The Red Scrolls of Magic

‘If Alec’s feelings did not last, Magnus at least wanted this trip to be a good memory.’

Book 1 in The Eldest Curses Series

Authors: Cassie Clare & Wesley Chu

Genres: Awesome, YA, Supernatural, Shadowhunter, Magic, Fantasy, LGBTQ+, Drama, Vacation

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Finally, but how I wished it would continue.

Hello, dearies! ๐Ÿ˜

Because when in doubt or in a reading slump turn to the shadow world, and they will make your life better. Lighter. Heart throbbing. Beautifully well-written, better.

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The Nothing Man: Review?

โ€œFiction only really worked if it was built like a lattice through which you were repeatedly offered glimpses of absolute truth.โ€

Author: Catherine Ryan Howard 

Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Adult, Suspense

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Hello, dearies! ๐Ÿ“

Here’s another I wouldn’t have picked up from a shelf on a trip to the bookstore, yet I read it.

The Nothing Man is one of those books that didn’t have my full attention until about sixty per cent of it was already behind me.

I could have left it on the side, I could have stopped reading long before that half mark, but I pushed on, and I am sorry for those who are fans, but it didn’t amount to much at the end.

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About Authors and Descriptions in Books

What happens when we read?

Hello, dearies!

Well, this one is a bit of a random but related to books, so not so much.

I saw online this comment about how authors write something and people (readers) criticise them for it, they even go as far as to make campaigns or whatever against authors, just because they didn’t like something in a book. A description, a cliche, or anything that the author decided was to be that way, but why go to such lengths as to try to make other readers ban the book or try that that writer never touches a keyboard again?

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Let me give you some context from my particular experience.

When an author wants to include Spanish words or talks about someone being Latino, I find it funny most of the time because it looks forced to me, and sometimes think that they have no right to try to describe a situation they’re not quite knowledgeable in, or perhaps I’m wrong and they saw it that way growing up. So I just let those slide as a Latin American person, even if at times, I find something offensive or ridiculous, I’m not going to leave a trashy review or offend the author because I don’t know why the author decided to portray a character or scene in that way, and I could make a mistake at some point without meaning it.

It’s difficult to sit down and finish a book, it’s even more difficult to publish it. I am going to go out of my way and say that no matter if you’re an indie author or an author with a contract in a publishing house, it’s the same kind of feeling of how will they take it? Of course, as an Indie Author, in my particular case, I publish and let it be because I have no fame whatsoever, and as far as I know, people read and don’t leave reviews or leave poor reviews because they don’t like it, and that’s fine. Not all books are for everyone.

My point is, don’t trash an author that you don’t like and try to get people behind you to do the same, what if that person, yes there’s a person behind those words you don’t like, what if they lived a strange life and decided they wanted to write their own experience? Or maybe they decided to write whatever came to mind and didn’t feel like investigating a lot, or they did and still decided to write a story from their own point of view, couldn’t that be the case? We don’t know what a person is going through or went through, in my case, if I don’t like a book, I’m not going to leave a 1-star review or say don’t read it, it’s horrible. I simply move on with my life and pick up another read, and I rather not leave a review at all. Although I may not finish a book that I don’t like after fifty per cent or less, I’ll just stop reading.

I just wanted to share some of my thoughts on this one. Sorry about the sort of random post.

As always, thank you for reading to the end, and for a book review, you can check the main site or under Reviews by Genre and find all the goods over there.

Happy reading!

Friday Flashback: Eclipse

โ€œI coveted you. I had no right to want you–but I reached out and took you anyway. And now look what’s become of you! Trying to seduce a vampire.โ€

Happy Friday, dearies! ๐Ÿ“š

Here we are once more. A new Friday, a new Flashback.

And a random one for this Friday’s Flashback. ๐Ÿง›

I just thought, why not? Eclipse, book #3 in the Twilight Series, was one of my favourites, and I re-read it so many times (back then) that I wore it out and on the outside it stopped looking new, meaning it’s well-used now. ๐Ÿ˜„

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Quick fun fact about House of the Dragon

So, what about Hightower?

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You know what’s funny about House of the Dragon storyline and promo is that they say, return to Westeros and meet the history of Targaryen and Hightower, like fans of the show will hardly know what you’re referring to with Hightower, they scratched the surface with that house.

I bet not even half of those who watched the show would even be able to say, ah yes I know that house.

And no, the one you’re probably thinking about is the Tyrells, who are from Highgarden.  

In the books, of course, we know a lot more about them like the fact that Margery Tyrell’s mother was (is?) from Hightower.

Fact

House Hightower of the Hightower is one of the most powerful of the noble houses in the Reach. Their seat is the Hightower, located in the city of Oldtown. The sigil of House Hightower is a stone white watchtower, with a fire on the top.

So, yes, just a fun fact for everyone out there, I saw a promo vid for House of the Dragon and thought, huh, do they even know?

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I’m currently reading Fire and Blood, and it’s interesting, to say the least, I hope to finish it before the show is out, but as most of George R. R. Martin’s books are a thousand million pages long, then that remains to be seen if I’ll finish quickly or not.

I’ll keep you posted and look for the review on it.

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Thank you for stopping by, dearies! ๐Ÿฐ

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder

โ€œThe people you love werenโ€™t algebra: to be calculated, subtracted, or held at armโ€™s length across a decimal point.โ€

Book: A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder

Version: UK

Series: A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder #1

Author: Holly Jackson

Genre: Mystery, Young Adult, Thriller

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Hello, dearies!

Here’s another that I didn’t think I would create or read, but life has its turns and here we are.

I enjoyed Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, even when the YA part got a little exaggerated and I was fighting with the main character out aloud alone in my room.

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Do you really have to pay for books?

I don’t usually discuss this, but it happens and continues because half (more?) of people don’t seem to realise the work that authors put into it.

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Erm yes, obviously. Sorry to disappoint all the people on twitter saying that if they didnโ€™t like a book they shouldnโ€™t have to pay for it. Even if you didnโ€™t like a book- or indeed didnโ€™t finish it- you still should pay for it. Itโ€™s simply awful to return a half-read book to a bookshop. Itโ€™s like returning a half-eaten ham sandwich to Tescos because you got halfway through and realised you wanted cheese instead.

But the point of this post is not to shame thieves people on social media who donโ€™t want to pay for things they buy (okay maybe it is a little) but to offer another alternative to things you can do instead of stealing books:

  • Use the library
  • Go for a walk
  • Talk to your friends online
  • Basically anything- no one forced you to buy that book.

People really donโ€™t seem to get the damage thatโ€ฆ

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Horimiya

‘Kyoko Hori is a bright and popular high school student, in contrast to her classmate Izumi Miyamura, a gloomy and seemingly nerdy boy.’

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(Horimiya)
by Hero, Daisuke Hagiwara (Artist)

A lovely one.

One of the first reviews I start with a one-liner I know already. ๐Ÿ˜„

Hello, dearies! ๐Ÿ’–

Horimiya is one of those that I first watched the anime then read the manga, but it’s alright, you can do it like that as well, there’s not much difference in the story, except for the ending of the Manga, that’s a plus for us readers.

I’ll jump right in.

Bit of a spoiler if you don’t know about Horimiya, so be aware.

I really liked and enjoyed reading this one, the whole emo-looking guy act was the hook, but afterwards, it grew on me even if that main tidbit it’s not the main thing throughout the story.

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But what I really wanted to know with this one after watching the anime, and one of the reasons why I read the manga, is how it would end between Hori y Miyamura, just how their relationship would truly develop, and the other one I wanted more of was Yuki and Tooru, but not all my questions were answered there, just for the main ones though it was kind of a no-brainer that it’d go to a sort of happy ever after.

It took me some time to finish it, but I think it was because the Anime tried hard to stay true to the story and not stray too much as most adaptations do, examples? Card Captor Sakura, Junjou Romantica, or Sekaiichi Hatsukoi. Watch 2 episodes of those and then read the first volumes of the manga, and you’ll agree with me.

Though I know that it was first self-published on Hero’s website.

Back to Horimiya, is the story just as straightforward as the description gives it, as such:

Kyouko Hori is a popular high school girl, who, despite her ostentatious appearance, excels in academics, has a family-loving character and is a completely different person outside of school. One day, Hori meets someone else who also does not present his true self at school; her quiet, glasses-wearing classmate, Izumi Miyamura.

So, from that, you might go, meh, but you only have to watch episode 1 or read chapter 1 of the manga, and you’ll be into the story.

Izumi Miyamura

Recommended? Yes, I do. I think it’s one of those reads that you’ll have a fun time with, and you’ll be looking forward to each chapter eagerly.

That’s it for now, dearies! This one was one of my rambling ones but I hope you will pick a copy of Horimiya and/or share your thoughts once you have read it.

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I’ll try to post more this month, I’m sorry the past few months have been so yes-no, new-silence.

As usual, thank you for sticking to the end and reading this manga review, if you’d like me to recommend others, you can reach me on my social media. ๐Ÿ’Œ๐Ÿ“ฒ

Happy Reading! ๐Ÿ“–

New eBook Summer/Winter Sale on Smashwords 2022

Books Deals a plenty at Smashwords for this July 2022.

Hello, dearies! โ›ฑ๏ธโ„๏ธ

Hope your weekend was great! I have been a little off the grid I know, but it’s been a difficult couple of months.

Now, I wanted to share Smashwords’ newest sales, this time for Summer/Winter time. The Sale Dates: July 1 – July 31, 2022. So it’s almost done, but it doesn’t mean you cannot find great deals still.

You’re probably thinking that I work for Smashwords or something, but that’s not it, I just like how they always have sales, and you can self-publish your books with a few instructions, which I have done.

So, what sort of sales or deals are we talking about? Well, you can get books that are 25% off, 50% off, 75% off, or for FREE. Yes, #freebooks, I know! But supporting authors can also come in the form of getting one of those books that are 75% off at least and will still be a great deal, something to consider. ๐Ÿ™‚

I don’t have a list of book suggestions this time, but you can find all eBooks on sale here.

2022 smashwords deals july

Also, if you’re an aspiring writer and would like to try your hand at self-publishing but don’t know how Smashwords work, you can ask me for sure.

Thank you for stopping by today and reading this quick one, I know it’s my usual one, but I wanted to mention the deals for this Summer/Winter sale.

That’s it for now, don’t forget to visit my social media as well or follow the blog for more. ๐Ÿ’ž

Happy Reading! ๐Ÿ“š