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Top Ten Tuesday: Colourful Covers

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Hello friends! I hope today is the start of a fabulous new Tuesday, especially in line with the fun and colourful atmosphere this topic should bring this week. In case it isn’t obvious already, today I will highlight some covers that were bold, gorgeous and unapologetically colourful. Is it just me or are there just so many covers these days, particularly in YA, that are black? Or is that just me? (Though do let me know if you agree 😉 )

Without further ado, here are the covers I present to you today. Do any stick out to you and just make you curious enough to want to check out its synopsis?

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25 Bookish Facts about Fives

Hey y’all! Just wanted to continue this new trend/tag set by Andge. Being new, hopefully this is a chance to get to know me slightly better too!

Again, this was not our own creation, but over yonder, by Sara @ The Bibliophagist! Make sure to check out her site and show her your support too :)!

I am taking inspiration from Andge’s facts, so bear with me! Time to find out my own similarities with her too, it seems.

1. My favourite book is Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. Just something about its enchanting story, and its dramatic twists and turns and heart-wrenching journey just tears me apart every time. Nothing has matched that for me yet, so it is my favourite book of all time at the moment. I highly recommend it if you haven’t read it!

2. I tend not to re-read too many books. Unless I absolutely adored them and just have to re-immerse myself into that world. – Andge (I had to keep this one, it’s literally me to a tee.) Books I re-read mainly consists of…just Harry Potter (wingaaaardium levioooosa)

3. I grew up reading mostly fantasy books. I love magic. Anything magical. Anything where there’s a realistic world….except with magic. How I dream of having powers of my own haha! Specifically, I read books like the Magic Treehouse series when I was much younger.

4. I do not borrow from the library, but do spontaneously purchase from the store. I should really borrow more from the library. I used to do it a lot when I was younger…why did I ever stop? Must be my laziness…but honestly a great place to be! Now I just browse in the store and pick up good deals! And suggestions from Andge, of course.

5. Yes, I have a kindle, but paper all the way. Once again, my laziness prevails, because I’m too lazy to purchase/look for the e-versions of books. I like being in the store, judging books by their covers (gasp!), finding value books or getting suggestions!

6. I read very quickly (compared to average). I tend to blitz through books pretty quickly, especially the more interesting ones, because I simply cannot put it down. Or if it’s a mystery that I need to know the ending of. Fun fact: I finished a whole mystery novel during one of Andge’s shifts, just standing there waiting for her!

7. I never read multiple books simultaneously, I read books sequentially. Maybe it’s some sort of obsession with finishing books? I can’t leave something hanging, but more likely  because I will forget the plot when I try and revisit it. Fortunately, I read quickly so it’s not too big of an issue.

8. I’ve only ever DNF’d one book. I definitely agree with Andge on this one. I just can’t do it. The one time I did I was in grade 6 and it was some odd book that I just didn’t care about (The Leap or something). Usually I’m smarter though, and just by reading the little blurb and perhaps a couple of pages, I can usually decide whether I will finish the book or not.

 9. I’m pretty bad with remembering author’s names. Oops, I am sure this is a major faux-pas! Guess I’m not a true bookworm. That being said I am learning to be much more cognizant, because what kind of bookworm doesn’t remember an author’s name? I guess it’s just because I’m usually stuck in the world that the author has created, making me forget sometimes where the real credit is due (I’m working on this, I promise!).

10. I tend not to stop reading in the middle of a page. More of my pickiness showing I’m sure. I just have to get to the end of a chapter or at least some sort of reasonable ending before I put the book down!

11. I can literally forget everything just to read. Who needs to eat, who needs to sleep, who needs to shower? I would literally just read for the rest of my life if my eyes let me. I remember once reading the whole Twilight saga in grade 9 in 3 days…may or may not have forgone studying for a science test (oops!).

12. I’ve tried writing, but I just can’t get into it. Does anyone remember Nano? I’ve tried it a couple of times but I can just never bring myself to do it. I think it’s something inherently tied to the fact that I think my own artistry is never as good as someone else’s. Maybe one day.

13. I read in low light most of the time. Yes, I know, I know, terrible. I promise I don’t do it if I don’t have to. But most of the time I just want to be comfortable and reading my book so that I can fully immerse myself in the world as my imagination runs wild.

14. My guilty pleasure kind of book are cheesy romances or rom-coms. This is Andge’s but definitely also my guilty pleasure for sure. I just like books with heavily developed romances, and sometimes the only books that give me what I’m looking for are exactly what is most embarrassing to be seen reading…

15. I was one of those kids who could be found at the library often. My dad would take me and just leave me there. I would borrow six books at a time, read them all and repeat next week. What I wouldn’t give to have that kind of time again.

16. Most of my friends don’t enjoy reading. So sad! I mean, some of my friends do read occasionally, but no one really appreciates them as much as I do. It was nice to catch up with Andge and find out that we had this in common (and here I am because of it!)

17. I prefer softcovers to hardcovers. Is that weird? On the one hand, the pure aesthetic value (and protection) that a hardcover offers is wonderful. On the other hand the price tag on it for literally the same book is sometimes just not justifiable. The real reason is that it’s easier to open and flip through a softcover rather than the hardcover though. It also just feels more like reading a book to me, for some reason.

18. I’ve never tried an audiobook. While it seems to be a big trend, I don’t particularly see the appeal. Especially when I myself am a fast reader, it seems hard to justify. That being said I would still be open to trying it.

19. I love comparing movies to books. I’m that snob who will be like, wasn’t that dress supposed to be blue? Why is it teal in the movie? Yup, that’s me. Sometimes it’s better for me not to read the book or not to watch the movie out of the pair, haha!

20. I even like reading textbooks. WHAT? Yeah, I’m that kind of nerd… Something about learning from a book just satisfies something in me, it is very odd indeed. But with the diagrams and everything, it’s just nice. Really helped with studying in school for sure!

21. I love discussing books. I feel that overall books are so much more enjoyable when it can be shared with someone. It’s like watching a great movie that no one else has watched – it just isn’t as fun. I have so many ideas about the characters and questions about the world and what not, it is just so much more interesting to have someone to bounce the ideas off of.

22. I will read books that are deemed classics, even if I don’t enjoy them. I just want to be cultured! But admittedly, this often leads me to really dread these books. But at least I can say that I’ve read them to anyone who asks!

23. I stopped reading for a short while during university. Somehow the university life just occupied me completely and I forgot about books for a bit. I am definitely thankful Andge re-introduced books into my life so that I could once again be in one of my happy places (and be here to share it with all of you!)

24. I am sometimes afraid to start a book. Especially if there’s something coming up that should be more important. It’s dangerous for me to start a book. If I get too hooked, I literally put everything else down to finish the book as fast as possible. Certainly not always a good thing when I should have other priorities!

25. I use scraps as bookmarks while only occasionally using my nice bookmarks (when I remember to). I HAD to keep this, because PLEASE DON’T DOG-EAR YOUR BOOKS. Okay, PSA over. I always want to keep my book as pristine as possible. I learned the hard way what happens when you lend your books to friends…(did I mention it was my copy of Memoirs of a Geisha? CRIES…). Never again.

So, do you sound like me with any of these above peculiarities on books and reading? Leave a comment below to share our similarities and/or differences!

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Review: The Traitor Prince by C.J. Redwine

Series: Ravenspire #3

the traitor prince -cj redwineJavan Najafai, crown prince of Akram, has spent the last ten years at an elite boarding school, far away from his kingdom. But his eagerly awaited return home is cut short when a mysterious imposter takes his place—and no one believes Javan is the true prince.

After barely escaping the imposter’s assassins, Javan is thrown into Maqbara, the kingdom’s most dangerous prison. The only way to gain an audience with the king — and reveal Javan’s identity — is to fight in Maqbara’s yearly tournament. But winning is much harder than acing competitions at school, and soon Javan finds himself beset not just by the terrifying creatures in the arena, but also a band of prisoners allied against him, and even the warden herself.

The only person who can help him is Sajda, who has been enslaved by Maqbara’s warden since she was a child, and whose guarded demeanor and powerful right hook keep the prisoners in check. Working with Sajda might be the only way Javan can escape alive — but she has dangerous secrets.

Together, Javan and Sajda have to outwit the vicious warden, outfight the deadly creatures, and outlast the murderous prisoners intent on killing Javan. If they fail, they’ll be trapped in Maqbara for good—and the secret Sajda’s been hiding will bury them both.

4 Drink Me Potions

**The Traitor Prince comes out February 13, 2018**

Thank you Edelweiss and HarperCollins for this copy in exchange for an honest review

This may be my favourite book from CJ Redwine yet! The Traitor Prince artfully pieces together another story in the Ravenspire universe, this time set in the deserts of Akram. While the story starts off with another character (the traitor devising a plan to steal the throne), we follow the male protagonist, Javan, a lot in the beginning which was a refreshing change.

The story was fairly fast-paced, and oh boy, pretty action-packed. With people working against him and betrayals coming from every direction, Javan gets sent to Maqbara, the infamous prison that’s changed since he’s been gone in another kingdom. There he meets Sajda, the warden’s slave, an initially fearsome girl with a deep secret.

Their romantic chemistry is subtle and not over done – just the way I like it. Redwine doesn’t make it seem like they instantly hit it off, or confess any huge attraction for each other instantaneously. In fact, they’re downright hostile to each other at first (particularly Sajda). To my delight, the transformation in their relationship as they’re forced to work together to escape Maqbara was so realistic and honestly, felt JUST right. As wariness slowly turned into trust, you can totally reach out and roll around in the feels there. Not just in their own relationship, but the tenuous ones forged in the heart of the prison.

If you’re not such a huge romance lover, never fear! There’re fights to the death in this novel.

That’s right. To the DEATH.

Like, gladiator style. Good thing Javan can fight.

The descriptions throughout these fights and the messes Javan gets in with other inmates keep your blood pumping as vicious creatures – all crazily described including their abilities and fatal weaknesses – attack the prisoners from all sides. And they’re not this prince’s only problem! I love that I felt everything just as deeply as he did. The injustice that was done to him. The honour he tried to bestow on his family all these years that could disappear in this prison with him. But mostly, I loved how his character strengthened throughout this ordeal. His faith in his god wavered at times, but there was a purpose in his being here – a royal who wouldn’t ever get this chance – mingling with the lowest of the lows.

Now, if none of the above draws you into this story, I dunno what would impress you. To throw it in there, little sweet cameos/appearances or mentions of the previous protagonists in the Ravenspire series also feature. But if you haven’t read them, never fear! Sajda and Javan’s story work well on its own as well.

So what are you waiting for?

Overall Recommendation:
The Traitor Prince has outdone itself with a well-paced plot, continuous action and suspense (to the death style), and a slow simmering chemistry between the main characters. The emotion it can invoke in you is outstanding as we get drawn into Javan’s story from the very beginning. If you’re one to enjoy fantasies with the odds stacked against you and a slow-burn kind of romance that develops along with the characters, I’d say this is a book for you.