Hello bookworms! I’m Nia and today I’m going to be doing a tag, yay!
I decided to do this particular tag BECAUSE TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY!! I’m oficially 22 years old right now, and I wanted to post something related to that, so this tag seemed like a perfect match.
Now I’m probably not going to be making any cake today and buy one but it doesn’t matter, let’s pretend I make a cake and it’s a special cake, because it’s made of books. I’m not going to be eating it tho, that would be disgusting. But you get what I meant haha.
FLOUR. A book that was a little slow to start off but that really picked up as it went along.
My thoughts: If you’ve read the reviews I’ve done of this series, you’ll probably know these books were quite slow and a bit hard to get into. But the characters and the plot made it so worth it. It got better as you kept reading it, and the sequel was so much better than the first book, since you already know the characters and the world.
Synopsis of And I Darken
No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.
Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.
But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.
MARGARINE. A book that had a really rich and great plot.
My thoughts: I went with quite low expectations because of all the hype surrounding the book, but turns out I really enjoyed Illuminae. What made the book so special and the plot so rich is they way the story was told. And even though at the beginning I was a bit confused I flew through it and I was at the edge of my seat reading it.
This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.
The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.
But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.
EGGS. A book that you didn’t think you were going to like but ended up loving it.
My thoughts: I don’t know why but I didn’t go with the highest expectations to read this book. Probably because I heard quite normal things about it and it was a new release so there weren’t many people reading it, but I really really enjoy it. I loved the concept of female gladiators and I adored the main character, she was super badass. It surprised me in a very good way, and I ended up giving it a very high ranting. And now I’m anticipated the sequel!
Princess. Captive. Gladiator.
Fallon is the daughter of a proud Celtic king, the sister of the legendary warrior Sorcha, and the sworn enemy of Julius Caesar.
When Fallon was a child, Caesar’s armies invaded her homeland, and her beloved sister was killed in battle.
Now, on the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Fallon is eager to follow in her sister’s footsteps and earn her place in the fearsome Cantii war band. She never gets the chance.
Fallon is captured and sold to an elite training school for female gladiators—owned by none other than Julius Caesar. In a cruel twist of fate, the man who destroyed Fallon’s family might be her only hope of survival.
Now Fallon must overcome vicious rivalries and deadly fights—in and out of the arena. And perhaps the most dangerous threat of all: her forbidden yet irresistible feelings for Cai, a young Roman soldier.
SUGAR. A sugary sweet book.
My thoughts: I know I don’t talk about this a lot and it deserves more, because it was such a beautiful story. It has a very cute, fuffly romance, not cringy at all, just the right amount of sugar! And I think it was a cool adding to the story. It also deals with mental health, which was a first to me in a book, and I loved how the author portrait Alex’s schizophrenia. I totally recommend this book!
Alex fights a daily battle to figure out the difference between reality and delusion. Armed with a take-no-prisoners attitude, her camera, a Magic 8-Ball, and her only ally (her little sister), Alex wages a war against her schizophrenia, determined to stay sane long enough to get into college. She’s pretty optimistic about her chances until classes begin, and she runs into Miles. Didn’t she imagine him? Before she knows it, Alex is making friends, going to parties, falling in love, and experiencing all the usual rites of passage for teenagers. But Alex is used to being crazy. She’s not prepared for normal.
ICING. A book that covered every aspect that you love.
My thoughts: First of all, it’s a retelling, and you know how much I love my retellings! Second, I think it’s one of the most unique and different stories I’ve ever read, and honestly that’s quite hard to find sometimes in retellings. The world was so whimsical, and it had that slow burning and angsty romance I love in books! Also it had russian mythology which was surprinsingly really enjoyable to read and know about. And it had one of the most magical and beautiful endings. You know how much I love this book *laughs histerically*.
Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.
So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance.
Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?
SPRINKLES. A book series you can turn to whenever you’re down to make you feel better.
My thoughts: I cannot tell you how many times I’ve re-read this book in the course of the years, but what I will tell you is that I memorize more than half of the book because of it. These books mean so much to me and I’ve lived amazing experiences with them and met a lot of people who loved them as well. Even though right now they aren’t my favourite books, they still have a special place in my heart for all they mean to me, and I’ll probably re-read them this year because… well… I didn’t finish the series (DON’T JUDGE ME I DIDN’T WANT THEM TO END).
PS: Harry Potter would be my second option, indeed.
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…
CHERRY ON TOP. The best book you’ve read so far this year.
My thoughts: I still need to process this because I’ve read soo many great books that I adored so I’m going to leave this blank for now!
What is you favourite cake (like actual cake) and if you could do a cake with books, what books would you choose to make it?
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