review; pacific rim

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Pacific Rim: The Official Movie Novelization
by Alex Irvine

The official novelization of the sci-fi blockbuster Pacific Rim from visionary director Guillermo del Toro!

When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju.

On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes-a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)-who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.

“I wanted to make not a war movie, but an adventure movie, with a huge, romantic sense of adventure, a sense of grandeur, and operatic battles…” – Guillermo Del Toro

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the mid-year freakout book tag;

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It has been forever since I have been on my blog – writing and reading slumps are the absolute WORST – but I come back and find out I’ve been tagged to do The Mid-Year Freakout Book Tag by Jess @ JBelkBooks? OHEMGEE.

This? Will be fun.

I haven’t read a lot of books this year. A grand total of six so far. So I’m gonna cheat, a little, and bring in books I’ve read last year too? Okay? Okay.

Let’s get to it!

Best Book You’ve Read Yet in 2016

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff. Hands down. I still cannot get over it. At all. I don’t think I ever will.

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Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2016

Oh man. I have a hard time choosing between Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman & Megan Spooner, and Winter by Marissa Meyer. Both the ends of their respective series. Both so great. Can I go with both? I’m gonna go with both.

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New Release That You Want To Read But Haven’t Yet

I AM CRYING BECAUSE THERE ARE SO MANY AND I CANNOT FIND THEM ANYWHERE NEAR ME. I’m probably going to wind up ordering them online. My top two, at the moment, are The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater, and The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi.

Most Anticipated Release For the Second Half of the Year

GEMINA BY AMIE KAUFMAN & JAY KRISTOFF. THAT IS PRETTY MUCH IT.

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Biggest Disappointment

I didn’t finish my biggest disappointment of the year, I think. The books I did complete, I enjoyed. So I’ll have to go with Thief Of Lies by Brenda Drake, which I abandoned a few chapters in. The premise seemed promising, but something about the execution was just lacking to me. I might eventually try it again, though.

Biggest Surprise

It’s a toss up between The Chaos Of Stars by Kiersten White, which I just completed, and The Skylark Series by Meagan Spooner, which I read earlier this year. Shadowlark (and subsequently, Lark Ascending) kept me more captivated than I had honestly expected.

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Favorite New Author

Um. Going by this year? I really enjoyed Jay Kristoff’s writing. It meshed well with Amie Kaufman’s. But also, Kiersten White. It was a breeze and a joy to read her novel so.

Newest Fictional Crush

Ry. Oh man. Ry. I really, really liked him. His whole thing with Isadora was so wonderful. Also Gideon, because smart and so many layers.

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Newest Favorite Character

WHY ARE YOU MAKING ME CHOOSE NOPE I REFUSE I ABSOLUTELY REFUSE. I love them all. At least, there are none I can think of that I actively hate.

Book That Made You Cry + Book That Made You Happy

I don’t know about cry, but Illuminae definitely had me gaping, and fighting the urge to throw the book across the room because of all the emotions. Happy is simple. Happy is The Chaos Of Stars. There was just something about it.

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Favorite Book to Film Adaptation

I don’t think I’ve seen many of these this year. But of all time, I’m going to have to go with Stardust by Neil Gaiman, actually. Or The Princess Bride by William Goldman. Granted, I’ve not read Stardust (yet), but I do adore the movie. (I’m going to admit that I’ve done recasts for these movies because I want them to adapt it again. Same script is fine, just with new animation and actors.)

Most Beautiful Book You Bought This Year

I honestly cannot remember what books I’ve bought this year. I don’t think I have bought any this year. I bought a few last year…

What Books Do You Need to Read By the End of the Year

Besides the three I mentioned above, I’m going to say End Of Days by Susan Ee, Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray, and Lost Stars by Claudia Gray. All of which I own, but haven’t read yet. Oops?

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Oh hey, I managed to keep most of my answers to the (six) books I read this year. Go me!

I’m going to tag a few people here –
Rayna @ Reader Rayna
Mary @ Books And Cookies
Ali @ The Bandar Blog

If you’re interested in doing this, feel free to! Also feel free to link me to your posts. I would LOVE to read them.

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review; truthwitch

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Truthwitch
by Susan Dennard

In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.

Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.

Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.

In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

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the liebster award;

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I was recently – and by recently I mean quite a while back, this is what happens when you take an impromptu hiatus – nominated for a Liebster Award! I will be honest, I have no idea what Ali @ The Bander Blog was thinking, but I really appreciate it. Definitely very flattered.

For the uninitiated, the Liebster Award is a chain-award that bloggers pass along to each other to highlight other blogs and allows us to get to know one another better. I will admit, I had to look it up when I was tagged, but once I did? So onboard!

And still so flattered, so thank you, Ali!

Basically, Ali got questions from the blogger that tagged her, and then she framed her own questions and tagged me, and I shall answer those and ask my own questions and tag a few blogs! Simple, right?

Ali’s questions? Very interesting. Her premise is that I’m in a sitcom and surrounded by book characters and bookish things, and I’m going to answer her questions based on that.

Let’s do this!

1. Where in the bookish world is your hangout? I’m talking specific (for example: The Gryffindor common room)!
Hmmm… I’m gonna go with The Three Broomsticks? Because food and drinks in Hogsmeade you guys.

2. Who is the roommate you’re best friends with? (example: Harry Potter)
SIMON LEWIS.

3. Who is the roommate you tolerate but gets on your nerves?
Probably Elena Gilbert.

4. Who or what is the pet you all take care of together?
Um. Snuffles?

5. Who is your pesky neighbor (this should probably be a villain from a book)?
Levana.

6. Who is your main love interest?
!!!!! I’m going to go with Lilac.

7. Who is the other person you like a lot, think is really cute, but just isn’t your one true love? This is probably the character that turns your love story from #6 into a love triangle.
…Tarver.

8. Who is the comic relief?
A tie between Simon and Ron Weasley.

9. In the season finale, what ex turns up from your past life and unexpectedly disrupts everything?
I’m going to go with Lark Ainsley.

10. In the series finale, what happens to you?!
I help a runaway bride escape with her maid of honour???

Whew, okay, that was fun.

Now, onto my 10 questions!

  1. What quote best describes you at this moment?
  2. What is the first quote you can think of right now?
  3. If you had to choose between reading your favourite book over and over but never reading a new book, or only reading new books and never reading your favourite book again, which would you choose?
  4. Which book would you have to have with you if you were stranded somewhere?
  5. Name 4 characters you would want to plan a heist with.
  6. Name 4 characters you would want to live with.
  7. You are now stuck with the 4 characters from question 5 on a deserted island. How do you all survive?
  8. You are stuck in a horror movie style situation with the 4 characters from 6. Who is the first to die? Who survives?
  9. Which character from (one of) your favourite book(s) would you never want to meet?
  10. What is the plot of your ideal book which you haven’t read yet?

I am nominating the following blogs. Feel free to answer the questions if you’re not too busy!

Jess @ JBelkBooks
Mary @ Books And Cookies
Rayna @ Reader Rayna

Even if I haven’t tagged you, and you’re interested in doing this, go right ahead! And link me below? Thanks, my dears.

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