Listy review

A few days ago I logged on to Instagram to find everyone talking about a new app called Listy, Listy is a social media for booknerds its sorta like a mash up of Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads. A ton of bookstagramers are switching to it I made an account but I’m not yet sure if I’m going to be active on it. When I downloaded it I was hoping it would take the place of Instagram since I don’t need another social media and Instagram has been frustrating me, but while Listey might have some cool features it comes with many annoyances. I was have seen a few bloggers do reviews of Listy and I have a lot of thoughts on it I figured I’d do one too. If you want to go into this with a better understanding of Listy then click here to read more about it or download the app.

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What I like about Listy

  • No algorithm: Instagram has a annoying algorithm that often shows you posts from days ago and causes you to mis3s a lot of posts from your favorite accounts. Listy has a chronological algorithm this is the reason many bookstagramers re switching to it.
  • You can put links in your captions: This is a small thing but it makes it way easier to promote blog posts no more saying the link is in my bio.
  • It’s exclusively bookish: I like that everyone on there is booknerd and this means no more random things popping up while I’m browsing bookish tags. I also feel like I’ll have a lot less people follow then imeadietly unfollow since most off the accounts that do that are not bookish ones.
  • Easier to see comments: You have a serrate notification menu for comments on Instagram I often don’t see comments because they get lost in all my other notifications having a separate screen for them is another small thing that makes things easier.

What I don’t like

  • The overall look: I don’t at all like the look of Listy I much prefer Instagram’s clean and simple design, I’m hoping they’l change the look to something better soon. It is fairly new so hopefully they will change the things I don’t like and improve it.
  • It’s not as good as Goodreads: I think it’s intended to be a more social goodreads but it’s not as good, you can’t add multiple shelves you just have the three standard ones, you can’t mark what dates you read a book and it gives you less information about the book. It doesn’t tell you the publisher or let you easily view all the editions of a book, overall it’s harder to use restrictive and not as good as Goodreads
  • Your posts can only be 451 characters long: How can you write a review that’s only 451 characters? I don’t post long reviews but I have Instagram captions that are longer then 451 characters. I can deal with having to write short posts but I would defiantly prefer to be able to have longer c captions.
  • There’s no messaging system. The comment system is better then Instagram but you loose direct messaging, and the stories which is a feature I’ve grown to love. I also don’t see how anything can truly be a social media without a messaging system.

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I really don’t know if I’m going to use Listy much I have the same amount of pros and cons I think I’m going to wait and see if it improves and then depending on what changes I might swich ovover completely from Instagram.  For now I’ll keep posting on Instagram and LiListy but if Listy doesn’t improve in a few months them I’m going to delete it.

What do you think off Listy? Do you have a Listy account, if not are you planning on making one?

Book review: The Siren

synopsisYears ago, Kahlen was rescued from drowning by the Ocean. To repay her debt, she has served as a Siren ever since, using her voice to lure countless strangers to their deaths. Though a single word from Kahlen can kill, she can’t resist spending her days on land, watching ordinary people and longing for the day when she will be able to speak and laugh and live freely among them again.

Kahlen is resigned to finishing her sentence in solitude…until she meets Akinli. Handsome, caring, and kind, Akinli is everything Kahlen ever dreamed of. And though she can’t talk to him, they soon forge a connection neither of them can deny…and Kahlen doesn’t want to.

Falling in love with a human breaks all the Ocean’s rules, and if the Ocean discovers Kahlen’s feelings, she’ll be forced to leave Akinli for good. But for the first time in a lifetime of following the rules, Kahlen is determined to follow her heart.

my-thoughtsThis book was not what I was expecting despite what the synopsis implies this so much more then a romance which is a nice surprise, the synopsis is very flawed this is not a supper cliche romance it has a lot gong for it. All of Kiera Cass’s books have lot more depth then people give them credit for they are a bit cheesy but there so good they have great charecters and great romance. The romance in this one is very fast and cute Akenli is a sweetheart him and Kehlen are adorable, but they did fall in love ridiculously fast. I know that’s a huge turn off for a lot of people it is for me too, but it works in this. It was still annoying just not wholly unnecessary and I don’t know that there was a way around it. Even though he isn’t even in it much I loved Akenli however, I didn’t love Kehlen she was bland but I didn’t dislike her she’s just sorta there carrying the story along.

The most unique character is the Ocean she was extremely interesting but I can’t decide if I love or hate her, either way she’s a neat part of the book. Kehlen is the Oceans favorite they have a complex mother daughter like relationship that I felt was just as prominent as the romance. The Ocean and the way the Sirens are done is very cool and now I want to read more books about Sirens and Mermaids. I like all of the sirens especially Padma, I love Padma it’s amazing how much emotion and complexity Kiera managed to convey in her few short scenes. I really like how much being a Siren effects Kehlen the other girls have found ways to be content with their new lives but Kehlen can’t accept the terrible things she’s done and obsesses over the pepeople she’s killed.

The other sirens don’t exactly like what they do for the Ocean but their more forgiving of themselves then Kehlen. They all cope in their own way, but Kehlen’s way was not healthy, the others are just trying to live the best lives they can given the unusual and dificult circumstances. All of the girls conversations, and the complex feelings they have about being Sirens as well as their compelling individual storylines added a lot substance to the book. My main problem with this book is a mayor spoiler but basically there’s a twist that I didn’t like and I think there had to have been a better alternative too. This book overall is captivating every thread of story is interesting, but there’s also something about nearly every storyline that I feel could have been mproved upon. Ultimately The Siren is a very good book and I don’t think it gets enough love there’s so many good things in it you just have to be willing to look past the insta love.

My love hate relationship with book adaptations 

When it’s announced that a book is getting adapted into a movie or show I’m always initially excited even if I haven’t read the book, but if I love the book then after a while I usually start to have conflicting opinions. I try to be cautiously optimistic it could be amazing and I do tend to want to see my favorite books on the big screen but it could also be awful.I used to always be exited about book adaptations but then the Divergent movie happened, I was so excited for the Divergent movie and it turned out terrible and now I’m scared that another beloved book will get a bad  movie. Bad adaptations don’t ruin the book, but they do sort of taint they can change your feelings about the books and it’s just not fun to watch something you love get turned into a bad movie. Getting to see your favorite book adapted could be one of the best things ever or the worst it could mean getting to see everything exactly as you pictured it and getting to revisit the story in a new way. It’s as close as you’ll get to reading the book for the first time.

What I love about good adaptations is how they often expand upon stories and add more to the world I think most of the best adaptations aren’t exactly like the book certain things don’t translate well on screen so sometimes the story needs to be altered for the movie be good. I think most people love it when a book they like gets adapted it can turn out so well but I’m not sure the risk of it being bad is worth it. I also think that they don’t always choose the right books to adapt The Selection would make a great movie yet it’s been optioned for like a year and it looks like it isn’t happening and I’m a little sad that I will most likely not be getting a Selection movie. I think it could be a really good movie. I really hope more fluffy and fun YA books start getting adapted I don’t care about dystopian books anymore and I know I lot of people feel the same way but yet there is at least two dystopian books currently being adapted. I want to see books like Anna and the French Kiss and Geekerella on the big screen.

As you can probably tell I have a love hate relationship with book adaptations they could be an experience or an awful one it’s hard to know even trailers don’t help since they can be misleading. It’s really a case by case basis it depends on what the book is, the cast and crew, how much involvement the author had and tons of other things, my excitement for it mainly depends on how important the book is to me. This is where I have conflicting feelings I want my favorite books to be adapted but only if it’s going to be close to perfect, I just don’t want to watch my favorite thing get turned into something bad. I haven’t been exited for a book adaptation in a while mainly because I haven’t read any of the books currently being adapted I should probably change that. Part of me wants Six of Crows to become a show it could be such a good show hopefully it becomes one and has the right people working on it, people who have at least read the books why do some directors of book adaptations not read the books it makes no since to be. Yes I am talking about the directer of the Percy Jackson movie that movie was awful like it’s one of the worst adaptations ever.

Exiting releases for the last half of 2017

Most of the books that I was most looking forward to have already come out but there’s still a few potentially amazing books that have yet to be released. I apologize for the lack of covers I had made graphics, but then I decided not to include a few books and didn’t feel like redoing them. Plus I had put the book covers in the wrong order. Anyway here are some upcoming books that I’m excited for.

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  • The Library of Fates : This says it’s perfect for fans of The Wrath and the Dawn and The Star-Touched Queen I love both of those, I hope this is just as beautifuly written and captivating as they are. 
  • Daughter of the Burning City: This one sounds so interesting! It looks to be very fantastical, and unique.
  • Wonder Woman: Warbringer:  This is my most anticipated book on this list and maybe the year I can’t wait to see my favorite authors take on one of the most iconic charecters ever.

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  • Murder, Magic, and What We Wore: I actually have an E-arc of this but haven’t gotten to it yet, I will soon. It promises to be a regency set historical fiction with spies and a dash of magic it sounds delightful.
  • The Language of Thorns: Another Leigh Bardugo book I’m exited for because I just had to include this one I love short stories and folktales and I’m sure this will be fantastic.
  • There’s Someone Inside your House: Anna and the French Kiss is adorable this is so different and intriguing. Horror/ thrillers are not my favorite genre but I like anything if it’s done well and I think this will be.

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  • Among the Red Stars:  I definitely need a story, inspired by real life, about an all female aviation team in my life. So excited for this one!
  • The Midnight Dance: I love retellings and The Twelve Dancing Princess is one of my favorite fairytales, hopefully this will be a good retelling.
  • The Glass Spare: 24th I really like Lauren DeStefano’s writing style and her books tend to be unique the idea of this one sounds amazing.

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What upcoming releases are you most exited about?

My dream author panel

Today I’m bringing you a very fun post I was recently inspired by Eventbrite (the largest self-service ticketing platform in the world that helps people find and plan events) their doing a project that encourages people to share who would be on their dream bookish panel. I’ve never actually been to any kind of bookish pane, or any kind of panel, but they definitely look like a lot of fun the two I thought up would be amazing if they ever became reality.
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  • Renee Ahdieh (author of The Wrath and The Dawn and The Flame in the Mist)
  • Leigh Bardugo (author of Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows)
  • Kiera Cass (author of The Selection and The Siren)
  • Roshani Chokshi (author of The Star-Touched Queen)
My list of favorite female characters is very long but these four ladies have written multiple fierce female characters who are some of my absolute favorites and they all have female friendships in their books! Something that is way too rare in YA I also foud their characters to all be different then your average YA heroine which makes me like them more. I would love to ask them all sorts of questions about the importance of girls supporting girls and what their definition Girl power is and of course what they think makes a strong female character strong. And discuss the need to call good female characters strong, really just every female character, but not good make characters, I personally think the word is becoming overused.
All hings geek
  • Rainbow Rowell (author of Eleanor and Park and Fangirl)
  • Ashley Poston (author of Geekerella)
  • Gen Wilde (author of Queens of Geek)
I love books about nerdy characters and fandoms there so delightful so of course I would love a panel about these kinds of books with the three queens of geeky books. In all three of their books there’s a fictional fandom the charterers are a part of I would like to know what inspired each of these fandoms and also ask them Geek related questions like what their favorite fandoms are.I would have to ask Ashley Poston if there’s even a possibility of a Starfield book, I really hope there is! I fell in love with Starfield (the fictional fandom in Geekerella) and think it would be amazing as a book.
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 Would you go to either of my dream panels? Who would be on your dream author panel? Tell me in the comments or make your own post about it!

Mini Review: The Girl With the Ghost Machine

I received his book from the publisher through Netgally in exchange for an honest review, this in no way effects my opinion

synopsis
In this beautiful and poignant novel, acclaimed author Lauren DeStefano tells a story love and loss, and what it means to say goodbye.

When Emmaline Beaumont’s father started building the ghost machine, she didn’t expect it to bring her mother back from the dead. But by locking himself in the basement to toil away at his hopes, Monsieur Beaumont has become obsessed with the contraption and neglected the living, and Emmaline is tired of feeling forgotten.

Nothing good has come from building the ghost machine, and Emmaline decides that the only way to bring her father back will be to make the ghost machine work…or destroy it forever

This is the saddest book I’ve read in a long, long time there’s been many times that I haven’t cried while reading tearjerkers but this time I sobbed and I don’t see how anyone could not cry while reading this. It’s a rare and beautiful thing when a book hits me as hard emotionally as this one did. I’m in awe of the skillful writing it’s utterly captivating and thoughtful there was passages about taking care of yourself and finding reasons to smile. The whole book is just so well executed it’s a book that’s impossible to forget I’ll be thinking about it for a long time.

Many people might not want to give something so sad to young readers however even though it is very sad it handles the tough subject of loss wonderfully and it was hopeful, I often found it to be bittersweet. Books are a great way to escape but also a great way to understand something better and to find characters who are going through the same thing as you. Emmaline is such a strong character that I think many will find inspiring or even comforting. For those reasons no one should hesitate to recommend this to middle grade aged children and to everyone, this book is timeless, and can be, and should be enjoyed by readers of all ages.

Mini review: The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart

I received this book from the publisher through Netgally in exchange for an honest review this in no way effects my opinion.SynopsisAventurine is the fiercest, bravest dragon there is. And she’s ready to prove it to her family by leaving the safety of their mountain cave and capturing the most dangerous prey of all: a human. But when the human she finds tricks her into drinking enchanted hot chocolate, Aventurine is transformed into a puny human girl with tiny blunt teeth, no fire, and not one single claw.

But she’s still the fiercest creature in the mountains — and now she’s found her true passion: chocolate! All she has to do is get herself an apprenticeship (whatever that is) in a chocolate house (which sounds delicious), and she’ll be conquering new territory in no time…won’t she?

  • Rating 4 /5 stars
  • Releases on May 30th (in the U.S it’s already out in the U.K)
  • Add it on goodreads
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This book is basically just a love letter to chocolate and it’s amazing! Even if it makes you want to eat way more chocolate then you probably should. What an I talking about there’s no such thing as too much chocolate the characters certainly agree with me chocolate is practically all they eat. You wouldn’t think making chocolate concoctions would be that interesting to read about but yet that’s what most of this book is and I loved it. The author crafted such a lovely world and charming story, it’s a classic fantastical tale but the chocolate adds a fun twist that combined with the characters make the book unique.
Aventurine the protagonist whose passion in life is chocolate which is the best, is both feisty and adorable but she would definitely hate being called adorable she considers herself the most fearsome creature there is. I love all the characters in edition to the wonderful protagonist you also have her friend Silke who is basically a tiny con artist. Then you have Marina the bitter chocolatier who just wants to live in peace with her one true love chocolate which is totally relatable. There’s basically not anything to not love about this splendid book there’s Dragons, chocolaty goodness and great characters. If your looking for a good middle grade or you just really love chocolate then you should definitely consider picking up this adorable gem.

April 2017 wrap up

Hey guys I haven’t posted in nearly two weeks because I”m in a dreaded blogging slump I’ve tried everything I can think off to get out of it and nothing has helped. The only thing left to do is take a break. I don’t want to but I’ve only written three posts all month I have very little motivation or inspiration to write anything but reviews. So I will still be posting reviews but other then that don’t expect much from me this month hopefully I’ll make a triumphant return in June. Now on to happier news.

lifeupdatepngApril was I pretty good month there was Easter which is always lovely  and prom which was okay it was better then I expected it to be and my dress was beautiful. I watched a lot of television this month I finally saw Fantastic Beasts and Doctor Strange I adored both of them. I’ve gotten weirdly into The Great British Baking Show I don’t bake and it’ s not the kind of show I usually like but I think it’s really entertaining.what-i-read2

  • Duels and Deception by Cindy Anstay (4/5 stars)
  • Queens of Geek by Jen Wild (4/5 stars)
  • The Trails of Apollo by Rick Riordan (3/5 stars)
  • The Dragon with the Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis (4/5 stars)
  • The Girl With the Ghost Machine by Lauren DeStefano (4.5/5 stars)

I had a great reading month I enjoyed everything I read The Girl With the Ghost Machine surprised me I wasn’t even planning on reading it this month or on it being not just my favorite book of the month but one of my favorite books of the year. I read two great middle grades this month and now I want to read more but I only know of a few please let me know if you have any recommendations.

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This month definitely wasn’t the best blogging wise I didn’t post  that much and my stats reflect that but at least I’m happy with everything I posted. I’m especially happy with my post on spectacular library’s I spent forever on it longer then any other post I’ve ever written and I’m really proud of the end result. birddivider2That’s all for this wrap up as always I hope you had I great April and that this month is even better. May should be an interesting month I graduate High School this month and that’s exiting I’m been ready to graduate for a while. There’s also a lot of books coming out and Guardians of the Galaxy releases in just four days! It’s my second most anticipated movie of 2017 I’m so exited for it. Okay now I’m actually done. Tell me what you read in April in the comments.

Six spectacular library’s from around the world

Last week was national library week this was supposed to go up then but I decided to not post anything on Easter weekend on holiday weekends I would rather focus on spending time with my family and not be thinking about having to edit a post or reply to comments. Anyway… as a late celebration I’m sharing a list of five of the most spectacular library’s from around the world. There’s hundreds of lists like this and I never get tired of reading them but in an effort to make things more interesting for you I’ve included 3-5 hopefully interesting facts about each one. I spent hours reading about each library and it was really fun since I am obviously a massive nerd and staying up late researching library’s with my cat is my idea of a perfect evening.

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Trinity College libary, Dublin

  • The Old Library is one of Ireland’s biggest tourist attractions, and holds thousands of rare, and in many cases very early, volumes.
  • In the 18th century, the college received the Brian Boru harp, one of the three surviving medieval Gaelic harps, and a national symbol of Ireland, which is now housed in the Library.
  • The Library began with the founding of Trinity College in 1592. In 1661, Henry Jones presented it with the Book of Kells, its most famous manuscript.
  • The 65-metre-long (213 ft) main chamber of the Old Library, the Long Room, was built between 1712 and 1732 and houses 200,000 of the Library’s oldest books.
  • Initially The Long Room had a flat ceiling, shelving for books only on the lower level, and an open gallery. By the 1850s the room had to be expanded as the shelves were filled due to the fact that the Library had been given permission to obtain a free copy of every book that had been published in Ireland and Britain. In 1860, The Long Room’s roof was raised to accommodate an upper gallery.

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Library of Congress; Washington, D.C

  • The Library of Congress is more than two centuries old and was established by an 1800 act of Congress. It is the oldest cultural institution in the entire country.Library_of_Congress_and_lawn
  • The Library of Congress is the largest library in the United States. It features 883 miles of shelving, houses 155 million items total, and holds 33 million books that are written in 460 different languages.
  • The library holds the largest collection of maps in the world.
  • The library also holds the world’s largest collection of comic books, with more than 100,000 issues within its walls. Its oldest comic dates back to 1936. Along with these comics, the library also houses the largest collection of newspapers in the country.
  • Since 2006, the Library of Congress has been collecting every single public tweet ever made on Twitter and archiving them digitally. More than 50 million tweets are collected every day.

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The George Peabody Library, Ma

  • Renowned for its striking architectural interior, the Peabody Stack Room contains five tiers of ornamental cast-iron balconies, which rise dramatically to the skylight 61 feet above the floor.
  • Reflecting the scholarly interests of the nineteenth century, the library consists of a general reference collection on virtually every subject but music.
  • The library contains more than 300,000 titles most of which date from the eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries.

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  • This is the oldest reading room in the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford
  • Named after Humphrey of Lancaster—the 1st Duke of Gloucester and the son of King Henry IV of England thw Library was built between 1450 and 1480.As a lover of literature, Duke Humfrey amassed a large, multilingual collection of books throughout his life. When he died in 1447, he donated them to Oxford University, and the reading room was specially built to contain them.1200px-Duke_Humfrey's_Library_Interior_6,_Bodleian_Library,_Oxford,_UK_-_Diliff
  • Originally, the reading room possessed 281 of the duke’s manuscripts, but, today, it only has 3. The shelves are now filled with extremely rare books, including “manuscripts of the gospels of the Bible from the 3rd century, a Shakespeare First Folio and a copy of the Gutenberg Bible (one of 42 left in the world).
  • And finaly the coolest fact of all the library scences in the Harry Potter movies where fimed here

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  • The facade is 220 meters long. The whole complex covers 37,790 m² with about 1,200 rooms, more than 4,700 doors and windows, and 156 stairways
  • The library contains over 36,000 leather-bound volumes, attesting of the extent of western knowledge from the 14th to the 19th century. Among them, are many valuable bibliographical jewels, such as incunabula (books printed before the year 1500).
  • The library has bats they keep up during the day and let out it night to keep the books from being destroyed by insects.

All of these are simply stunning normally I would talk about why I like each one but in this case I think they speak for themselves, There’s honestly so so many other amazing library’s but this is already long so I’ll stop here but maybe I’ll do a part two one day for now I want to know what you think of these library’s. Do you agree that there spectacular? Is there any amazing library’s you love that aren’t on my list?

Mini review: Duels and Deception

I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley this in no way effects my opinion. 

synopsisMiss Lydia Whitfield, heiress to the family fortune, has her future entirely planned out. She will run the family estate until she marries the man of her late father’s choosing, and then she will spend the rest of her days as a devoted wife. Confident in those arrangements, Lydia has tasked her young law clerk, Mr. Robert Newton, to begin drawing up the marriage contracts. Everything is going according to plan.

Until Lydia—and Robert along with her—is kidnapped. Someone is after her fortune and won’t hesitate to destroy her reputation to get it. With Robert’s help, Lydia strives to keep her family’s good name intact and expose whoever is behind the devious plot. But as their investigation delves deeper and their affections for each other grow, Lydia starts to wonder whether her carefully planned future is in fact what she truly wants…

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This was delightful! It has two clever main characters, a sweet romance and best of all immersive writing I felt as if I was stepping back in time the author is very skilled and clearly did her research. There was only one scene that I felt was unrealistic for the time period everything else even how independent Lydia was, fit into the confines of the era but I’m not an expert on history so I could be wrong about this. The story was extremely predictable but entertaining the plot moves quickly and there’s never a dull moment.

I really like the two main characters but none of the side characters really stood out Lydia’s family felt unnecessary big only her mother and uncle had a significant role. Some of the side characters where annoying the main characters are the only two characters that are fully developed but this didn’t bother me much, the protagonists are amazing enough that they make up for mediocre secondary characters. It’s a lovely book that gave me a few hours of entertainment just like it was supposed to it’s simply a good book. This review is supper short but it’s a shot book that I adored despite it’s flaws and I look forward to reading Cindy Anstey’s first book and anything else she publishes.

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Would you like it if I stared including amazon links in my reviews? I only want to do it if people would find it helpful and it would probably only be for books I give three stars or higher.