Arc Review: The Tiger Watch

 The Tiger’s Watch by Julia Ember

Sixteen-year-old Tashi has spent their life training as a inhabitor, a soldier who spies and kills using a bonded animal. When the capital falls after a brutal siege, Tashi flees to a remote monastery to hide. But the invading army turns the monastery into a hospital, and Tashi catches the eye of Xian, the regiment’s fearless young commander.

Tashi spies on Xian’s every move. In front of his men, Xian seems dangerous, even sadistic, but Tashi discovers a more vulnerable side of the enemy commander—a side that draws them to Xian.

When their spying unveils that everything they’ve been taught is a lie, Tashi faces an impossible choice: save their country or the boy they’re growing to love. Though Tashi grapples with their decision, their volatile bonded tiger doesn’t question her allegiances. Katala slaughters Xian’s soldiers, leading the enemy to hunt her. But an inhabitor’s bond to their animal is for life—if Katala dies, so will Tashi.

I received this a copy of this book from netgalley in exchange for an honest review!

I was so excited about this book. The plot line was what drew me into reading this book. I love reading books that incorporate animals and magic so I clicked on this so quick when I saw it on Netgalley.

Very early in this book I discovered that our main character Tashi is non binary and  that was awesome and I really loved seeing the rep and They were really well fleshed out. I liked that Tashi was who they wanted to be and the plotline/ biggest struggle wasn’t about their identity. Tashi was a really interesting character to read about they had a lot of character development in this book even thought it was only about 180 pages.

Besides, Tashi the next character I was really interested in was Xian. Xian I have mixed feeling about much like Tashi but while reading this book I really felt like he reminded me of Prince Zuko for Avater: The Last Airbender. Who I adore and I am really curious to see more of him through out the this series. I felt like he has a lot of hidden pieces inside of him and I’m really excited to how his character develops.

I really liked the concept of Inhibators! Bonding to and animal for life and only having their life span is really unique but I didn’t really understand why they could or would want to. We get a little bit of information on how they are able to but we never understood why they do. Again the book was really short which I feel is probably why we didn’t get all of the explanations that I wanted.

The pacing of this book was pretty quick. We immediately started the book off with action and there was always a lot going on which was why I read this in one sitting. However I feel like the book ended rather abrupt and felt like one story was written and they randomly picked a place in the story and chopped it there to keep the reader wanting to read the next book(s).

With all of that being said I really enjoyed this one and I recommend it! It was really fasted paced and easily a one sitting read. The next book is told from a different point of view and I’m really curious to see the world from their eyes.

I gave this book a 3.5 stars out of 5 stars.

 

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Ink and Bone : Book Review

 Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

In an exhilarating new series, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time.…

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.

Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.

When his friend inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn…

Thanks to Blogging for Books for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

This book was addictive!

When I sat down to write this review the above sentence was the first thing to come to mind. Mind you I’ve heard good things about this book but I was worried that the hype would kill this book for me and it totally didn’t. The premise of this book was so fascinating. Libraries controlling the world, book smuggling, and alchemy! Ding Ding we have a winner!

The cast in this was amazing! I loved that so many characters in here are diverse and the fact that they are so different from one another was was expressed with out having to be the main focus of the story. Beside the diversity of the characters they all had really interesting story lines and I’m really excited to explore them further as the story progresses!

The plot was also really interesting. I really lie that the book was paced with action and the plot twisted and turned in directions I didn’t expect and I’m really happy that I couldn’t pin point what was coming next. However, I did have a little bit of trouble with the pacing about halfway through I found it a little bit clunky and had trouble pushing myself through but I picked back up again and I stayed up way to late trying to finish this book!

The world building and the magic (alchemy) system was really interesting and I really liked the way it was explored. Also the fact that being a librarian was the dream goal for the characters was totally amazing and I lived for that! However, I don’t think the Alchemy system was as well explained as how the library system was. I’m hoping that it is explained better in the later books. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing however since the characters are also left in the dark on how Alchemy is used to preserve their world. I’ve very curious to see how that is going to be treated in the future.

Overall I really recommend you to check this book and series out! It was a really cool kind of dystopian that I wish I would of read so much sooner than in I did.

Weekly Wrap up 8/12/17

Weekly

Hey Guys! I’m back with another weekly wrap up. I actually haven’t done a weekly wrap up since the end of Booktubeahon. I fell in to a reading slump for a little over  a week and didn’t get any reading done at all. However I did do some reading last week so I wanted to share that with you guys. My reading is going really well currently due to the reading challenge I am participating in and  will be posting updates for that hopefully in the future,

On to the book!

 

Weekly Stats
Books Read: 3
Pages: 640

Even though I didn’t read alot I really liked all 3 books I read over the week!

What I Posted this Week

Book Scavenger Hunt

The Liebster Award!

#TheReadingQuest TBR

Next Week…

I am currently participating in The Reading Quest and am really enjoying reading! I’m hoping to write up reviews for all of the books I have as Arcs during this readathon and actually post some reviews on the blog finally!

#TheReadingQuest TBR

Hey guys,

Aentee, has created another amazing read-a-thon: The Reading Quest. If you haven’t heard of it yet, go click on that link because its going to be awesome! I missed out in participating in her last readathon but I;m really excited to participate in this one this time around. Also all the beautiful artwork for this readathon was made by  CW of Read, Think,ponder.

My goal this readathon is to read a book for every square of this “bingo” board. According to Aentee we have to pick one of the characters to start with so I picked the Mage! I tried making this character sheet myself ( and failed 😦 ) However the awesome Glazia fixed it up for me and I ended up with this really cute card!

My TBR for the Mage Path

💛FIRST BOOK OF A SERIES –Beauty by Robin Mckinley
💛 A BOOK SET IN A DIFFERENT WORLD – Maresi by Maria Turtschaninoff
💛 A BOOK BASED ON MYTHOLOGY – The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
💛 A BOOK THAT CONTAINS MAGIC – Ink and Bone by Richelle Mead
💛 A BOOK WITH A ONE WORD TITLE – Geekerella by Ashley Poston

So I’m pretty excited for all of the books I’m reading for the mage path. However I also have some ideas for the side quests so here’s a few I’ve already picked out.

💛 GRIND: BOOK WITH 500+ PAGES- Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb
💛MINI-GAME: GRAPHIC NOVEL /COMIC / POEM-  Monstress vol.2 by Marjorie Lu
💛MULTYPLAYER: BUDDY READ!- Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
💛OPEN WORLD- READ WHATEVER YOU WANT- Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee

And that’s all of the books I’ve picked out so far. I am mostly a mood reader so I am trying not to make a huge TBR to not read any of them LOL. So, according to my math. This readathon takes place over 4 weeks and there are a total of 25 challenge that means I need to read a total of 6.25 books per week to finish all 25 challenges before readathon is over. To help myself stay on track I plan to post  update posts here on my blog to track my reading and force myself to actually blog ( sorry guys I keep disappearing). Also the awesome Lauren over at Wonderless Reviews has made an awesome spreadseet that I will be using to keep track of my reading progress!


So that’s it guys Are you participating in The Reading Quest? I would love to see your TBRs!

Arya

The Liebster Award!

 

Hey Peeps today I am sharing my very first Award!

I was nominated for this by Vrinda @ A Bookish Human The Liebster Award is for bloggers with 200 or fewer followers. It’s an online recognition given to new bloggers as a token of appreciation for their blogs and posts.

The rules:

-Thank the person who nominated you.
-Answer the 11 questions they gave you.
-Nominate 11 blogs.
-Give them 11 questions to answer.

1)Your favourite fictional character of all time, just one ! (I know you’ll write more than one, but I like to be satan at times)?

Hmm so I decided to pick just one (your killing me here) I’m going with Matilda. She was the first bookish character I ever read and she has always stuck with me.

2)A talent you wish you had ?!

Uhm talent hmh. I think I would love to sing on key! LOL I love music so this would be really fun!

3)Genres you don’t like ?

I don’t like to say I don’t like a genre but the ones I am usually hit or miss in are horror, mystery, and historical fiction. Most of the time in these genres I’m underwhelmed but they are my least read genres.

4)Your favourite cuisine ?

Italian! I love pasta and pizza! I could live off of it for the rest of my life!

5)What type of posts do you enjoy writing the most ?

My favorite to write are my memes specifically Diversity Spotlight Thursday. I love sharing diverse books and finding them to share!

6)Your biggest blogging struggle ?

Actually having time to write up posts! I love the act of blogging but I am both a full time student and work full time so finding time to blog can be really difficult!

7)If you had a pen name, what would it be ?

My blog is actually under my pen name from school. My school loved sharing students projects and assignments so they assigned pen names to protect the students. Mine was Arya D.

8)Your favorite TV shows ?

My favorite shows are Supernatural, Gilmore Girls, Leverage, and Charmed

9)The most creative thing you’ve ever done ?

I like to make models of things. Currently I am try to figure out the scale I want to make Hogwarts! My favorite thing I’ve made so far is the Weeping Willow from Harry Potter.

10)Your hobbies apart from reading and/or writing ?

Besides what I mentioned above I really like to make puzzles, craft, and draw!

11)A description of your ideal day.

My ideal day would start with being able to sleep in late. Then I would be able to have a cup of coffee and sit own and read for a while with out being interrupted. Then of course just being able to relax and partake in whatever other hobby is interesting me for that day(they usually get pushed to the side). It would conclude with a family dinner and hangout with my mom, sisters, and my grandma before heading to bed! I’m a simple girl and that sounds absolutely amazing!

The questions

  1. If you could only read from one genre for a whole year what genre woukd you pick?
  2. What literary world would you want to live in during the “struggle” of the book/series
  3. If you weren’t blogging about books but still had a blog what would you be blogging about?
  4. What is your ideal reading preferences; quiet/loud, snack/drink etc?
  5. What is your favorite book to movie adaption? Was it better than the book?
  6. What is your dream career?
  7. What are your top T.v. shows?
  8. If you could learn any language other than the language(s) you speack what would you chose?
  9. What i s your least favorite genre(s)?
  10. What is your top bookish pet peeve?
  11. Have you ever read the last page/chapter of a book first?

Tag 11 people. I tag/nominate :
Note: I went by WordPress followers and didn’t check follow stats in other forms!

  1. Avery @ Just Another Lost Student
  2. Preethi @ The Lone Reader
  3. Mel @ The Book Moo
  4. Ellyn @ allonsythornraxx
  5. Kawther @ The Villain Library
  6. Min @ Min and Her Books
  7. Charlotte @ Engrossed in a Good Book
  8. Emma @ EmmaBookBlogger
  9. Vrinda @ A Bookish Human
  10. Tatiana @An AfroBoricua Reads
  11. Avery @ The Book Deviant

Book Scavenger Hunt

Hey! I love Peter Loves Books and when I saw him post this video I knew I had to participate in this awesome challenge. Here’s the link to Peter’s video and if you haven’t checked him out yet over on Booktube you should totally check him out. I thought this would be a really interesting challenge. So I went to my local library and gave it a go. I was really in the mood to read YA so I decided to challenge myself and stay in the YA section instead of browsing the whole library but I really want to try this in different sections of the library or as the library as a whole.

RULES/DIRECTIONS:
*You May Not Ask For Help!
*You May have fun and take as long as you want!
*The prize is the book you end up with at the end!

1. Find your favorite book.

I decide to pick one of my favorite authors books for this challenge.

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2. Find another author who has either the first or last name in their name of the author in #1. Pick any book by that author. 

Luckily Taylor is a pretty common last name so this one wasn’t that bad. 😛

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3. Open that book and go to page 74 . On the 3rd line down, pick out two words and find another book with those two words in the title. 

I spent forever on this challenge! It was so hard to do this one! I probably spent way to much time trying to find a book for this but I finally did and I was so happy to be done with this step 😛 My words I used was THE and TRUTH

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4. Once you have found that book, find another book with a similar context. 

I got from the synopsis as a romance/ contemporary so I picked a book I’ve read with a romance story line

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5. Upon finding that book, find a diverse book with a similar title.

I immediately thought of this book sense I’ve read it this year! It features a character who is blind and non-traditional love interest.

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6. Pick a name of one of the main characters from that book and find another book that has that name in the title.

I totally lucked out on this challenge the main character’s name is Will and felt super lucky to have such a great name!

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7. Open that book to any page and pick a word without looking. That is your word. 

I opened my book at random and picked out the word …. Your. okay I think the scavenger hunt gods made this way to easy on me after spending forever on #3. I decide to look at the recent books added to my libraries YA collection and come across this book that I am super excited to read.

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This was such a great challenge and is totally fun and I might have to make my own challenges in the future and do this again. I ended up having a lot of fun.


Arya

 Have you ever done a bookish scavenger hunt? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BooktubeAthon Wrap-up

Weekly

This week I participated in the BookTubeathon Readathon and I got a lot of reading done. It was also my birthday this week so I had a lot of fun and a 3- day weekend. This week I managed to read 8 books!

1 Star

2 Stars

 

3 Stars

3.5 Stars

 

4 Stars

I also read books 4 and 5 in War an peace for about 100 pages!

Weekly Stats
Books Read: 8
Pages: 1.583

What I Posted this Week

Weekly Wrap up 7/23

Birthday Tag!

Next Week…

So I failed at blogging in the last week and only posted once however this week I already have a few post scheduled and I’m really excited to be back blogging!

Currently Reading


How’d your reading week go? I would love to know!

Arya