Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Holiday Hiatus Announcement !!

I'm writing this post, surrounded by clothes and books strewn around my room as I've been packing (in a very organised fashion obviously) for my holiday. Because exams are OVER and I'M GOING ON HOLIDAY!
For 3 weeks I will be abroad, soaking up the sun and lack of school. Almost immediately after is London Film and Comic Con with YALC.

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Unboxing & Review: My Bookish Crate

I'm so thrilled to be bringing you my first subscription unboxing, from a new business that has already become a favourite! My Bookish Crate is a bi-monthly book subscription box based in the UK that's both affordable and amazing <3 (the two best things you could ask for)

Last month I was honoured to have had the chance for necklaces from my shop Enchanted Bottle Craft included in their May box. The theme was 'Make a Wish' and it was actually a hope of mine to be involved in a subscription box, so what better place?!

Friday, 27 May 2016

2nd Blogversary & Giveaway (INT)

Just like last year, I planned a giveaway for weeks and then wrote the actual blogversary post the day of... It worked out in the end!

So, as you might have guessed, today is Enchanted by YA's second anniversary!!

Monday, 16 May 2016

ARC Review: The Crown's Game (The Crown's Game #1) by Evelyn Skye

26156203Goodreads Synopsis:
Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love... or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear... the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

Friday, 13 May 2016

Feature & Follow Friday (5): Blurbs that Hook You

Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee & Alison Can Read. The goal of this blog hop is to gain followers, discover new blogs, and make new friends! For more details visit their sites.

This Week's Prompt: Ten Book Blurbs That Got You Hooked

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Audiobook Reviews & Discussion

Lately I've been listening to quite a few audiobooks and I've come to the conclusion, that I might just be more of a picky listener than a picky reader.

I gave the last 5 I listened to all 2 stars. I don't even remember the last time I gave such a low rating to a book (though it was probably at the beginning of the year or something... *she says remembering The Graveyard Book in February*)

thumbs down no big bang theory disagree
At first I thought the books simply weren't for me but the more I thought about it, other factors popped up:
·        Sometimes the voice doesn’t fit the character, or other characters when it changes. This includes when they try accents that sound over-exaggerated or obviously false.
·        Tropes, clich├ęs, word choices etc. are more noticeable and while I don’t understand why, it can put me off.
·        Even sped up, they’re loooong. It’s a commitment. So if the other elements don’t work, that’s a lot of time spent on something you’re not loving.

That said, it still falls down to the book. If I wouldn’t have enjoyed reading it, I also wouldn’t enjoy listening to it.

21847057Crystal Magic (Clearwater Witches #1) by Madeline Freeman
If you enjoy being able to predict every plot, character and word before it happens because the book consists of every YA trope you can think of (*ticking off fingers* love triangle, 'the chosen one', new town, dead parents, mysterious boy, mean girl, school dance *runs out of fingers*) then this is the book for you! Me, I'll pass.

Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles #1) by Kresley Cole
Did not finish at 10%
I haven't even made it to the apocalyptic event but I can't bring myself to listen to any more.
Somehow I don't remember signing up for an unnecessarily creepy prologue with seemingly nothing to do with the story, which is in fact about a self-obsessed 'everything is about me' girl with a terrible choice of friends that that rubs me up the wrong way.
Perhaps I haven't given it a fair chance, usually I would go longer before putting a book down for good, but unless someone tells me I'm making a huge mistake, I feel no regret over abandoning this book with the statement that it is not for me.

Are you a fan of audiobooks? Have you experienced anything I've mentioned? I'd love to know!

Saturday, 30 April 2016

April Wrap Up aka Regrouping After the Busy Month

So April is over... That happened quick! My days were spent inside different caves:

Writing aka words have taken my soul
Last minute (as everything is with me *looks at how I decided to participate in NaNoWriMo the morning of*) I joined my friend's cabin in Camp NaNo. From there I set a 30K word count goal and proceeded to hit 50K, finishing the first draft of my WIP o.O now that is a feeling I want to bottle up and keep!

Speaking of which... Enchanted Bottle Craft aka people actually like my creations
I should have known that starting up a shop would take up a lot of time but I vastly underestimated how much XD there's the designing, creating, photographing, listing, selling, shipping, promoting... *wipes brow* it's so much fun! Exhausting but rewarding.

Blogging aka the lovely part of the internet
I freely admit that I've neglected the blogosphere a little. It's only when I emerge like a hermit from one of my caves that I can remind people I exist and check in with them. However I did get some posts out there:
Author Interview: Chris Cannon
WWW: Sleep and Book Deprived
Review: Life and Death, Twilight Reimagining by Stephenie Meyer

School aka s***
We'll just skip this one. Perhaps if I ignore it long enough it will go away? ;)

Life aka not social
It was my birthday! I celebrated with cake, naturally, and Game of Thrones. Not at the same time because my weak stomach could not have handled a certain death ahah. Also, I am hosting a giveaway for you! And who doesn't want to win a free signed book?

Reading aka the perfect distraction
With a grand total of 7 books I haven't read this little in a while.
Daughters of Ruin by K.D. Castner - A rich tale of betrayal and courtly relationships between four Queens from warring countries. I did have some problems with it (which drove me crazy!) but overall a pleasant read. 3 STARS review
Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan - This book shot straight to my favourites list. I cried... so much... You need to read it! 5 STARS review
Shade (Shade #1) by Jeri Smith Ready - I actually forgot I read this, it was that memorable. A great concept with kids being able to see ghosts but with a heavy focus on an unremarkable relationship I feel blase about it. 2 STARS
Struck (Struck #1) by Jennifer Bosworth - Another forgettable one. It went in a direction I didn't enjoy with a religious aspect I didn't see coming which took away from another interesting concept of a girl addicted to lightning. 2 STARS
The Island (The Island #1) by S. Usher Evans - Everything I could ask for! A love-to-hate slow-burning romance and characters colliding because of warring nations. Safe to say I'm excited for more. 5 STARS review
Ren: God's Little Monster (Ren Series #2) by Sarah Noffke - Bloody brilliant. If you haven't read any of Noffke's books you really should! 5 STARS
Crystal Magic (Clearwater Witches #1) by Madeline Freeman - A mass of every YA trope you can think of. Not for me. 2 STARS

I hope you all had a great month! I'd love to hear some of things you've been doing/reading :)

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Birthday Giveaway! Signed Hardback of The Bone Season

If you hadn't guessed...
Or at least, tomorrow is XD however my family has re-designated it 'Game of Thrones Day' because the new season will be airing over here and we have our priorities!

So today I will be celebrating with cake (naturally) and going to the movies. Also making reading a priority and not doing any work. So basically it's a level up from my regular day ;)

In this post I thought about doing 16 things I learned by 16 but 1, it'll either be coming from a cyborg or sappy person and 2, I might not be able to come up with soooo many things. Really, the one lesson which has stayed with me is that health and happiness is the most important thing, above grades. There have been times where I haven't had either, (I'm definitely still struggling with the latter) and sometimes good grades will help in that regard but in my own, personal, life, I need to stop letting them override and deteriorate the other things. And look at that - I went sappy!

So now I have the real reason you opened this post - the giveaway. It's UK only, however I do have more planned including specials from my etsy shop Enchanted Bottle Craft and lots of swag, so keep an eye out for those :D
Today you can win a signed hardback copy of The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. Good Luck!