Book Tag

Spellhacker Book Tag

Hey booknerds! I have a really fun post for you all today! I created a book tag for Spellhacker by M.K. England! I read The Disasters earlier this year and fell in love and I was so excited to get an ARC of Spellhacker and after reading it I just knew I had to make a book tag!

If you don’t know what Spellhacker is about then here is the synopsis:

In Kyrkarta, magic—known as maz—was once a freely available natural resource. Then an earthquake released a magical plague, killing thousands and opening the door for a greedy corporation to make maz a commodity that’s tightly controlled—and, of course, outrageously expensive.
Which is why Diz and her three best friends run a highly lucrative, highly illegal maz siphoning gig on the side. Their next job is supposed to be their last heist ever.
But when their plan turns up a powerful new strain of maz that (literally) blows up in their faces, they’re driven to unravel a conspiracy at the very center of the spellplague—and possibly save the world.

Spellhacker releases 21st January so make sure you preorder! Also check out my post about preorder goodies you can get here

So back to the book tag! Please link back to my post and tag others to join in!

Maz is the magic system in the group and similar to a natural resource that earth produces. What books have a unique magic system?

I love the magic system in Kingdom of Souls! It was interesting and unique!

Diz is a tech genius and is able to hack just about anything! Which characters are your favourite hackers?

The first character that comes to mind is Cress from The Lunar Chronicles! I think she would get along with Diz

Ania is the princess of the group, but she is always ready to fight anyone who tries to hurt someone she loves. Who are your favourite rebellious princess characters?

Harper from A Curse so Dark and Lonely is technically a princess and is as rebellious as they come! I love her!

Davon is Diz’s older cousin who she regards as a brother and her family. What books have great found families?

The Percy Jackson books have an amazing found family! I love them all so much!

Remi is smart and a genius in manipulating maz and a total fangirl! Who are your favourite smart, nerdy characters?

Could I say anyone aside from Alizayd Al-Qahtani?! A complete nerd and total fanboy who will talk everyone’s ear off!

Jaesin is the dad friend and will fight everyone to protect those he loves (and always wins). What characters do you think would always win in a fight?

Elias Veturius would always win, I think. He has spent his whole life being trained to be a deadly weapon after all.

This book centres around Diz and her friends deciding to do one last heist before they all go their own ways. What books have great heists in the story?

I love The Last Magician! It’s a heist through time!

So that’s the book tag! I hope you all enjoy taking part! Everyone is welcome to do this, whether it’s on your blog or Instagram. You can tag me on Instagram my handle is @thetsundokuchronicles

 

Book Reviews

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer – Book Review

I recently reread ACSDAL during the Curse Readalong hosted by Bloomsbury Publishing and I forgot how much I loved this book!

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Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Fall in love, break the curse.
Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year, Prince Rhen, the heir of Emberfall, thought he could be saved easily if a girl fell for him. But that was before he turned into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. Before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.
Nothing has ever been easy for Harper. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, Harper learned to be tough enough to survive. When she tries to save a stranger on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s pulled into a magical world.
Break the curse, save the kingdom.
Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. A prince? A curse? A monster? As she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

This book was not what I was expecting, in a good way. I have seen a lot of Beauty and the Beast retellings being released over the last few years and I’ve found them to be quite similar in their storyline which made me hesitant to read this. However this was a totally unique take on the story and I absolutely loved it!

We get both Harper and Rhen’s point of view so it was really interesting to see things from both of their views. Harper is an outsider and doesn’t know much about Emberfall and Rhen is the prince of Emberfall and while he grew up there, he hasn’t been out of his castle for 5 years. Harper reminded him that despite the curse he can still help his people and gave him hope. I really loved seeing that.

I am always surprised to discover that when the world seems darkest, there exists the greatest opportunity for light.

Harper is by far my favourite character, she is brave, determined, resilient and doesn’t let anyone push her around, not even a prince! She has cerebral palsy, which I was surprised to see because we rarely get any disability or long term health conditions rep in books and this rep was really great! She accepts this is a part of her life but doesn’t let it control her life and neither does she allow anyone to just pity her or baby her because she is in pain or walks with a limp. She will always hold a special place in my heart because I have long term health conditions which affect my daily life and I could see myself in Harper.

When we first meet Rhen, he is stubborn and arrogant and impatient. He could be petty at times too and I didn’t particularly like him at first. But he did grow on me as we learn more about him and he grows a lot as a person throughout the story.

The choices we face may not be the choices we want, but they are choices nonetheless.

The third character was Grey and while we don’t get his point of view, I completely fell in love with him! I actually prefer him to Rhen and shipped him and Harper more. He is Rhen’s guard and absolutely deadly. Yet he is a big softie which we see throughout the story when he interacts with the children. I really hope we see more of him in the second book, especially after that ending and epilogue!

This story doesn’t centre around Harper and Rhen falling in love so Harper can break the curse, it is bigger than that. It’s about saving all of Emberfall and caring for all the people there who have been suffering. It’s about social justice and doing something to help even if you can’t save everyone. It showed me that having a disability doesn’t mean you aren’t capable.

Failure isn’t absolute, just because you couldn’t save everyone doesn’t mean you didn’t save anyone.

I’m really looking forward to reading the next book, I especially hope to see more Grey and more of the world as we don’t really get to explore much we are only told of places and other kingdoms.

PS. If you preorder A Heart so Fierce and Broken which is out in January then you can get some amazing preorder goodies! Check out the link here for more information!

Friday Favourites

Friday Favourite – Favourite Book Covers Of 2019

This is hosted by Something of the Book who created this tag out of a love for lists. There are different topics for us all to be able to take part and you can find the prompts here. There isn’t a specific number of favourites so it’s entirely up to you how many you share.

This week I’m going to share some of my favourite covers of books that released this year! Honestly I can’t get enough of how many beautiful covers we were blessed with this year!

1 The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty

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2 Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali

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3 We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal

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4 The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh

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5 The Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah

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6 The Battle by Karuna Riazi

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7 Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

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8 The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad

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9 The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdala

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10 The Weight of our Sky by Hanna Alkaf

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Blog Tours

Spellhacker by M.K. England Preorder Campaign Reveal

I read The Disasters earlier this year and absolutely loved it so I’m really excited to share with you all the preoder campaign for one of my most anticipated releases of 2020, Spellhacker!

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If you haven’t heard of Spellhacker yet then here is the synopsis:

In Kyrkarta, magic—known as maz—was once a freely available natural resource. Then an earthquake released a magical plague, killing thousands and opening the door for a greedy corporation to make maz a commodity that’s tightly controlled—and, of course, outrageously expensive.
Which is why Diz and her three best friends run a highly lucrative, highly illegal maz siphoning gig on the side. Their next job is supposed to be their last heist ever.
But when their plan turns up a powerful new strain of maz that (literally) blows up in their faces, they’re driven to unravel a conspiracy at the very centre of the spellplague—and possibly save the world.

Spellhacker publishes January 21st

Here are the preorder prizes you can get for preordering:

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★ A bookmark
★ TWO stickers!
★ A signed bookplate (If you preorder from Fountain Bookstore, your book will also be hand-signed)
★ A postcard
★ An emailed PDF with a printable SPELLHACKER-themed card to give along with the preorder goodies as a gift to someone.
★ A Disasters short story, to be delivered by email on December 17 when the Disasters paperback releases

This is open internationally and includes library requests and the link with all the details on how to submit is here 

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PS. Keep an eye out for another post where I will be sharing a book tag inspired by Spellhacker which everyone can take part in!

Check out Kristi’s post tomorrow here, for more Spellhacker goodness

Monthly Wrap Up

November Monthly Wrap Up

We are almost at the end of the year already! Wow this whole year has flown by. I haven’t had as much time to dedicate to blogging this month as I have been busy with my etsy shop as I had a burst of creativity and made quite a few new bookmarks and painted books. If you would like to check it out, the link is here.

I did manage to read some really great books though and some not so great ones. So here is what I read this month:

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Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin – I was hooked from the beginning and I ended up loving it especially the enemies to lovers!

Rating: 4.5/5

The Fowl Twins by Eoin Colfer – I loved being back in the Artemis Fowl world and I cannot wait for the next book! You can read my review here

Rating: 5/5

Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron – I really wanted to love this book but I just didn’t. While the world and the magic system was really great, I felt it was to slow and I got bored waiting for something to happen.

Rating: 3/5

Skein Island by Aliya Whiteley – I was sent this book as part of an IG tour and it was a really interesting read.

Rating: 3/5

Somebody Give This Heart a Pen by Sophia Thakur – I don’t usually read poetry books but this one intrigued me and I’m so glad that Walker Books sent me a copy as I really enjoyed it

Rating: 4/5

Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse – A book that was recommended to me so when I saw it on netgalley I had to request it! I ended up really emjoying! You can read my full review here

Rating: 4/5

The Arabic Quilt by Aya Khalil – This is a picture book I was sent an arc of by the author and I adored it! It is such a wonderful story and has such great representation. I wish there was books like this around when I was a kid. My full review will be up soon!

Rating: 5/5

Postscript by Cecelia Ahern – I adored PS. I Love You so when this was released I was really excited and nervous to read it. It did not disappoint at all! I adored it!

Rating: 5/5

The Wicked King by Holly Black – I don’t understand the hype for this book. I was bored and skim read the last 100 pages and urm I don’t get how people ship Jude and Carden? Their relationship is so toxic. I don’t know if I will read QoN to be honest.

Rating: 2.5/5

A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer – I reread this for the Curse Readalong and I actually enjoyed it more this time! I really love Harper and Grey! My full review will be up on my blog soon!

Rating: 4/5

Spellhacker by M.K. England – I really enjoyed this book and my full review will be up soon!

Rating: 4/5

I also posted reviews for these books:

The Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah

The Battle by Karuna Riazi

All American Muslim Girl by Nadine Jolie Courtney

Unleashed by Amy McCulloch

I also created a book tag for All American Muslim Girl which you can read here. Everyone is welcome to do the tag! I would love to see your posts!

I shared some of my favourite quotes from Renee Ahdieh’s books which you can read here

And I wrote about why you should all read All American Muslim Girl here

That’s all for this month! Let me know what your favourite books you read this month!

Book Reviews

Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse – ARC Review

Thank you to Netgalley and Hodder and Stoughton for sending me an arc in exchange for an honest review.

I had heard great things about this book so I just had to request it and I really loved it!

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Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Goodreads:

While most of the world has drowned beneath the sudden rising waters of a climate apocalypse, Dinétah (formerly the Navajo reservation) has been reborn. The gods and heroes of legend walk the land, but so do monsters.
Maggie Hoskie is a Dinétah monster hunter, a supernaturally gifted killer. When a small town needs help finding a missing girl, Maggie is their last—and best—hope. But what Maggie uncovers about the monster is much larger and more terrifying than anything she could imagine.
Maggie reluctantly enlists the aid of Kai Arviso, an unconventional medicine man, and together they travel to the rez to unravel clues from ancient legends, trade favors with tricksters, and battle dark witchcraft in a patchwork world of deteriorating technology.
As Maggie discovers the truth behind the disappearances, she will have to confront her past—if she wants to survive.
Welcome to the Sixth World.

This is an ownvoices book so I was really looking forward to reading this. The main characters are Native Americans and the story is rich with their culture and folklore. This was one of my favourite parts of the book. I especially found it fascinating because unfortunately I don’t know much about their culture but from my understanding it felt like it had really great rep.

It’s a dystopian world set in the future, a future where climate change has caused catastrophic damage to the earth and the world is not like the world we live in now. There are water shortages and not much technology like we’re used to now. And the gods walk among us and so do the monsters.

Maggie is a monster slayer and is well known amongst Dinetah, right from the beginning we see her fight a monster and her abilities that make her such a lethal monster killer. We are thrown right into the action and I loved that. She makes difficult decisions and is brave yet she has difficulty with expressing how she feels. She has a great character arc and grows to learn to accept herself.

We also get a lot of information about the history of the clans and tribes and the stories and at times it felt a little info dumpy at times but I understand why the author felt it was necessary and I actually really enjoyed reading about the stories and history.

We are also introduced to another character, Kai, who joins Maggie to try and figure out where the monsters are coming from who keep killing people all over Dinetah. I loved Kai from the moment we meet him and my love for him just grows as we learn more about him and see what type of person he is. One of my favourite things about Kai is that he is kind and supportive and doesn’t push Maggie to do something she isn’t comfortable with. He also helps Maggie learn that she is more than just a killer and deserves more in life.

The story was really interesting and can get quite dark and brutal at times. There are some plot twists and although I had an idea of what they could be I still enjoyed the revelations. I really enjoyed learning more about Ma’ii and his trickster ways. He was such a complicated and interesting character and you can’t quite figure out his motives. Both Maggie and Kai are complex and mysterious and there is more to both of them than we see initially.

I really enjoyed this book and I cannot wait to be able to read book two because I really need to know what happens after THAT ending!

For the love of Books

Non – Fiction Mental Health Books – Book Recommendations

So a while ago I shared a post with some recommendations with fiction books that deal with mental health, which you can read here.

So this post is some recommendations of some non-fiction mental health books. I know reading these books is not for everyone and some books may resonate more than others so I am going to share a few that I have read and found beneficial and some that have been recommended to me.

1 Reasons to Stay Alive & Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig – I really loved these books and I also enjoy reading his social media posts. I met him last year at a book event which was really insightful.

2 Looking After Your Mental Health by Alice James & Louie Stowell – This book is for young teens and preteens and I found it really helpful in helping to talk to my younger cousins about mental health and she also found it helpful

3 It’s All in your Head by Rae Earl – This book is for older teens and young adults and I thought that it was written really well dealing with topics that that are actually relevant to them.

4 Happy by Fearne Cotton – I bought this recently when it was recommended to me so I am hoping to read it soon.

5 You’re Crushing It by Lex Croucher – This was a really great book and one you can dip in and out of again and again.

6 The Self Care Project by Jayne Hardy – This is another book I picked up because I really love The Blurt Foundation’s work and Jayne is the founder so I had to pick up her book. PS. Check out their buddy boxes, they’re so good for anyone struggling with any mental health problems.

7 Reclaim Your Heart by Yasmin Mogahed – This is an Islamic book dealing with mental health and I wanted to include it because this is the one book that I repeatedly go to when I am struggling. It’s helped me in some of my most difficult times and I highly recommend it.

So here’s some of my recommendations! Let me know if you have read any that you have found beneficial!