Wednesday, 6 July 2016

An Ember in the Ashes Twitter Party!!!!

Hi All!!
So this Sunday, July 10th, 2016 I am hosting an An Ember in the Ashes Twitter Party on my twitter account @bibliophilesbkm . I have posted a few details on both my Instagram account, and my Twitter but I figured I’d go a little more in depth about it.

***Note AEITA=An Ember in the Ashes (Some people refer to it as EMBER, but AEITA stuck with me.)

As many of you know, An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir is hands-down one of my favorite books, and all I do is talk about it! AEITA this, Elias Veturius that it’s never ending. Last year, July 10, 2015 I purchased AEITA and finished it over 3 days. So to celebrate it being a 1 year anniversary (for me), I want to celebrate it publicly with you all! In An Ember in the Ashes, the Aspirants had to go through Four Trials, so that’s what we’ll be doing!

TRIAL 1 will be an AEITA discussion. I have a list of questions to ask you all, what you liked, disliked, and stuff like that. I’m also trying to get more creative with the questions! I only plan for the first trial to last about 20 minutes. It may seem like a long time but it’s really not. For me to ask questions, retweet answers, and respond it’ll take a while. If we go over the 20 minutes, I’m okay with it!

TRIAL 2 is called the Trial of Theories! We’ll be discussing our TORCH theories!  There is 54 days until TORCH releases, and I literally have a whole board of questions/ answers I need from Sabaa, and TORCH. Like where’s book 3? HEY PENGUIN WHERE IS BOOK 3??? We’ll cover expectations, wants, fears, stuff like that. Those that HAVE read TORCH, I’m asking you not to give anything away please! Not all of us were lucky to receive ARCS…EVEN THOUGH WE WOULD’VE SOLD OUR SOULS FOR IT…but hey, I can wait till August 30th, no biggie.

TRIAL 3 will be a QUIZ!! I will have 8 quiz questions about An Ember in the Ashes, and the first person to answer each question correctly gets a prize! They aren’t much, but they are something, and I hope you all enjoy them! Make sure to have your copies of AEITA next to you in case you need to jump through and look for an answer!! They will start off pretty easy, but they will get harder!

TRIAL 4 is being hosted on my Instagram page @abibliophilesbookmark !!! There is a photo posted of an AEITA basket that I will be giving away to one lucky winner! The basket includes 1 Always Victorious candle from The Melting Library, 1 Elias Veturius inspired soap, and 1 AEITA bookmark from Gina’s Etsy shop, Behind the Pages! On the photo I posted is all the details on how to win the basket!

Now that I’ve told you all about my AEITA Twitter Party, and Trial 4 Giveaway, I REALLY hope you all decide to participate! I’ve really put in a lot of time and money into this party & giveaway, and I hope you all enjoy it! I’m doing this so that we can all celebrate this incredible book by Sabaa Tahir, and fangirl/fanboy over the upcoming release of A Torch Against the Night, the HIGHLY ANTICIPATED sequel. I hope to see you all there!

Always Victorious!

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins Review

To start off with, I rarely EVER read anything outside of YA, and Fantasy books. Awhile back I saw the trailer for film starring Emily Blunt, and knew I had to read this book! One of my good friends Anabel, surprised me with the book for my birthday and I started it immediately.

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN is a dark, psychological thriller that follows a woman named Rachel who has 110 issues. If you think your life sucks, think again. Rachel has a dependency on alcohol which started a little before she became divorced. She doesn’t have a high opinion of herself either, which probably goes back to her divorce from Tom. Tom had an affair with a woman named Anna that resulted in a pregnancy, he then married her and moved her into the home he once shared with Rachel. (Crazy, right? Just wait.)

Rachel takes a train every morning to “work” where she passes her old home. As she sits on the train, through the window she observes the house a few doors down from her old home and watches this couple she’s named “Jason and Jess” and even has a little life story built around them. When “Jess” goes missing, Rachel makes her way into the very real life of Megan and Scott all the while battling her alcohol addiction, and her obsession with her ex-husband Tom.

The story is told through three different perspectives of Rachel, Anna, and Megan. Personally, I am not a fan of multiple perspectives, but it really worked for this book. You have the ex-wife, the current wife, and then the missing woman. And they’re all connected somehow. I just felt so bad for Rachel. To find out her husband was having an affair, and then he marries the mistress and moves her into THEIR home?! That made me so angry! But more on that later. Rachel’s dependency on alcohol has caused her to have blackouts, and she often forgets what’s happened. Just when you think she’ll stop and become sober, boom. Something happens and she starts once again, and then we don’t know what she’s forgotten.

Goodness I hated Anna. Every time her chapter came up I rolled my eyes. Who takes pleasure in being the mistress of a married man? She does. She has no sympathy and pretends like she’s sacrificed SO MUCH to build a life with Tom. I did NOT feel bad for her once.

We get snippets of Megan’s past, and what her deal was. I think she had so much potential but I guess life gets in the way and throws you off. She wasn’t a good person either, but she could have been. Victim of circumstances I guess.

Tom. No, man. Just no.

There is literally not one decent character in this book, which I loved! I really disliked every one! Even the roommate was irritating, and kind of an enabler. But it all fits really well, and works to create a twisty story that leaves you anxious, slightly confused, pissed off, and shocked. THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN has been compared to Gillian Flynn’s GONE GIRL, and once you read it, you’ll see why the comparisons stand. If you enjoyed Gone Girl, you’ll definitely enjoy TGOTT. I gave it 4 Stars! I will be in theaters in October to see the film!

Monday, 4 July 2016

ARC Review: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff + Wallpapers

Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicles #1)
Behind 496 Pages
Released: 11 August 2016
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Harper Voyager Australia
Pre-Order: Amazon  |  Angus and Robertson Bookworld  |  Booktopia  |  Book Depository  |  Fishpond
At the Other End:
Destined to destroy empires, Mia Covere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death.

Six years later, the child raised in shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day that she lost everything.

But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and demons at the heart of a murder cult.

The Red Church is no Hogwarts, but Mia is no ordinary student.

The shadows love her. And they drink her fear.