OMG guys its such an exciting time!! For those of you that don’t live in Africa and didn’t know: Zambia (my home sweet home!) hosted this year’s U20 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) and last night were the finals and we actually won!!! If you’re from Senegal, sorry your team couldn’t handle our teams incredible prowess, agility and unattainable glory (#I’mJustSayin’) (lol) Anyway in honor of all the crazy fun soccer times, I wanted to spread the love (because nothing brings people together like sports) by listing some of my favorite books that involve some kind of sport.
Before I even begin I just want to squeal a little bit about reaching 300 followers. Gah! Thanks you guys!
Anyways the world’s been abuzz about NASA discovering this new mini solar system that could possibly support life (water, plants, oxygen, the whole shabam!) and its kinda crazy how completely unexpected this news was. If you hadn’t heard this news; thanks for crawling out from under that rock to read my lil ol blog (lol)… Basically the news goes that around a star (40 light years away) named Trappist 1, seven [earth-sized] planets have been discovered and according to current investigations could possible support life. So we’re basically one step away from living in our favorite Sci-Fi novels right? The ones with the cool space ship battles and interplanetary wars (Guardians of the Galaxy, I’m looking at you…).
This is me guys: I create a blog meme then feel lazy to keep up with it (lol)
*Anyway! Life Lessons from Books is a weekly meme created by moi. The meme is intended to poke fun at the little life lessons books are actually teaching us. I hope that makes sense. (If you’re new here just scroll down and you’ll get it!)
This week’s life lesson is:
In case of kidnapping: 1. Make captor fall in love you. 2. DO NOT FALL IN LOVE WITH CAPTOR. (Otherwise death, blood, war, a bit of witchcraft and more death. 3. Escape when convenient (or when captor lets you go because they love you so much).
I bet you saw this one coming: OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon.
*Lessons from Books will appear on my blog every Tuesday (or apparently every Tuesday with a full moon)
If you want to take part in this little meme go for it or comment below about any funny lessons you picked up from books!
Covers are playing a more and more important role in today’s book industry (because who wants an ugly cover staring at them from a bookshelf) so today I’ll be discussing some recently revealed book covers…
*I’ll only be discussing books who’s covers have been released recently.
*This post is 100% non spoilery so don’t fear nerdlings.
*Click the book cover to go to the books goodreads.
THE DARK PROPHECY (The Trials of Apollo #2) by Rick Riordan Release Date: May 2 2017 Rating: ❤❤
Okay I have no idea what’s going on here. The cover for The Hidden Oracle (Book 1) was really pretty, I don’t know what this mess is. Something about the color and the detailing is a turn off. Do you agree?
A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN(ACOTAR #3) by Sarah J. Maas Release Date: May 2 2017 Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤
Excuse me a second… *walks off to scream into a pillow*… Guys I’m freaking out! I’m such a huge fan of the A Court of Thorns and Roses series and seeing the new covers always gets me because they’re always epic. Can I just say I totally knew this one would be green! It’s just so powerful, Feyre looks ready to murder with that wicked looking knife in her hand and the armoured dress!
IRON GOLD by Pierce Brown Release Date: August 22 2017 Rating: ❤❤❤❤
Ok let’s be honest with each other for a sec; I haven’t even finished the Red Rising Trilogy yet 🙈🙈🙊 Hear me out! Red Rising is my favorite book (OF ALL TIME!) so I’m trying to go slow with the series and really enjoy it. Anyway Iron Gold looks epic, white covers always look regal but what’s with the burning feather?
DOWN AMONG THE STICKS AND BONES (Every Heart a Doorway #2) by Seanan McGuire Release Date: June 13 2017 Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤
If you’ve been following me for any amount of time you know I absolutely, a 1000% loved Every Heart a Doorway and it’s cover so it’s no surprise I love this cover too. Its dark and intriguing – as it should be since we’re going to be exploring Jack and Jill’s sinster world. Mad scientists and vampires… So exciting!
THE WISH GRANTER ( Ravenspire #2) by C. J. Redwine Release Day: February 14 2017
Let’s be honest again; I never really liked the first Ravenspire book but I’m willing to give C. J. Redwine another chance because this cover is gorgeous! And the synopsis of the book doesn’t hurt too; a Rumpelstiltskin retelling! Could be really good or really bad…
ROYAL BASTARDS by Andrew Shvarts Release Day: June 6th 2017 Rating: ❤❤❤
Bastards, thrones and magical kindgdoms. (Sound familiar? 😋) Anyway this is one of my most anticipated reads and the cover is really…. underwhelming. I was just expecting more. Anyway it does sound like an interesting read and from what I could glean its mostly about friendship which is great!
THE BURNING WORLD(Warm Bodies #2) by Isaac Marion Release Day: February 7 2017 Rating: ❤❤❤
I’m not even sure when this cover came out exactly because I was too busy squealing over the fact that Warm Bodies HAS A SEQUEL! Like what in the world!?? I read Warm Bodies way back in 2016 (totally loved it!) so I’m dying to read this. Anyway the cover: I love the red and black. Kinda sad to see a burning city in the cover because I thought we had a happy ending in the first book… Oh well…
What are some of your favorite covers/ cover reveals? Let me know in the comments!
Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still.
Sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother. Her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.
This was my first foray into the Shadowhunter world. I was not disappointed. Cassandra Clare’s writing is utterly addictive and I marathoned the whole trilogy in a couple of days.
✨THE BREAK DOWN✨
Book #1: Clockwork Angel
Tessa Grey goes to England in search of her brother. There she discovers shocking secrets about the world [gasp Shadowhunters exist!] and herself.
Solid intro to this new series. I love how C. Clare still took the time to set up the world for those who may not have read the Mortal Instruments (people like me). The pacing may have been a little slow but the budding love triangle just about killed me with frustration. Ugh!
Pages: 448 Rating: ★★★☆☆
Book #2: Clockwork Prince
With the help of her new shadowhunter friends, Tessa Grey discovers even more shocking secrets all the while going through a serious identity crisis.
Omg the plot literally thickens! (lol) As book two steams ahead more mysteries and plot twists are introduced to the story, making this a fantastic sequel. Was still very much annoyed by the love triangle which at this point was practically a living breathing thing yelling in my ear.
Pages: 508 Rating: ★★★★☆
Book #3: Clockwork Princess [aka the book that destroyed me]
The clock is ticking. Everyone must choose. Passion. Power. Secrets. Enchantment. Danger closes in around the Shadowhunters (all the while the world’s greatest love triangle is played out!)
I can’t even.
Pages: 568 Rating: ★★★★★
The Infernal Devices
The very first thing I that comes to mind when I think of these books is: Love Triangles. Usually they’re frustrating as hell, and it this one started out that way but as the series neared the end this one just blew my mind!
The start of the series was a little dull but I acredited that with the author setting up the story and the world. 1880s London is such a wonderful setting but the details of the world really impressed me. Cassandra Clare is an amazing world builder, she took this time period and somehow made it her own which is an incredible skill.
Getting into the second book the writing and story gets marginally better but the Will-Tessa-Jem love triangle still grates on the nerves a bit. Aside from that the pacing picks up as the gang tries to solve the mystery of Tessa and Mortmain and the Infernal Devices.
In the last book I finally come to terms with the fact that the Will-Tessa-Jem triangle would last till the end of the series. So it was about time to get over that and just enjoy the story. At first I was convinced Clockwork Princess wouldn’t affect me emotionally because I couldn’t seem to buy into the angst but then, like a brick wall slamming into me I broke.
This book broke me so hard and put me back together. I don’t even know how it happened. One minute I was fine and the next I was a crying, blubbering mess.
To be honest the third book just completed the entire series for me. It was just such a satisfying finale, I wouldn’t have changed a single thing. It was almost too perfect the way everything wrapped up but I’m not complaining!
I’m not sure if Im ready to tackle The Mortal Instruments yet. Someday I probably will because I know at some point the two series imterwieve and then merge into Lady Midnight. It all seems so cool but 6 (?) book series is pretty intimidating…