Beauty and The Beast Book Tag

Hello, lovelies! I hope you are having a fantastic day. So was looking at one of my new favorites bloggers, Kirsty, over at her blog The Bibliophile Girland I decided to do a book tag she did called The Beauty and The Beast Book Tag. Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite Disney movies of all time!

I will link Kristy’s blog and the creator of the tag’s blog right here:

The Bibliophile Girl and here is the direct link to her version of this tag here.

The creator of this tag is Gretchen over at Chicnerdreads so definitely check out her blog as well!

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So let’s do this thing!

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Question #1.

‘Tale as Old as Time’ – A popular theme, trope or setting you will never get bored of reading.

I honestly love dystopian novels and fantasy novels. I specifically love fantasy novels about the fae. I always have. I can read The Hungar Games trilogy over and over without growing tired of it, and the same is true with either of  Sarah J. Maas’s book series. I also love the “Beauty and the Beast” retellings too, of course!!

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Question #2.

Belle – A book you bought for its beautiful cover that’s just as beautiful inside too.

I recently bought a copy of Pan’s Labyrinth by Guillermo del Toro and it’s stunning. I loved the film and I’d been waiting for it to come out as a novel for years! It was definitely worth the wait. If you haven’t seen the film or read the novelization I highly recommend it.

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Question #3.

Beast – A book you didn’t expect much from but pleasantly surprised you.

So for this one, I’m going to choose a novel I had to read for the course I took this past semester. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell. It’s a 19th century novel about a family who moves from the country to a highly industrialized town in Britain. Gaskell definitely has her own writing style but the story is written with a nod to Jane Austen. It very much has a Pride and Prejudice feel to it but in a completely different style. I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did!

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Question #4.

Gaston – A book everyone loves but you don’t.

Okay, I don’t know what the opinion of the interwebs is, but when it comes to people I know personally, I am the oddball with this book. What’s the book I’m talking about? Probably one of the first real YA books out there: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. I had to read this in school and I hated it. I was bored the entire time. I don’t even remember what the story is about anymore. I’ve considered giving it a second chance now that it’s been ages since I read the book. I just don’t know if I can do it. (P.S. Sorry, if you love this one, no offense.)

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Question #5.

Lefou – A loyal sidekick you can’t help but love more than their counterpart.

I’m going to have to say Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter series. She always brings me joy when I am reading the books and she comes into the story. She’s so kind and smart, and honestly forgiving too. She ignores so much that people do to pick on her. She’s just one of my absolute favorite characters!

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Question #6.

Mrs. Potts, Chip, Lumiér, and Cogsworth – A book that helped you through a difficult time or that taught you something valuable.

Okay, this will totally sound cheesy to some of you but I’m going to go straight to it. My Bible has helped me get through more tough times than any other book possible. I believe it is God’s word and therefore I can learn and grow through it. For those of you who have read it and believe in it as well, you understand what I mean. As far as any other book that I learned from, as a kid, reading Nancy Drew or Anne of Green Gables and learning about life through the different dynamics of the characters, those things helped me grow as a person. But no other book has helped me through the tough times the way reading my Bible has.

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Question #7.

‘Something There’ – A book or a series that you weren’t into at first but picked up towards the end.

Okay, as crazy as this will sound, the first book of The Hungar Games trilogy was like this for me. I had a really hard time getting into it. I think maybe it was because I was reading it on my e-reader instead of reading a physical copy of the book. I prefer physical books to digital ones, despite having TONS of them. So maybe that’s why it took me so much longer to read despite enjoying it once it was over.

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Question #8.

‘Be Our Guest’ – A fictional character you’d love to have over for dinner.

Oh gosh, just one? Wow…um, I guess I’d have to say, Nancy Drew. She was one of the first fictional characters to get me into reading as a kid, so if she came over for dinner, I could ask about her latest mystery!

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That’s all I have guys! Feel free to do the tag and let me know if you do so that I can check out your answers!! Have a wonderful week!

~mk

Series Review: The Cruel Prince & The Wicked King

Hello, lovelies! I hope you are having a fantastic day!

I promised I would review The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King, so in honor of Holly Black’s upcoming release of Queen of Nothing, I thought I’d do a mashup review of the first two books!

   

Also, this will be a spoiler-free review!

I should probably state off the bat that despite owning several of Holly Black’s novels, I had never read any of them. I know that’s crazy! I think so too. Sometimes I think I drive my husband crazy with the number of unread books I have…and then I go buy more.

First of all, If you haven’t read the series, it’s about a girl named Jude and her sisters who are stolen away as children to live in the land of faerie after seeing their parents murdered. Without giving away too much, Jude does not like Faerie. As with many faerie stories, the faeries are tricksters and they love games. Jude is trying to fit in as a mortal, knowing that she lives in a very dangerous place. It’s especially difficult for her because of her mistrust and dislike for the faerie prince. Cardan is cruel and seems to have a special dislike for Jude. When the game of faerie politics changes, Jude gets wrapped up in the game, with Cardan, in ways she might never have imagined playing.

I gave The Cruel Prince 5 out of 5 stars. I really enjoyed the story, the writing style, the characters and the world that Holly Black created. Jude was refreshing, she didn’t have powers, she was so utterly human and taking on the world and its politics and training herself to do the things she does but in such a human way was amazing to read.

The Wicked King I gave 4 out of 5 stars only because I wanted just a little bit more from the story than I got. Cardan and Jude grow so much as characters in this story it was amazing to read.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I cannot wait for The Queen of Nothing to be released!! If you haven’t read this series I highly recommend it. In the meantime, I’m going to look into some of Holly Black’s other novels!

Enjoy lovelies!

~mk

The Anne of Green Gables Book Tag (Original)

Hey Carrots: Name a book you couldn’t wait to meet.

As someone who started reading Harry Potter a little later than most people in her generation, I would have to say Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. I started reading these in High School/College, not in Elementary School like most of my friends. I could not wait to get started, especially since I had seen the first movie before I had ever gotten a chance to get my hands on the book.

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Kindred spirits: Name a book that you love and that touched your soul.

Is it cheating to use the title book when you are the creator of a tag? Whatever, I’m doing it anyway, Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. It’s one of my favorites, I love the older television miniseries with Megan Follows (I haven’t gotten around to checking out the Netflix series) but it’s one of my favorite classics…If you haven’t read it and you enjoy sweet coming of age stories, please, PLEASE go read it!

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I guess it’s a dramatic way to go for a mouse. Name a book that ended so dramatically that you didn’t expect it.

Allegiant by Veronica Roth…not saying any more than that. Just…still not happy.

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Puff Sleeves and 25 lbs of brown sugar. Name a book that took you several tries to read but you fell in love once you did.

Hunted by Megan Spooner…I cannot tell you how many times I started this book and stopped it. I think it was because I was in the mood for a “Beauty and the Beast” retelling but it was still too soon for me in reading it after the A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR) trilogy by Sarah J. Maas. Once I finally got into it I really enjoyed it, and it was far different from ACOTAR and much more like Beauty and the Beast.

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The Lake of Shining waters. Name a character, who like Anne, has a flair for the dramatic and for the “Romantic”.

Aelin Galathynius from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. I wouldn’t say she is like Anne at all, but I think Aelin would appreciate Anne’s play-acting and intelligence.

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Gilbert Blythe. Name a male character who always pushes his counterpart forward in an effort to help them grow and come into their own.

I think I can come up with several of these: Rowan from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, Four from Divergent by Veronica Roth, Rysand from ACOTAR…I’m sure there are many others I haven’t thought of.

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I hope you like this tag. I tag PeaceLoveRach88Priyasha, Grace @bookgrace11, and Noriko if you are interested in doing this tag. I would love to see it!! 

~mk

The Newbie Book Blog Tag

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Hello again! I hope you are doing well and enjoying your weekend, I know I am.

I thought I would do this Newbie Book Blog Tag that I saw over at JessicaMarie493’s blog and here actual tag is here, so please check it out and check out her blog which is linked to her name. That being said, let’s get into the tag!

1. Why did you start this blog?
I started this blog as a way to share my thoughts and opinion on my favorite books, and to maybe share a little bit about myself and my life. Mostly I created this blog for fun and to interact with other book lovers.

2. What are some fun and unique things you can bring to book blogging?
Reading is one of the things I have always done. Everyone’s opinion on a book is going to be different and unique, so I enjoy the idea of sharing my thoughts on a book I’ve read, and hearing the thoughts of others. I enjoy sharing books that have a deep impact on me as well as books that are more lighthearted and/or adventurous.

3. What are you most excited for about this new blog?
Everything! Sharing the books, doing the tags, and talking about life! I can’t wait to hear from others about your favorite books and recommended reads!

4. Why do you love reading?
Ever since I was little I have loved stories. Stories help us get through things in life that aren’t always easy. It doesn’t always matter if the stories are true, but they help us press on and continue to strive for our best each day, and I think that’s why I love reading.

5. What book or series got you into reading?
The Nancy Drew series is the series that got me into reading. As kids, my sister and I would spend our summers either outside playing or inside reading Nancy Drew. To this day, I will always have a deep love for Nancy Drew mysteries.

6. What questions would you ask your favorite authors?
I would probably have to ask where they come up with the ideas they have for novels. Some of the books I have read, just can’t even imagine where an idea for a story like that could come from, but I’m so incredibly glad that they thought of it.

7. What challenges do you think starting a blog will be the hardest to overcome? I
think consistency will probably be the toughest thing for me, since I tend to get very busy. I would like to post at least twice a month to start. I also have a bad habit of starting books and not finishing them. So finishing them and reviewing them in my ideal time frame will take some preparing.

8. When did you start reading?
When I was a kid, but I can’t think of a time when I didn’t read.

9. Where do you read?
Where ever I’m comfortable, whether it’s in bed or on my couch, even during my lunch breaks at work. I read where ever I feel comfortable doing so.

10. What kind of books do you like to read?
I mostly read Young Adult fiction and fantasy, but I do venture out into other genres. I do read Historical Fiction, Christian fiction and Christian Non-fiction as well; and I am hoping to try out New Adult fiction soon. Basically, I will read anything that interests me from (almost) any genre.

Okay that’s it for this tag, I hope you enjoyed it and definitely do it if you are interested. I don’t know enough people yet to tag anyone but you are tagged if you would like to do it!

Enjoy!
~mk

Rapid Fire Book Tag!

I saw this tag over on Diary of a Bookfiend‘s blog and thought I would share it since I am such a newbie! The post was inspired by an original post by JessicaMarie493 and each of their names are hyperlinked so please check those out! And here we go…

  1. E-books or Physical Books?
    I have both, and depending on my situation, I will read e-books on my kindle, but usually, I am a physical book type of person
  2. Paperback or Hardback?
    I go back and forth on this one. I have so many of each. If i start a series in paperback and I read it so fast that I continue to purchase the new books in hardback, It’s annoying but I’m okay with it.  If I start to buy a book series in hardback I prefer to continue in hardback. If it’s a standalone novel, depending on how much I enjoy it, I may have a paperback and a hardback.
  3. Online or In-store book shopping?
    Both! I want to get my hands on the books in whatever way I can! I will say this, there is NOTHING like browsing through a book store and searching through the titles waiting to read those unread words and discover what they have to offer.
  4. Trilogies or series?
    I suppose with this question it depends on what I am reading and what I’m in the mood for. I have so many book series that I have not finished that I don’t even think about which is my favorite, I just want to actually finish it. That goes for both trilogies and series. I will say there are some series that I have outgrown. I never finished them and I’m not sure I would go back and read them because I am at such a different place in life now. I’m not saying never, but…probably never. So…that didn’t answer the question at all…so I suppose my answer is trilogies? maybe? I’m not sure…but we will go with that.
  5. Heroes or Villains?
    I’m usually a hero person, but every once in a while I enjoy a good villain. An example would be Cath from Heartless by Marissa Meyer, since that is a novel about the backstory of the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland. I really enjoyed Cath’s character.
  6. A book you want everyone to read?
    A single book I want everyone to read? Probably Night by Elie Wiesel. This was one of the few books I had to read while I was in grade school that stuck with me. It is the story of Mr. Wiesel’s time in Nazi concentration camps during World War II. I think it’s something everyone should read and remember.
  7. Recommend an underrated book.
    I’m changing this one a bit and recommending what I think is an under rated book series. That series is Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck. I adore this series! I’ve read it twice. It’s one of the few book series I own that can pull me out of a ‘reading slump’ and it’s just so much fun. I will warn you there is a love triangle, which I don’t care for, but I love the writing, the characters, the adventure…just everything! I love it.
  8. The Last book you finished?
    The last book I finished was the first book I did a review for on this blog, and that is Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller.
  9. Weirdest thing you used as a bookmark?
    Probably a tissue…yes it was clean!!!
  10. Used book, yes or no?
    Yes! and new if I like the story enough.
  11. Top three favorite genres?
    I don’t know if I have a top three. I primarily read YA, but I read a lot of other books as well. I read mostly dystopian and fantasy (generally YA) but I also read regular fiction, contemporary, Christian nonfiction, historical fiction, self-help type books…etc. So I don’t really have a top three, it depends on what I am in the mood for.
  12. Borrow or buy?
    Both.
  13. Characters or plot?
    I sadly had to look this up and am not really sure where I fall on the line. I have to be in the mood for what I consider slower reads. I enjoy fast paced reads much more, unless I’m in the mood for a slower paced book. I do like well developed characters and plot, so as far as which one I would prefer, I guess, like I said, it depends on my mood.
  14. Long or short book?
    Again, depending on my mood, but generally I read shorter books. Usually less than 500 pages, but again, it depends. I do have some monster-sized books on my shelf right now too.
  15. Long or short chapters?
    I definitely prefer shorter chapters. I feel they are easier to digest and make my way through.
  16. Name the first three books you think of.
    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Vicious by V.E. Schwab, and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.
  17. Books that make you laugh or cry?
      – A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness — This book made me cry, but it was so amazing!!
    – Outlander by Diana Gabaldon — I laughed, I cried, I felt every emotion possible.
  18. Our world or fictional worlds?
    Definitely fictional
  19. Audiobooks: yes or no?
    Yes!
  20. Do you ever judge a book by its cover?
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    Yes, i hate to admit it.
  21. Book to movie or book to TV adaptation? 
    I don’t now…It depends on the book and which option it would be better suited for.
  22. Series or standalone?
    Again it kind of depends. Sometimes I prefer stand-alone novels more because I take FOREVER to finish series.

Okay that’s pretty much it! I hope you enjoyed it! If you are interested in doing this tag, then please do it! Chat with you in the comments if you want to share some of your answers!

~mk