Featured Tuesday: Quotes from “Carry On”

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You saw this coming, didn’t you? I mean, I ranted so much about Carry On in my review that this was the next logical step to take. This book was absolutaly amazing and there were so many quotes in it that I liked, hilarious or otherwise. So I decided to share some of my favorites with you! Enjoy!

Note: this post contains spoilers so if you haven’t read this book yet, it would be best not to read further.

“I live with a vampire!”
“Unconfirmed.”
“Are you saying you don’t think Baz is a vampire?”
“I know he’s a vampire. But it’s still unconfirmed.” (page 39)

“Who knows what he’s capable of in his sleep.”
“You do, as much as you watch him.”
“I live with a dark creature – I’m right to be paranoid!”
“I’d trade my pixie for your vampire any day of the week. There’s no anathema to keep someone from being lethally irritating.” (page 40)

“You have to pretend you get an endgame. You have to carry on like you will; otherwise, you can’t carry on at all.” (page 143)

“Enough, Snow. I’m not the Queen.” (page 155)

“I let myself slip away… Just to stay sane. Just to get through it. And when I felt myself slipping too far, I held on to the one thing I’m always sure of – Blue eyes. Bronze curls. The fact that Simon Snow is the most powerful magician alive. That nothing can hurt him, not even me. That Simon Snow is alive. And I’m hopelessly in love with him.” (176)

“Sharing a room with the person you want most is like sharing a room with an open fire.
He’s constantly drawing you in. And you’re constantly stepping too close. And you know it’s not good–that there is no good–that there’s absolutely nothing that can ever come of it.
But you do it anyway.
And then…
Well. Then you burn.” (page 177)

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Bookshelf Scavenger Tag

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Happy Monday everyone! I’m sure by now you know the drill! It’s the start of the week, so it’s time for another tag. Today I’ll be doing the Bookshelf Scavenger Tag. I saw this over at Katytastic‘s channel and it’s a really fun and easy one, so you should all give it a try! Let’s get started, shall we?

Note: Clicking on the images will take you to the book’s pages on Goodreads.

 

Fotor_14591968416472Find an author’s name and title with the letter ‘Z’ in it.

This is a really tough one. I couldn’t for the life of me find an author whose name contains a ‘Z’ so in the end I gave up and picked up the only book I could find that had that letter, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. And Azkaban isn’t even a real word.

 

13350268Find a classic.

This was really easy since I have a shelf on my bookcase reserved only for classics. I picked up Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, because it’s one of my favorites.

Fotor_145919687449676Find a book with a key on it.

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown. I thought of it immediately when I read this and it’s currently facing forward on my shelf so it was easy to spot. Still need to read it though.

 

 

Fotor_145919691706510Find something on your bookshelf that’s not a book.

I’ve got a few candles on my shelf but I picked up my ‘Book Memories’ jar. This one is from 2015 and it’s filled with my favorite quotes from the books I read last year. I keep meaning to make one for 2016 but I haven’t been feeling very creative lately. It’s going to happen though!

 

Fotor_145919696286374Find the oldest book on your shelf.

This is definitely The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens. This copy belonged to my father when he was younger and its pages have turned yellow after all these years. I had to save it from collecting dust in our attick.

 

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Review on “Carry On”

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Genre: Fantasy, YA, Romance

Format: paperback

Publisher: Macmillan

Published: October 6th, 2015

Pages: 517

 

Goodreads summary: 

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.

Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story — but far, far more monsters.

My thoughts:

“You have to pretend you get an endgame. You have to carry on like you will; otherwise, you can’t carry on at all.” 

This review is going to be divided into two sections. The spoiler-free section and my spoilery rants. Which means it’s going to be a bit longer than usual but please bare with me because there are some things I just had to comment on! I’m going to start with my spoiler-free thoughts.

This book was bloody brilliant! That’s what it was! Words can’t even express how much I loved it and everything I’m gonna write in this review is going to be completely dull in comparison to the actual book. So if you haven’t read it yet, go ahead and do so, so you can find out yourselves how magickally amazing it is! But let’s get to business!

Carry On was such a fantastic and delightful read! The story was fun and exciting and Rainbow Rowell’s writing was ingenious. The plot isn’t even that impressive (which is to be expected I guess, since the book focuses more on the relationship between Simon and Baz) but these two totally made up the whole book for me. I couldn’t stop reading and laughing and I couldn’t get enough of the scenes with these two! I loved the fanfiction bits about Simon and Baz in Fangirl, so I was really excited to read this and I wasn’t disappointed in the least. I honestly wish there were eight Simon Snow books and not just this one. It would be so interesting to read about his adventures with Baz when they were younger.

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Top 5 Thursday: Books with plot twists

I love plot twists, don’t you? I love it when a book manages to surprise me with something unpredictable that  I never saw coming and leave me in awe for hours (maybe even days) after I’ve finished it, wracking my brains to figure out how I could have possibly missed something so vital. So today, I’m going to be listing my top 5 books with plot twists that have blown my mind! But no worries, I’m not gonna reveal any of the actual plot twists themselves, so you cant totally read on even if you haven’t read the books.

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Crown of Midnight

Crowned by Evil.
Bound by Duty.
Divided by Love.

Celaena Sardothien, royal assassin, is the King of Adarlan’s deadliest weapon. She must win her freedom through his enemies’ blood – but she cannot bear to kill for the crown. And every death Celaena fakes, every lie she tells, put those she loves at risk.

Torn between her two protectors – a captain and a prince – and battling a dark force far greater than the king, Celaena must decide what she will fight for: her liberty, her heart or the fate of a kingdom…

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My thoughts:

You all know how much love I have for this series and its characters. Throne of Glass was an exciting read but Crown of Midnight truly exceeded all my expectations and that was partly because of the plot twist at the end. Now I have to admit that I did catch the plot twist pretty early (in the middle of the first book actually) but that didn’t make it any less brilliant. This whole series is full of twists and turns actually, so it’s totally worth reading and I recommend this to lovers of high fantasy wholeheartedly!

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The Kiss of Deception

A princess must find her place in a reborn world.

She flees on her wedding day.

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor’s secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can’t abide. Like having to marry someone she’s never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.

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WWW Wednesday #1

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Hello everyone! Welcome to my very first WWW Wednesday! This a weekly meme hosted by Sam @Taking on a World of Words and I’ve been seeing it around the book blogosphere quite a lot, so I finally decided to do it myself! The three Ws are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What have you recently finished reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Let’s start, shall we?

What are you currently reading?

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I just started Lady Midnight yesterday and I can barely contain my excitement! I’ve waited for this book for so long and I can’t wait to delve deeper in its pages! Which I’ll do as soon as I finish studying. Who am I kidding? Who cares about studying when I have a book like this one in my hands, demanding to be read? I’ll probably finish it by tomorrow and then study. One day devoting to reading won’t hurt, will it?

What have you recently finished reading?

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I finished Carry On yesterday and I’m still grinning like an idiot every time I think of all those amazing Simon-Baz moments and that perfect ending! I adore these two together and I really wish there were more books about them and not just the one. Baz is wickedly awesome (or awesomely wicked, whichever your prefer) and I dare you to support otherwise!

What do you think you’ll read next?

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I’m planning on starting Passenger as soon as I finish Lady Midnight. It’s such a beautiful book and I really hope the inside will be just as amazing as the outside. Can’t wait to finally start it so I can find out!

What about you? What are you currently reading? Have you read any of these yet? If so, share your thoughts about them in the comments! 😉

The Harry Potter Tag

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“Whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.”

I couldn’t agree more with this quote by J. K. Rowling. Harry Potter was my childhood, it will always have a special place in my heart and I never say no to rereading the books and rewatching the movies. Merlin knows, how many times I’ve done so, so far and in fact I just finished marathoning all eight films yesterday. Which is why when I found this tag I couldn’t pass up on doing it. Let’s get started shall we?

1.What is your favorite book?

Such a hard question! I honestly think I love all of them equally but I’m gonna go with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows because it was an epic conclusion to the series. But I’ve always loved Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban too because it’s exceptionally well written and the turning point for Harry in the series, in my opinion.

2.What is your favorite film?

This has always been a tie between Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. They were both amazing and very well excecuted in my opinion, and even though there were plenty of changes in the last film, it still leaves me in awe every time I watch it and we all have admit it was an epic finale to the series.

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Weekly Discussion: How do you choose which books to read?

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Happy Sunday everyone! Hope you’re all having a great weekend! Mine is a pretty lazy one. I’m planing to finish Carry On today, so I can start Lady Midnight first thing in the morning tomorrow, and I figured why not take a break from reading and type a blog post about a subject that I’ve been thinking about for a while? How do you choose which books to read? And by that I don’t mean how do you choose which books from your tbr to read next but how do you decide you want to read a book and add it to your tbr list. Do you judge it by the cover? Do you read the summary at the back? Do you rely on reviews and recommendations by other people? Are your choices based on the writer or the genre? And how do you find books to consider adding on your tbr in the first place? Here’s how things usually work for me:

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Instagram is my favorite social media platform, which means I spend plenty of time on it every day, browsing though bookstagram accounts and interacting with bookworms from all over the world. It’s truly amazing how many people are eager to share their passion about the books they love, and that passion usually translates into wonderful and extra creative photos. I love looking at photos of my favorite books but I also love discovering new books that I never even knew existed by seeing their photos on the accounts of people I follow. Usually, when that happens  and a book catches my eye, I have to go and read the summary on Goodreads and chances are that it’s gonna end up at my ever growing tbr list, especially if it’s one in my favorite genre, fantasy.

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Real Neat Blog Award

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I was nominated for this by The Orang-utan Librarian and I’m so excited to do it! So thank you so much for the nomination and to all of you who are reading this, click this link above and go check out this blog because it’s seriously amazing! Please?

The rules for this are:

  • Thank and link the blogger that nominated you.
  • Answer the 7 questions that the nomination has provided you.
  • Create 7 questions for your nominees.
  • Nominate 7 other bloggers.

Questions:

1.What’s your favourite Robin Williams movie?

I haven’t actually watched that many of them, mainly because I’m not a huge fan of comedy, but two of my favorite ones have always been Jumanji and Night at the Museam. I’ve watched these two more times that I can count!

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2.In keeping with the weird theme, what’s your favourite story/book/movie where someone does a Mrs Doubtfire and dresses up as someone they’re not?

I can think of two at the moment. The first one is Jane Eyre in which Rochester dresses up as a Gypsy woman to read the palms of his guests. And the other one is when Robert Downey Jr disguised himself as a woman in the second Sherlock Holmes movie. Such a hilarious scene, made even better by the amazing Robert Downey Jr. I love him so much and I love Sherlock Holmes too, so these two movies were absolutely perfect for me!

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Review on “Falling Kingdoms”

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Series: Falling Kingdoms #1

Genre: Fantasy, YA, High Fantasy

Format: paperback

Publisher: Razorbill

Published: January 3rd, 2013

Pages: 432

 

Goodreads summary:

In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface.

As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed… and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love.

The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?

It’s the eve of war…. Choose your side.

Princess: Raised in pampered luxury, Cleo must now embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of magic long thought extinct.

Rebel: Jonas, enraged at injustice, lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country cruelly impoverished. To his shock, he finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.

Sorceress: Lucia, adopted at birth into the royal family, discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.

Heir: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, firstborn son Magnus begins to realise that the heart can be more lethal than the sword….

 

My thoughts:

“Hate is such a strong emotion. Much more powerful than indifference. But those who burn with hate can also love just as intensely. Can’t they? When you hate–or love–do you do so with all your heart? So much that it feels as if you might die from it?”

This book is high fantasy, which is my favorite genre, so I was very excited to read it along with my bookclub Bookaholic Alliance. And I’m very glad I did because it made for a very exciting read and one I couldn’t put down once I got into the story for good. I have to admit the story was somewhat unoriginal – but honestly, what’s original in fantasy these days? – but the plot, although not entirely unique, was quite complex and I was constantly compelled to turn the pages and read further. This one had all the elements you would expect from a book of this genre: magic, royalty, war, battles for power, conspiracies, betrayal. Twists and turns and shocking revelations were a constant part of this book which is what I loved about it the most. It wasn’t boring and it managed to surprise me several times and keep me second guessing until the very end. You’ll find loyalties constantly changing in this and you’ll question your own loyalties as well.

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Book Traveling Thursday #5

168709Hello everybody! It’s Thursday again so I bring you another Book Travelling Thursday post! This is a weekly meme hosted by Danielle at Danielle’s Book Blog and Catia at The Girl Who Read Too Much and it’s really fun so if you’re interested in joining you can check out the rules and themes in the Goodreads page here! This week’s theme is:

“Father’s Day is celebrated in a couple of days in a few countries! Choose a book with a awesome father figure.”

I had such a hard time finding a book for this week’s theme, mainly because most father figures in the books I read are either dead or completely horrible. So, in the end I decided to give up looking for awesome fathers in books and go with someone else who even though is not actually related to the protagonist, is an awesome father figure in my opinion. I’m talking about Sirius Black of course! I’ve always loved the relationship he had with Harry and how he was always there to give him advice and help him when he needed it, even though it was for a short time. And I was so sad when that relationship ended in the Order of the Phoenix. I really wish we could have seen more of Sirius, because he is one of my favorite characters in the series and he is siriusly amazing. I’m sorry but I had to do that! And I chose to feature The Prisoner of Azkaban here because it is the book Sirius was introduced in. Here we go:

Original cover (English):

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I’m sure we’ve all seen this somewhere at one point or another.

Cover from my country (Greece):

I was suprised to see there are three editions translated to Greek.

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