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Apparently I have been watching a lot of anime lately || Anime Wrap Up [ #16 ]

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As the title of this post suggests I have watched a lot of anime recently. I actually had no idea that I would have 9 anime to write about, I lost track of how many anime I finished. This time around I have enjoyed all the anime I watched, some obviously more than others. I have watched some sequels and some first seasons, it ended up being a good mix of both.

With all of that being said, let’s just get into the anime that I recently finished!

Nanatsu no TaizaiNanatsu no Taizai: Revival of the Commandments

Episodes: 24

Action | Fantasy | Magic | Shounen

My rating: 7/10 (Good)

The fierce battle between Meliodas, the captain of the Seven Deadly Sins, and the Great Holy Knight Hendrickson has devastating consequences. Armed with the fragments necessary for the revival of the Demon Clan, Hendrickson breaks the seal, allowing the Commandments to escape, all of whom are mighty warriors working directly under the Demon King himself. Through a mysterious connection, Meliodas instantly identifies them; likewise, the 10 Commandments, too, seem to sense his presence.

As the demons leave a path of destruction in their wake, the Seven Deadly Sins must find a way to stop them before the Demon Clan drowns Britannia in blood and terror.

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

It’s been a while since I have watched the first season of this anime (and I’m on break from reading the manga), it felt great being back in this world with these characters. There was a lot of Meliodas and Ban in this season, which did please me as they are my favourites from this anime.

The last sin got introduced, which was interesting. It feels great to have all the main characters introduced now, it was also great seeing them interact with each other. There was also a lot of backstory of the characters revealed, which was interesting. There were quite a few important fights and conflicts in this season and I enjoyed seeing them. Though I must add that the animation isn’t my favourite. I prefer the manga, the dramatic and intense scenes are just better done. The anime does them no justice.

Would I recommend this anime?

Yeah, I would recommend this anime. The animation isn’t the best out there, but the story is really interesting.

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Mo Dao Zu ShiMo Dao Zu Shi

Episodes: 15

Adventure | Historical | Supernatural | Mystery

My rating: 7/10 (Good)

Xian: the state of immortality that all cultivators strive to achieve. However, there is a dark energy that lies underneath—the forbidden Mo Dao, or demonic path. Through an unfortunate series of tragedies, this is the path that cultivator Wei Wuxian experiments with during his teachings. His rise in power is accompanied by chaos and destruction, but his reign of terror comes to an abrupt end when the cultivation clans overpower him and he is killed by his closest ally.

Thirteen years later, Wei Wuxian is reincarnated in the body of a lunatic and reunited with Lan Wangji, a former classmate of his. This marks the beginning of a supernatural mystery that plagues the clans and threatens to disrupt their everyday life.

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

It took me a bit to get used to the Chinese, as I’m used to watching anime in Japanese (with subtitles obviously). It was also a bit hard in the beginning to keep track of all their names, mostly because they have 3 of them. It took me a while to connect who everyone was.

The scenery of this anime is gorgeous, that is definitely something that stood out for me. The characters were interesting and I enjoyed learning more about them as the anime continued. The problem that I had with this anime is the story, I found it very confusing. Basically the story takes part in the present and also in the past (13 years before or something like that). That is something that I didn’t realise until basically the last episode. I felt so freaking dumb for not realising that. The characters look the same in the past and present, so even that didn’t help differentiate things (they are apparently ageless).

Basically I liked the anime, but I was also confused by it. I definitely plan on watching the second season, as I really want to see how the story is going to continue.

Would I recommend this anime?

Yes, I would definitely recommend this anime. Just be aware that there is a double time-line, or you’ll end up being as confused as I was.

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Shokugeki no SoumaShokugeki no Soma 4th Season

Episodes: 12

School | Ecchi | Shounen

My rating: 7/10 (Good)

At Tootsuki Culinary Academy, a heated eight-on-eight Shokugeki known as the Régiment de Cuisine rages on between Central and the rebel forces led by Souma Yukihira and Erina Nakiri. Though they won a stunning perfect victory in the first bout, the rebels face an uphill battle ahead, as they must now face off against the rest of the Elite Ten Council. With the future of Tootsuki at stake, Souma and Erina must push far beyond the limits of their abilities, using everything they learned from their mentors and ultimately drawing from their experiences cooking together as friends.

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

As this is the fourth season, I can’t talk about much without spoiling things. So I’ll keep this review short.

It was interesting seeing the tournament come to an end, even thought I already knew how it was going to play out since I have read that part in the manga already. Still, it was great seeing some of my favourite scenes animated. There were so many interesting characters in the tournament, which is another reason I enjoyed it. Now let’s talk about the more negative things. There was too much ecchi stuff, it kept bringing me out of the story. I really think I would enjoy this anime more with less ecchi (in the manga I can just skip over it easier). There was also a lot of focus on Erina in this season and I really don’t like her as a character. She annoys me, so focusing on her wasn’t that interesting to me.

Would I recommend this anime?

Yes, I would recommend this anime. There are a lot of people out there who adore this one, and for a good reason. Though I recommend not watching this anime on an empty stomach, as it’s going to make you hungry.

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Mob Psycho 100Mob Psycho 100 II

Episodes: 13

Action | Supernatural | Slice of Life | Comedy

My rating: 9/10 (Great)

Shigeo “Mob” Kageyama is now maturing and understanding his role as a supernatural psychic that has the power to drastically affect the livelihood of others. He and his mentor Reigen Arataka continue to deal with supernatural requests from clients, whether it be exorcizing evil spirits or tackling urban legends that haunt the citizens.

While the workflow remains the same, Mob isn’t just blindly following Reigen around anymore. With all his experiences as a ridiculously strong psychic, Mob’s supernatural adventures now have more weight to them. Things take on a serious and darker tone as the dangers Mob and Reigen face are much more tangible and unsettling than ever before.

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

Mob Psycho 100 is one of the best anime that I have ever watched, so I was obviously exited about the second season coming out. I ended up enjoying this season a lot!

Mob got some amazing character development in this season. He is standing up for himself against Reigen, which I loved to see. Mob is still my favourite character and I still don’t like Reigen, he annoys me a lot. This anime has some of the most amazing animation out there and the fight scenes in this season were fantastic. In general I really liked the plot of this season, I felt that it went in an interesting direction and I loved watching it. Still, my favourite aspect of this second season was seeing Mob grow and become more comfortable with himself.

Would I recommend this anime?

Yes, I would definitely recommend this anime. Mob Psycho 100 might not be for everyone, but I definitely recommend checking out the first season. It’s an anime very well worth watching.

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Dr StoneDr. Stone

Episodes: 24

Adventure | Sci-Fi | Shounen

My rating: 5/10 (Average)

After five years of harboring unspoken feelings, high-schooler Taiju Ooki is finally ready to confess his love to Yuzuriha Ogawa. Just when Taiju begins his confession however, a blinding green light strikes the Earth and petrifies mankind around the world—turning every single human into stone.

Several millennia later, Taiju awakens to find the modern world completely nonexistent, as nature has flourished in the years humanity stood still. Among a stone world of statues, Taiju encounters one other living human: his science-loving friend Senkuu, who has been active for a few months. Taiju learns that Senkuu has developed a grand scheme—to launch the complete revival of civilization with science. Taiju’s brawn and Senkuu’s brains combine to forge a formidable partnership, and they soon uncover a method to revive those petrified.

However, Senkuu’s master plan is threatened when his ideologies are challenged by those who awaken. All the while, the reason for mankind’s petrification remains unknown.

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

Dr. Stone has a very interesting premise and I was intrigued to find out what the anime was going to do with it. I enjoyed seeing how Senkuu created all the modern things and how people reacted to it, but I didn’t care about anything else. Basically I didn’t care about the overarching plot or any of the characters. The characters were ridiculous and not in an endearing way. By the end I was just bored and I didn’t care anymore.

The art style of Dr. Stone is confusing. By that I mean that the male and female characters seem to have a very different art style. Just seeing them next to each other felt very jarring. This is something personal and I don’t think everyone is going to have a problem with it, but I did. Another thing that bothered me (that is rather unimportant in the grand scheme of things) is the fact that their clothes disappeared. By that I mean that they were clothed when they turned into stone but they wake up naked. Even if the clothes disintegrated over the time, the outer shape should still be with clothes on as I don’t think the stone would shift once it took over. This is an unimportant detail, but it kept bothering me every time a stone person was found so I thought I would mention it.

Would I recommend this anime?

I don’t know. I have seen many people on the internet enjoy this anime, but I was sadly not one of them. Maybe check the anime out if it sounds interesting to you?

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Jibaku Shounen Hanako-kunJibaku Shounen Hanako-kun

Episodes: 12

Comedy | Supernatural | School

My rating: 8/10 (Very Good)

The famous “Seven Wonders” that every school seems to have are a staple of Japanese urban legends. One of the most well-known of these tales is that of Hanako-san: the ghost of a young girl who haunts the school’s bathrooms.

Kamome Academy has its own version of Hanako-san’s legend. Rumours claim that if one successfully manages to summon Hanako-san, she will grant her summoner any wish. Lured by the gossip, many people have tried to call upon her, yet every attempt has failed. However, when Nene Yashiro, a girl hoping for romantic fortune, dares to summon Hanako-san, she discovers that the rumoured “girl” is actually a boy!

After a series of unfortunate events involving Nene’s romantic desires, she is unwillingly entangled in the world of the supernatural, becoming Hanako-kun’s assistant. Soon, she finds out about Hanako-kun’s lesser-known duty: maintaining the fragile balance between mortals and apparitions.

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

As soon as I saw the art style of this anime I knew I had to check it out. The art is seriously adorable and I’m in love with it. Then I found out that it was about ghosts and I was completely sold.

There were very interesting ghost stories and legends told in this anime. I enjoyed seeing how Nene found out about them and how she got entangled with them. There was some cute comedy as well, which I enjoyed a lot. This anime is rather light hearted, with some heavy moments mixed in. There were many interesting characters where I was unsure about their motivations and if they were good or not. The two main characters , Nene and Hanako, were definitely my favourites. I really enjoyed seeing their friendship develop through the events in the anime.

Would I recommend this anime?

Yes, I would definitely recommend this anime. Aside from the amazing art style, the story was very interesting with charming characters.

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104929lHaikyuu!!: To the Top

Episodes: 13

Sports | School | Shounen | Drama

My rating: 9/10 (Great)

After their triumphant victory over Shiratorizawa Academy, the Karasuno High School volleyball team has earned their long-awaited ticket to nationals. As preparations begin, genius setter Tobio Kageyama is invited to the All-Japan Youth Training Camp to play alongside fellow nationally recognised players. Meanwhile, Kei Tsukishima is invited to a special rookie training camp for first-years within the Miyagi Prefecture. Not receiving any invitations himself, the enthusiastic Shouyou Hinata feels left behind.

However, Hinata does not back down. Transforming his frustration into self-motivation, he boldly decides to sneak himself into the same rookie training camp as Tsukishima. Even though Hinata only lands himself a job as the ball boy, he comes to see this as a golden opportunity. He begins to not only reflect on his skills as a volleyball player but also analyse the plethora of information available on the court and how he can apply it.

As the much-anticipated national tournament approaches, the members of Karasuno’s volleyball team attempt to overcome their weak points and refine their skills, all while aiming for the top!

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

This is the fourth season of Haikyuu!! so I won’t be going into too much details, as I don’t want to spoil things (though there might be slight spoilers in this review).

The first half of the season was slower, as it was mostly focused on training for an upcoming tournament. Something that I need to mention is that Hinata annoyed me in the first half of the anime, as I expected him to as I have read this part in the manga already. In case that you didn’t know, I have a love hate relationship with Hinata – there are times I adore him and times I really don’t like him. The second half of this season was more action packed and the ending has me exited for the next one. It was very interesting to see new characters introduced, especially some of the ones that intrigue me the most (from the manga I mean). Kageyama’s character growth is another thing that I loved seeing in this season.

Would I recommend this anime?

Haikyuu!! is one of my favourite anime of all time, so I would obviously recommend it. Though I would obviously recommend the first season first. Do check this anime out, even if you think that you won’t enjoy it since it’s a sports one.

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Boku no Hero AcademiaBoku no Hero Academia 4th Season

Episodes: 25

Action | Superpowers | School | Shounen

My rating: 7/10 (Good)

After successfully passing his Provisional Hero License exam, Izuku “Deku” Midoriya seeks out an extracurricular internship with a professional hero agency. At the recommendation of his mentor All Might, Midoriya lands a position under All Might’s former sidekick, Sir Nighteye, now a famous hero in his own right.

As Midoriya’s classmates further their own abilities through various internships, up-and-coming villain Kai Chisaki utilizes his terrifying powers to gather favor in the criminal underworld. Known by the moniker Overhaul, Chisaki’s ambitions collide with the League of Villains and its leader, Tomura Shigaraki.

Through his work with Sir Nighteye, Midoriya discovers Chisaki’s crime syndicate and the villain’s hostile relationship with a mysterious young girl named Eri. Fearing for the child’s safety, Midoriya and his upperclassman Mirio Toogata must work together to put an end to Chisaki’s reign of terror.

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

I didn’t enjoy the fourth season of Boku no Hero Academia as much as the previous ones. I just didn’t connect to many aspects of it, which made me not interested in the things that were happening.

There were some really important scenes in this season, but also some that I found unnecessary and that annoyed me. The whole school festival arch felt unnecessary and the villain was laughable. The anime just didn’t develop the side characters enough for me to care about them. I often don’t care about children characters (in any media) and this was no exception. Basically I didn’t care about Eri as much as the anime wanted me to. Endeavor doesn’t deserve a redemption art or whatever it’s building up to be. I seriously hope they don’t take it into that direction. Hawks is an interesting character and I’m looking forward to seeing more from him in the future. There were some great battles in this season that I enjoyed seeing. Something else that I’m very intrigued about is Midoriya’s dream, which I won’t go into any detail about since it would spoil things. I’m looking forward to the next season and hopefully I’ll enjoy it more than this one.

Would I recommend this anime?

Boku no Hero Academia is one of the most popular anime out there at the moment, I would obviously recommend it as well.

My Hero Academia GIF


85429lKamisama Hajimemashita and Kamisama Hajimemashita Season 2

Episodes:
first season: 13
second season: 12

Romance | Supernatural | Demons | Shoujo

My rating for both seasons: 7/10 (Good)

High schooler Nanami Momozono has quite a few problems of late, beginning with her absentee father being in such extreme debt that they lose everything. Downtrodden and homeless, she runs into a man being harassed by a dog. After helping him, she explains her situation, and to her surprise, he offers her his home in gratitude. But when she discovers that said home is a rundown shrine, she tries to leave; however, she is caught by two shrine spirits and a fox familiar named Tomoe. They mistake her for the man Nanami rescued—the land god of the shrine, Mikage. Realizing that Mikage must have sent her there as a replacement god, Tomoe leaves abruptly, refusing to serve a human.

Rather than going back to being homeless, Nanami immerses herself in her divine duties. But if she must keep things running smoothly, she will need the help of a certain hot-headed fox. In her fumbling attempt to seek out Tomoe, she lands in trouble and ends up sealing a contract with him. Now the two must traverse the path of godhood together as god and familiar; but it will not be easy, for new threats arise in the form of a youkai who wants to devour the girl, a snake that wants to marry her, and Nanami’s own unexpected feelings for her new familiar.

(Summary for the first season taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

This anime is a little different from the others on this list. It came out in 2012, so many years before any of these. Basically I needed something light and fluffy to watch, so I gave Kamisama Hajimemashita a go. Or rather I watched two seasons of it.

This anime is a romance with supernatural elements, not the genre that I usually gravitate towards (the romance that is). But as I already mentioned I needed something cute and light, and I knew that I enjoyed this story since I have already read the manga (though it’s been quite a few years since then). As expected, this anime was a lot of fun and exactly what I needed. It’s definitely not one of my new favourites, since I had some problems with it, but I had a good time while I was watching it. The problems were mainly some tropes that annoyed me and some character decisions, which I really can’t get into because it would spoil things. Side note: chibi Tomoe is seriously the cutest!

Would I recommend this anime?

Yes, I would recommend this anime. Especially if you enjoy romance anime, as this one was really cute and fun.

Kamisama Hajimemashita GIF


Have you watched any of these anime? What did you think of them? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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Super Long Book Titles || Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and it has been moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.


This week the theme for Top Ten Tuesday is super long book titles. This one seemed like a really fun one, which is why I decided to do it. These are not the longest book titles out there, rather I decided to share 5 books that I have read and 5 that are on my TBR that have long titles. (I couldn’t be bothered to actually research which books have the longest titles ever.) With all of that being said, lets just get into my list!


5 books that I have read


5. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

4. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes & Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty

3. The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo

2. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

1. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz


5 BOOKS ON MY TBR


5. Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

4. The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water by Zen Cho

3. The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

2. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami

1. The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm: Eragon by Christopher Paolini


Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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September 2020 Wrap Up

September was a VERY busy month for me. I started a new job on the first and, while I’m not working full time, I was mostly getting used to working every week. It was also physically and mentally exhausting in the beginning, as I was learning new things and doing my work (which is physical in some aspects). I have gotten used to it now, which pleases me. In general I’m really happy with how everything went in regards to this new job, thought there were some downs as well I feel like I have adjusted pretty well. Another thing that I had struggled with in September was finding a balance between working (being tired because of that), other life obligations and my hobbies. In the beginning it was very hard, but I’m functioning a lot better now. ☺️

That was basically my September. It was me getting used to the new job and trying to balance out my life. Nothing that exiting happened. In general I’m happy with how September went, despite the fact that I was exhausted most of the time. Hopefully October will be good for me and I won’t be as tired as in September (so far it’s looking promising).


The Hollow Gods (The Chaos Cycle Duology #1) by A.J. Vrana

3 out of 5 stars

The Hollow Gods was a very atmospheric and dark book. I ended up getting sucked into the story and reading it rather quickly. I really wanted to know what was going on.

The folklore of this story was my favourite aspect of the book, that and the atmosphere. In case you didn’t know, I tend to love atmospheric books. The author managed to create such a chilling atmosphere in the story and there were quite a few moments that creeped me out. What I did have a problem with was the actual story. By that I mean that I was confused for a big part of the book, I didn’t get the mystery and I felt kinda stupid for that. There just wasn’t a moment that everything clicked for me, I just didn’t get what was going on.


Driftwood by Marie Brennan

3 out of 5 stars

The story of Driftwood is told through several short stories that are centred around the main character Last. This is something that I didn’t expect, as I thought this would be a “regular” novel. Last has lived longer than anyone can remember and he has seen many people come and go. Throughout the book we get to see some of those encounters. The narrative isn’t linear in Driftwood, the short stories are more like vignettes that are connected to each other by a small thread. That did end up making the whole book feel disjointed, especially since some of the stories were more developed than the others. The format that this book was written in does allow the author to present many different cultures and worlds, which was interesting to read about.


Emma by Jane Austen
4 out of 5 stars

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
5 out of 5 stars

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
5 out of 5 stars

I was in the mood to reread some classics during September, so that is exactly what I did. I should mention that I felt too tired to dive into new stories, which is why I decided to reread some books. I decided to reread three of my favourite classics and I had a lot of fun doing that. Emma and Pride and Prejudice are books that I tend to reread each year, I just love the way Jane Austen writes and her books feel very comforting to me. I decided to reread The Picture of Dorian Gray for the first time in September. I read it many years ago and adored it, so I was curious to see what I would think of it now. As you can see, I loved it and I realised that I didn’t remember the story as well as I thought I did. I ended up rereading the perfect books, in the sense that they fit the mood I was in at the time perfetly.


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Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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mybookishdream ➙ starlightkosmos

Hello everyone! 😊💜
This is just going to be a short post explaining why I decided to change the name of my blog.

Side note: Nothing aside from the name is changing. The content of my blog is going to be the same as it has been until now.

This is something that I have been contemplating doing for a while. In the end I decided to just go for it and change my blog name. The biggest reason for that is due to the fact that I didn’t like mybookishdream anymore, it also felt limiting in a way. I have had that blog name for 5 years and I’m just not happy with it anymore. Also, mybookishdream was rather impersonal for me – which is something that started bothering me in the past year. In the end the best decision was to just change it to something I like better, so that’s what I did.

I love the name starlightkosmos, it’s something that I picked out months ago (so I have had time to sit on it, and I still completely adore it). I think it suits me a lot more and it has a personal meaning for me. I won’t actually be going into details about that, maybe in the future. All of my social media is going to be under that handle as well (I have already secured the username on the sites that I’m interested in using). Having this new name makes me beyond happy and I’m very glad that I finally made this decision!


Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

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The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass by Adan Jerreat-Poole || ARC Review

Disclaimer: I received The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass from the publisher (through NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


Title: The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass

(The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass #1)

Authors: Adan Jerreat-Poole

Published: 6. October 2020

Edition: Dundurn

ebook, 304 pages

Genre: Fantasy | Paranormal | Magic

Summary:

Even teenage assassins have dreams.

Eli isn’t just a teenage girl — she’s a made-thing the witches created to hunt down ghosts in the human world. Trained to kill with her seven magical blades, Eli is a flawless machine, a deadly assassin. But when an assignment goes wrong, Eli starts to question everything she was taught about both worlds, the Coven, and her tyrannical witch-mother.

Worried that she’ll be unmade for her mistake, Eli gets caught up with a group of human and witch renegades, and is given the most difficult and dangerous task in the worlds: capture the Heart of the Coven. With the help of two humans, one motorcycle, and a girl who smells like the sea, Eli is going to get answers — and earn her freedom.

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◄ 1 out of 5 stars ►

The synopsis for The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass sounded very interesting book and I do have a weakness for books about assassins. Those two things combined should have made the reading experience of this book amazing, sadly that wasn’t the case. I really didn’t enjoy The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass, I had many problems with it.

The story was all over the place. Many aspects didn’t make sense and the events that happened didn’t seem to have any rhyme or reason. I was confused to what was actually going on throughout the whole book. The world-building was non-existent. Nothing was properly explained. A good fantasy book needs at least some good world-building, to help the reader immerse themselves into the story, this book had none of that. With all of those things bothering me while reading, I also didn’t connect to the characters. None of them stood out to me in any way, good or bad. I just didn’t care about any of them.

Overall, The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass wasn’t for me. I had many problems with this book and the reading experience really wasn’t the best.


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Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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Driftwood by Marie Brennan || Book Review

Disclaimer: I received Driftwood from the publisher (through NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


Title: Driftwood

Authors: Marie Brennan

Published: 14. August 2020

Edition: Tachyon Publications

ebook, 225 pages

Genre: Fantasy

Summary:

Who is Last?

Fame is rare in Driftwood- it’s hard to get famous if you don’t stick around long enough for people to know you. But many know the guide, Last, a one-blooded survivor who has seen his world end many lifetimes ago. For Driftwood is a strange place of slow apocalypses, where continents eventually crumble into mere neighborhoods, pulled inexorably towards the center in the Crush. Cultures clash, countries fall, and everything eventually disintegrates.

Within the Shreds, a rumor goes around that Last has died. Drifters come together to commemorate him. But who really was Last?

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◄ 3 out of 5 stars ►

Marie Brennan has been an author that I have wanted to read for ages, but I never got around to picking up her books (though I did read a short story by her). When I saw that one of her books was on NetGalley I immediately requested it and luckily I was approved, so here we are now. I have mixed feelings towards Driftwood, there are some things about it that I enjoyed and some that bothered me.

The story of Driftwood is told through several short stories that are centred around the main character Last. This is something that I didn’t expect, as I thought this would be a “regular” novel. Last has lived longer than anyone can remember and he has seen many people come and go. Throughout the book we get to see some of those encounters. Thee narrative isn’t linear in Driftwood, the short stories are more like vignettes that are connected to each other by a small thread. That did end up making the whole book feel disjointed, especially since some of the stories were more developed than the others. The format that this book was written in does allow the author to present many different cultures and worlds, which was interesting to read about.

The only character that we got to know more about was Last, and even with him I still felt like I didn’t get to know him that well. Still, I did find him to be an interesting character and I enjoyed seeing the way he was portrayed in the different stories. The other characters that appeared in the short stories were alright, but as they only appeared briefly they didn’t leave a lasting impression on me. That is the downside when it comes to these vignettes.

Overall, Driftwood was an interesting book. The concept behind it was fascinating, but the execution was lacking in some aspects for me. I would definitely recommend this book, as it was a very enjoyable read.


Have you read Driftwood? Did you enjoy it? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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The Hollow Gods by A.J. Vrana || Book Review

Disclaimer: I received The Hollow Gods from the publisher (through NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


Title: The Hollow Gods

(The Chaos Cycle Duology #1)

Authors: A. J. Vrana

Published: 28. July 2020

Edition: The Parliament House Press

ebook, 384 pages

Genre: Fantasy | Horror | Mystery

Summary:

For centuries, residents have foretold the return of the Dreamwalker—an ominous figure from local folklore said to lure young women into the woods and possess them. Yet the boundary between fact and fable is blurred by a troubling statistic: occasionally, women do go missing. And after they return, they almost always end up dead.

When Kai wakes up next to the lifeless body of a recently missing girl, his memory blank, he struggles to clear his already threadbare conscience.

Miya, a floundering university student, experiences signs that she may be the Dreamwalker’s next victim. Can she trust Kai as their paths collide, or does he herald her demise?

And after losing a young patient, crestfallen oncologist, Mason, embarks on a quest to debunk the town’s superstitions, only to find his sanity tested.

A maelstrom of ancient grudges, forgotten traumas, and deadly secrets loom in the foggy forests of Black Hollow. Can three unlikely heroes put aside their fears and unite to confront a centuries-old evil? Will they uncover the truth behind the fable, or will the cycle repeat?

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◄ 3 out of 5 stars ►

The Hollow Gods was a very atmospheric and dark book. I ended up getting sucked into the story and reading it rather quickly. I really wanted to know what was going on.

The folklore of this story was my favourite aspect of the book, that and the atmosphere. In case you didn’t know, I tend to love atmospheric books. The author managed to create such a chilling atmosphere in the story and there were quite a few moments that creeped me out. What I did have a problem with was the actual story. By that I mean that I was confused for a big part of the book, I didn’t get the mystery and I felt kinda stupid for that. There just wasn’t a moment that everything clicked for me, I just didn’t get what was going on.

The characters I liked, for the most part. Miya, Kai and Mason were all well formed characters that I enjoyed reading about. I could differentiate all their different POVs easily, which is always great when it comes to stories with multiple POVs. It was interesting seeing the way that all of them came together in the story. There is some character development, but that felt very rushed. There seemed to be no build-up, rather they changed from one scene to the next (or so it felt to me at least). There was also some insta-love elements that I didn’t enjoy, as you would expect since that is one of my least favourite tropes.

Overall, The Hollow Gods was an interesting horror book. I would definitely recommend this book, if you can handle horror and the synopsis sounds interesting.


Have you read The Hollow Gods? Did you enjoy it? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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waiting on wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday: A Deadly Education

Feature

Waiting on Wednesday was originally created by Jill @Breaking The Spine. This is a weekly feature that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.


51080382A Deadly Education (Scholomance #1) by Naomi Novik

Publication date: 29. September 2020

Summary:

I decided that Orion Lake needed to die after the second time he saved my life.

Everyone loves Orion Lake. Everyone else, that is. Far as I’m concerned, he can keep his flashy combat magic to himself. I’m not joining his pack of adoring fans.

I don’t need help surviving the Scholomance, even if they do. Forget the hordes of monsters and cursed artifacts, I’m probably the most dangerous thing in the place. Just give me a chance and I’ll level mountains and kill untold millions, make myself the dark queen of the world.

At least, that’s what the world expects me to do. Most of the other students in here would be delighted if Orion killed me like one more evil thing that’s crawled out of the drains. Sometimes I think they want me to turn into the evil witch they assume I am. The school itself certainly does.

But the Scholomance isn’t getting what it wants from me. And neither is Orion Lake. I may not be anyone’s idea of the shining hero, but I’m going to make it out of this place alive, and I’m not going to slaughter thousands to do it, either.

Although I’m giving serious consideration to just one.


I have read Uprooted and Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik and I adored both of those books. I consider them to be some of my favourite books and Naomi Novik one of my favourite authors. I really want to read everything she writes and that obviously includes A Deadly Education. I just really enjoy the way she writes stories and characters. The premise for A Deadly Education sounds so interesting and dark! I’m very intrigued to see what the story is going to be about. The cover is great as well, it seems to fit the tone of the summary. A Deadly Education can’t come out soon enough!


Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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top ten tuesday

Beautiful Books On My TBR || Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and it has been moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.


This week the theme for Top Ten Tuesday was a cover freebie. I decided to show some of the beautiful books that are on my TBR. There are so many beautiful books that I want to read, so picking only 10 was a challenge. This is a mix of books that I own and that I still need to get my hands on. With all of that being said, lets just get to all the beautiful books!


10. The Tiger’s Daughter (Their Bright Ascendency #1) by K. Arsenault Rivera


9. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson


8. Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1) by Laini Taylor


7. Spin the Dawn (The Blood of Stars #1) by Elizabeth Lim


6. Raybearer (Raybearer #1) by Jordan Ifueko


5. Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar


4. King of Scars (King of Scars Duology #1) by Leigh Bardugo


3. The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy #1) by S.A. Chakraborty


2. The Empress of Salt and Fortune (The Singing Hills Cycle #1) by Nghi Vo


1. Vicious Spirits (Gumiho #2) by Kat Cho


Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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wrap up

August 2020 Wrap Up

August wasn’t the best month for me. The month started with me pulling a muscle in my back and not being able to move for a few days. That definitely wasn’t the way I thought August was going to start. Then I had to finish a paper for university, which was stressful as I expected it to be. Then my mental health was acting up, basically my depression was bothering me. As you can see, the combination of all of those things didn’t make August the best month for me. (Which is also why I haven’t posted much in August.)

On a more positive note, I did some fun things in August as well! (Basically it wasn’t all bad.) I ended up reading quite a bit, 3 books and 8 short stories (along with the fanfiction that I usually read each month). I watched some amazing tv shows and movies, which definitely managed to improve my mood. BTS released their song Dynamite, which was definitely a highlight. I love how fun and bubbly that song is! It’s everything that I need right now and I just can’t stop listening to it. On a more serious note, I had a job interview near the end of the month and I GOT THE JOB! I’m so exited and relieved about that, as I had been stressing about getting one for many months. (I actually started working in September.)

Basically August wasn’t the best month for me, but I did have some highlights as well. Now lets talk about the things I ended up reading!


The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass by Adan Jerreat-Poole

1.5 out of 5 stars

I really didn’t enjoy this book. I just had many things about it that bothered me. Full review coming closer to the release date.


Darkfever (Fever #1) by Karen Marie Moning

2.5 out of 5 stars

This book just wasn’t for me. I randomly found it on my kindle (I have no idea where I got it from) and decided to read it as I have heard many people enjoy this series. Obviously I didn’t become one of those people. Darkfever had elements that bothered and annoyed me, it wasn’t a very fun experience reading this book. I did enjoy the world-building, that was probably my favourite aspect of this book. There were also some scenes that I enjoyed, but that was that. I’m not going to continue reading this series.


Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons #1) by Leigh Bardugo

3.5 out of 5 stars

As you may know, Leigh Bardugo is one of my favourite authors. Obviously I want to read all of her books and I finally got around to reading Warbringer in August.

enjoyed the writing style of this book, it was fast paced and it drew me into the story immediately (as expected of Leigh Bardugo). I also really liked the friendship between Diana and Alia, it was probably my favourite aspect of the story. Diana as a character was very interesting. Everything else about the book I had problems with. I lost interest in the plot half-way through, it just didn’t capture my attention. I also didn’t like the romantic part, it felt forces and really unnecessary. 

Warbringer was an entertaining read, but I hoped that I would have enjoyed it more than I did.


Lullaby for a Lost World by Aliette de Bodard

3 out of 5 stars

This was an interesting and dark story. I really enjoyed the way it was written and I was intrigued in what was happening from the start. With that said, I just wanted something more from this story (even though I’m unsure as to what exactly).


In the Sight of Akresa by Ray Wood

2 out of 5 stars

Wow, this was depressing. I really don’t know how to put into words the way I feel about In the Sight of Akresa without spoiling the story, so I’ll keep it brief and vague. The story was beautifully written and there were aspects of it that intrigued me, but there were quite a few things that bothered me as well. 


The Maiden Thief by Melissa Marr

2 out of 5 stars

Well, this ended up being a lot different than I thought it would be. It was unsettling and I couldn’t stop reading the story, but I also had problems with The Maiden Thief. There was some wording in this story that bothered me, the way some things were phrased. There is also a somewhat casual rape scene in this story, so be prepared for that. I didn’t really care about any of the characters, but I wanted to read more and find out what was actually going on.


Eros, Philia, Agape by Rachel Swirsky

1 out of 5 stars

This was not a story for me. I really didn’t enjoy it and it made me very uncomfortable. I really don’t feel like going into more detail, as I don’t want to thing more about this story, so I’ll just leave it at this.

Side note: The cover art for this story is beyond gorgeous.


The Library of Lost Things by Matthew Bright

4 out of 5 stars

This was such an interesting story. It really kept me on my toes and I had no idea what was going to happen next. The writing style was great and I was very intrigued by the characters. The Library of Lost Things ended up surprising me in many ways. This story was also gay, which is always a plus.


This Chance Planet by Elizabeth Bear

3 out of 5 stars

This Chance Planet was exactly what I expected it to be in some ways, yet it managed to still surprise me. Petra was interesting, I enjoyed reading about her. I hated her boyfriend (I have no idea why she didn’t dump him ages ago), he reminded me of some people that I used to have in my life. Thank everything that I don’t have to deal with them anymore.


Thirteen Steps in the Underworld by Su-Yee Lin

3 out of 5 stars

This was an interesting story. I enjoyed the way (format?) it was written a lot. Thirteen Steps in the Underworlds was such an atmospheric story, full of hope and grief. With that being said, this story didn’t grip me that much. I didn’t feel that invested in what was happening to the character, or what was going on in the story.


The Cat Who Walked a Thousand Miles by Kij Johnson

3 out of 5 stars

It was very interesting getting to read from a cats perspective. I don’t think I have ever read a story from an animals perspective (or at least none are coming to my mind right now). Small Cat was an interesting character. The story was rather slow and it took me a while to get through it, though that did set up the whole mood of the story. The illustrations in this story are gorgeous, I loved seeing them as I continued reading the story.


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Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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