Coast. To the North it is the Wonderium Woodlands and to the West miles of rocky, mountainy and volcanic (can you say Volcanic?) terrain.

People who live in Taibria are called Taibrians and their native tongue is Taibrish. 

A lot of sun shines upon Taibria so there main trade is crops and farming. Also they have a big trade in precious stones and gems which they sell off to surrounding Kingdoms. Taibria is known as a Merchant’s Paradise as it is said you can get anything there at the right price.

Taibria is ruled by a royal family- the Huntzviers. The Huntzviers are known for their ruthlessness against enemies and ‘the magicals’. They feed they Taibrians lies and false security which they lap up gleefully, not wanting their way of life to be disrupted.

There once small and weak army is turning into a force to be reckoned with.

Ophelia lives in Taibria in the outskirts in a place called the ‘Stacks’ named so because the buildings/flats/houses looks like they are stacked up on and against each other.

There you go! I am really like doing these NaNo posts as it keeps me creative juices flowing while blogging! I hope you guys are liking them too! Anyway I can’t wait for NaNo now, October is being so sluggish.

I’ll write soon.

-Astra

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Ten popular books/series that I haven’t read yet

Happy Sunday guys! How’s your day going? Well I should really be doing some French revision because I seriously failed my listening and reading exams, but I had this great idea for a post so I am throwing caution to the wind! 

So this list isn’t really in any particular order and some of these books/series are on my TBR list and some I just don’t have any interest in reading or I tried and failed in reading the series. Let’s get to this list then!

10. The Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer

  

I just thought I should get this one out the way. I don’t have any interest in reading this series because I’m not keen on werewolves and vampires. Also I don’t think Bella is my kind of female protagonist.

9.The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

  

I really want to try and read this series, so I can contently read the Clockwork series as well. I at least have to read City Of Bones.

8. Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sánez

  

First of all the cover is amazing. Second of all I have read such good things about this book! I like how the two main characters are not your typical white, heterosexuals. I little diversity never hurt nobody.

7. The Lunar Chronicals by Marissa Meyer

  

I have heard SO much about this series it’s unbelievable. It’s a miracle that I haven’t been spoiled yet! I am planning to get the first book this month to read for November. I am a totally fan of fairytale retelligs and I can’t wait to read this one!

7. The Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth

  

Yes I have only read the first book and I rated it a 3 out of 5 stars. I was not a fan of Tris or the writing to be honest, so I won’t be finishing off the trilogy…probably.

6. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

  

Yeah this just sounds like a lovey dovey contemporary that I just do not feel like getting into. If you have read this series please comment below and tell me if you liked it or not. From the people I’ve talked to they say that it is a very romancey novel.

5. Wonder by R.J Palacio, Raquel Jaramillo

  

This book sounds like a book everyone should read. I don’t know if I’m going to get to read it before the end of the year, but I do definitely want to read it.

4. The Remnant Chronicals by Mary E. Pearson

  

This cover slays! I am usually not a fan of books with a person on the front but this cover actually intrigues me so much! It’s one if those books that are just always there on your TBR pile wanting to be read. It needs to be a mission of mine to get this book before Christmas before it gets shoved down to the bottom on my pile.

3. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy by J.R.R Tolkien

  

I enjoyed reading the Hobbit (even though it took me about a month to read) but the LOTR trilogy is on a completely other level. You have to be really committed to read those books because the books are so dense! I don’t know if I could ever concentrate that hard on just one trilogy and I feel like even if I did o wouldn’t be enjoying the experience.

2. The Maze Runner Trilogy by James Dashner

  

I got 60-100 pages in and could not finish The Maze Runner. The writing was just not for me at all. I’m going to try again to read it again (probably next year or later this year if I have nothing to read), but I will definitely be wary before reading another one of Dashner’s books.

1.  Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 

  
I found it so hard to get into this book last summer that I did not try to read it again this year. It was so disappointing for me as well not to get into this book because I thought I was okay with reading Classics. I am not giving up with Austen though, I just have to be in the mood for her.

And there are ten books/series I haven’t read before. What popular books have you not read? Drop a comment down below so I can see how bad I’m doing! 

I’ll write soon.

-Astra

 

Review: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

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Title:Carry On
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
My Rating: 4.25 stars
Goodreads rating: 4.35

Summary (Goodreads): Simon Snow just wants to relax and savor his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest, and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he’ll be safe. Simon can’t even enjoy the fact that his roommate and longtime nemesis is missing, because he can’t stop worrying about the evil git. Plus there are ghosts. And vampires. And actual evil things trying to shut Simon down. When you’re the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savor anything.


Cover: 4/5

It’s really eye catching and lovely to look at. And when you take of the jacket *giggles* it gets so much better.



Review: When people say that they flew through the pages of a book I think yeah yeah course you did, but Crowley, when I was reading this book I was on page 109 one minute and 259 the next. It felt like magic, how could of have only been reading for an hour and made such progress? So when I say this is a fast paced book- I seriously mean it. I had to make a conscious effort to not read for long periods of time just so I stretched out this novel a bit. I could of easily finished this on Tuesday, but a hung on a bit longer and I am very glad I did. This book was highly amusing and fun to read! I was smiling stupid while reading it!

Plot: If I said the chosen one, a smart best friend, a sworn nemesis, a ‘wise’ mentor, a magical school, wands and a magical war you would probably think Harry Potter. And you would be right to think that, but now two names are going to pop up into my head: Harry Potter and Simon Snow. These are only a few similarities with Harry Potter that I pointed out. It’s like Harry Potter with a fresh in cast and a new adventure to follow. Sometimes I felt myself rolling my eyes in a half joking matter and other times gasping in shock because I thought they were going to take the simple and predictable route, but took a different turn. So to put it simply- Carry On isn’t a carbon copy of Harry Potter, but more like a heavily Harry Potter inspired story.

I will stop talking about Harry Potter now because it wouldn’t be fair- this is a new novel in its own right.

There are many POV changes during the book (seriously, one line then another POV) but they are never really infuriating (maybe Agatha’s towards the end) and I loved getting inside other characters brains so quickly and then leave a moment later, which made the book very quick to read. The book is definitely character driven and I could tell this because whenever someone asked me what the book was about, I felt that I had to tell them all about the characters to explain the plot (does that makes sense?). Nothing really wrong with that but after I finished the book it did make me wonder what the hell I read for 517 pages. All of the action seemed to happen in the last 100 pages so what happened to the other 417 pages? But it did feel like a lot of stuff was happening- it now feels like an illusion.

Even though all of the ‘action’ was taking place I felt hollow. I don’t know what that means because I did really enjoy reading the book, it’s just that the story didn’t hold my head under water, like other stories do. But because it is a character driven story I will talk about this more on the character section of this book.

Lastly, I loved how they cast spells in this book and all of the British and pop culture references, those were appreciated!

Characters: Simon Snow is a typical chosen one, brave, naive, too trusting and rather special in everyone’s eyes. Simon was a pretty likable character overall, I never felt his character was annoying and I rather enjoyed reading his POV chapters because those chapters had bucket loads of world-building unlike some (cough cough Lucy cough cough).

Penelope was pretty likable and 5 points to Rowell because she was half Indian and English and not just a full on English gal she could of easily been. Her witty comments were really appreciated! I wish I could of learned more about her and her life because she did seen genuinely interesting.

Baz. Oh how I loved Baz’s character! He was funny, smart and dark and yes yes YES! The whole vampire part was not roadkill in my opinion but nicely written for his character. His and Simon’s conversations were entertaining to read and I don’t think you can’t help but like Baz though he can be a bit rude and lovey dovey and angsty.

HOWEVER, even though I am saying all of these nice things, I didn’t feel connected to any of these characters. I wish there was much more deep character development. They stayed flat and I hate flat! And with this being a largely character driven story I feel that I should of felt more for these characters.

What I liked:

  • How fast paced the book was
  • The writing was on point! Smooth and enjoyable.
  • The twists and turns of the plot
  • British and pop culture references

What I disliked:

  • That the characters didn’t have many layers to them
  • How the plot seemed missing sometimes
  • (Too many Harry Potter-like things?)

Verdict: A great, quick read with some light hearted and dark moments mixed in together, though the flat characters and missing plot sometimes let it down slightly. But I still recommend this novel to fans of romance, fantasy and maybe Harry Potter!

-Astra

September Wrap Up!

September has been a very successful reading month, surprisingly! Even though school had started three weeks ago, I read through 6 and a half books (I was halfway through The Miniaturist when the clock stroke 12 on the 1st October). So on with the wrap up! Also, I’ll be leaving the Goodreads links for all of the books at the end of the post.

Firstly, I read Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. IT WAS AMAZING! I know a lot of people are conflicted about whether or not this book is an original piece of work or a mash up of successful YA novels. I am planning to do a review about this book soon so I won’t say much, but yeah, brilliant book!


The next two books I read in September was the Queen of the Tearling and the Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. Although I can see why people might of gotten confused with the world building in TQOTT I found it immensely enjoyable. I loved how everything was so complicated to understand and how so many different factors come in to just ruling the bloody Tearling. The same with TIOFT, the whole world looked very vivid in my mind. The only problem I had with the books was that it did change POVs A LOT. But then again I can’t complain because I loved some of the different POVs as well. 5 stars for both!


Throne of Glass was next by Sarah. J. Mass and again it was a very smooth read, I finished it in two days I think. Anyway, I sort of get the hype for the series because I did love Sarah’s writing; so quick and clean. And (I don’t really want to admit this) I loved the love triangle!  I’m not going to say anything else just in case spoilers, but I definitely recommend this book.


The Young Elites by Marie Lu was a solid read. The main character was an anti hero which was something that was really new to me, I was kind of confused with my feelings towards her. The second book, The Rose Society is going to be out later this month, so hopefully I get a copy and read it before October is over. 4 out of 5 stars.


The last and final read for September was the Night Circus…..WOW. That is the only word I can find to describe this novel (which was written by Erin Morgenstern). It was a phenomenal read. My fortnight recommend is The Night Circus because I just believe anyone can read it. If you like fantasy, read this. If you like mystery, read this. If you like circus’, read this. I am going to have to post a review about this book as well but 5 stars out of 5 definitely for now.


And that is my September wrap up! I hope you enjoyed reading this and take heed on some of my recommendations! What books have you read? Comment down below!

Red Queen

The Queen of the Tearling and The Invasion of the Tearling

Throne Of Glass

The Young Elites

The Night Circus

-Astra

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