The secret life of a book blogger tag

The secret life of a book blogger tag

I found this tag over on the biliophilegirluk and was tagged by ClisteBella for this tag as well!

 

So let’s get right into it!

 

How Long Have You Been A Blogger?

By the time this post comes out, I would have been blogging for 10 months!

 

At what point do you think you will stop?

I’m not sure, but if I can, I wouldn’t want to stop! I’ve met so many great people here!

 

What is the best part?

Knowing that my reviews or book recommendations have at least made one other person pick up the book, I know that my job is done!

 

What is the worst part?

Getting mean comments and the time it takes to maintain a bookstagram and book blog

;( Also, being an international blogger and not being able to get a lot of physical ARCs AND coming from a country that barely reads (Singapore), so no one understands my addiction to reading.

 

How long does it take you to find/create pictures to use?

Pretty quick! I usually use gifs or just combine book covers from a series using a layout app online.

 

Who’s your book crush?

It has to be Daemon from the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout

 

What author would you like to have on your blog?

Marissa Meyer! I’ve been following her works ever since Cinder first came out ( I was into the Lunar Chronicles even before the hype came in) and I really like her writing style! I also would love to have Erin Watt, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Megan Shepherd and Anna Banks! If I meet any of them in real life I would literally melt into a puddle right there.

 

What do you wear when you write your blog?

I’m probably wearing my home clothes since I’ve been at home for who knows how long now.

 

How long does it take you to prepare a post?

I take about 20 minutes to write a book review, but for special posts like my Chinese New Year post, I took about 2-3 days since I had to research some of the stuff and get pictures and do a ton of writing.

 

How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture?

I LOVE IT! Everyone is so supportive and understanding! Everyone is also so open minded and the teamwork is so strong!

 

What do you think one should do to have a successful blog?

The numbers don’t matter, as long as you keep doing what you enjoy doing, I think people will catch on and join in. Also, I think it’s good to be versatile, like not only talk about books, but talk about maybe movies or photography or even fashion!

 

 

Thanks for reading this book tag and feel free to join in if you want to! Let me know how your answers would differ in the comments down below!

Book review: Chasing Power by Sarah Beth Durst (Did not finish)

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Title: Chasing Power

Authors: Sarah Beth Durst

Format: Hardcover (Library book)

Genre: YA, Romance, Fantasy

Rating: Did not finish

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads) 

Lies, secrets, and magic — three things that define Kayla’s life.

Sixteen-year-old Kayla plans to spend her summer hanging out on the beach in Santa Barbara and stealing whatever she wants, whenever she wants it. Born with the ability to move things with her mind — things like credit cards, diamond rings, and buttons on cash registers — she has become a master shoplifter. She steals to build up a safety net, enough money for her and her mom to be able to flee if her dad finds them again. Well, that, and the thrill of using her secret talents.

But her summer plans change when she’s caught stealing by a boy named Daniel — a boy who needs her help and is willing to blackmail her to get it. Daniel has a talent of his own. He can teleport, appearing anywhere in the world in an instant, but he lies as easily as he travels. Together, they embark on a quest to find and steal an ancient incantation, written on three indestructible stones and hidden millennia ago, all to rescue Daniel’s kidnapped mother. But Kayla has no idea that this rescue mission will lead back to her own family — and to betrayals that she may not be able to forgive… or survive.

(Review)

(DISCLAIMER: This review is based on my opinion only and may contain coarse language)

Kayla is born with Telekinesis powers and thanks to that, she can shoplift easily. Until she is caught by a boy named Daniel and he needs her help. He blackmails her and has the ability to teleport wherever he wants.

I really liked the concept of the book, but couldn’t continue reading past chapter 5. I might try again another time.

I have read Sarah Beth Durst’s books quite a few times and actually enjoyed the other 2 books, but maybe I haven’t given this book a big enough shot to impress me. So I will definitely give this book another chance in the future.

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

If you are interested in purchasing the book, do check out my affiliate link here: http://www.bookdepository.com/?a_aid=Firstbooklove

The Ultimate Book Tag

The Ultimate Book Tag

This tag requires you to answer the questions and tag two other bloggers. This tag was created by somebody. I found this tag over on BookLovingNut  .

1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?
Yes ;(

2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?
Marissa Meyer! I love how she gives life to her characters and story.

3. Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.
I’ve never read Harry Potter Series (but have watched all the movies) and I’ve only read the first book of the Twilight Saga (But watched all the movies). My choice would be the Harry Potter series! The world building was great, the character arcs are good, and the entire series is so magical and inspirational.

4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is it in (besides books…)?
Yes, my earpiece, tissues, a small pouch containing emergency items and my phone!

5. Do you smell your books?
Yes, I even smell library books sometimes.

6. Books with or without little illustrations?
With.

7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?

I don’t re-read books, so I don’t have any in mind right now.

8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!
Once, I went to Australia for a school trip and I bought a book with an interesting cover (I was probably 11 at that time and didn’t know it was more of an adult book so I was in for the shock of my life when I read the book😂 I think the book is Archangel’s Kiss by Nalini Singh (The cover has archangel wings – I probably bought it because of that).

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9. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?
My Miraculous Ladybug comic book.

10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?
Winter by Marissa Meyer

11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?
Yes! I really hope so but I think I don’t write really well though 😦

12. When did you get into reading?
I got into it once when I was 14 and went back at it when I was around 20.

13. What is your favorite classic book?
None, I don’t read classic books.

14. In school was your best subject Language Arts/English?
Yes, along with science.

15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated…what would you do?
I would give it away to someone I know who would enjoy the book.

16. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?
None. All book series are different in their own ways although they may have similarities.

17. What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while blogging?
Being too lazy and let my book reviews pile up before writing them.

18. What is your favorite word?
Books!

19. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?
Nerd

20. Vampires or Fairies? Why?
Vampires! Well, I just like them better.

21. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?
Angels, because I like them.

22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?
Werefoxes! I’m too scared of spirits

23. Zombies or Vampires?
Vampires, but that’s the 2nd time that vampires have been repeated.

24. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love
I like both, only if the love triangle is done right, but I would chose Forbidden Love.

25. AND FINALLY: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?
Full on romance books! I’m a hopeless romantic at heart.

 

I’m too lazy to tag people so feel free to tag yourselves if you would like to try out this book tag! How would your answers differ from mine? Let me know in the comments down below!

Book review: The Shadow Prince (Into the Dark #1) by Bree Despain (2.5 stars)

“Only ruin lies in wait for those who disobey the words of fate.”

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Title: The Shadow Prince (Into the dark #1)

Authors: Bree Despain

Format: Hardcover (Library book)

Genre: YA, Romance, Urban Fantasy

Rating: 2.5/5 stars

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads) 

Haden Lord, the disgraced prince of the Underrealm, has been sent to the mortal world to entice a girl into returning with him to the land of the dead. Posing as a student at Olympus Hills High—a haven for children of the rich and famous—Haden must single out the one girl rumored to be able to restore immortality to his race.

Daphne Raines has dreams much bigger than her tiny southern Utah town, so when her rock star dad suddenly reappears, offering her full tuition to Olympus Hills High’s prestigious music program, she sees an opportunity to catch the break she needs to make it as a singer. But upon moving into her estranged father’s mansion in California, and attending her glamorous new school, Daphne soon realizes she isn’t the only student in Olympus who doesn’t quite belong.

Haden and Daphne—destined for each other—know nothing of the true stakes their fated courtship entails.  As war between the gods brews, the teenagers’ lives collide. But Daphne won’t be wooed easily and when it seems their prophesied link could happen, Haden realizes something he never intended—he’s fallen in love. Now to save themselves, Haden and Daphne must rewrite their destinies. But as their destinies change, so do the fates of both their worlds.

A pulsating romance of epic proportions, Bree Despain’s The Shadow Prince will leave her fans breathless for the next book in the Into The Dark series.

(Review)

(DISCLAIMER: This review is based on my opinion only and may contain coarse language)

Haden Lord is chosen to be the champion by the oracle although he is a disgraced prince of the underrealm. His mission is to bring back Daphne; who is rumored to be able to solve all his problems and restore his honour. Daphne’s life is changed when her always absent rock star dad returns and claims that she can enrol in Olympus Hills High’s music program.

I really disliked Rowan and how cruel he is. And he really feels inferior to others.

I love the way the dual POV was done for both Daphne and Haden’s POV. The world building was not bad, but I was actually hoping for more Greek Mythology references. I also did feel that there were too many subplots going on and it made the story pretty confusing.

Imagine the Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout with Greek Mythology infused instead, this is what The Shadow Prince is about.

I definitely felt that Haden’s backstory is like Zuko from The Last Airbender (And I think I wasn’t the only one).

Unfortunately, I wasn’t emotionally connected with the stories or characters and have decided not to complete the series.

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

If you are interested in purchasing the book, do check out my affiliate link here: http://www.bookdepository.com/?a_aid=Firstbooklove

Book review: Long Live Dead Reckless (Long Live Dead Reckless #1) by Safari Spell (2 stars)

(I received a free review copy in exchange for an honest review from the Xpresso Book Tours.)

“The daughter of the King is only strongest at her weakest.”

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Title: Long Live Dead Reckless (Long Live Dead Reckless #1)

Authors: Safari Spell

Format: kindle (Review copy)

Genre: Adult, Romance, Paranormal

Rating: 2/5 stars

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads) 

Talor Gardin may be a princess, but her life is no fairy tale. A year ago, her mother died and her father burned down their house. Now her father’s in and out of a mental ward and she’s working a minimum wage job to finish her last semester of college. To make matters worse, her wrist itches every time a guy makes a move on her. The itch could be anything, really: a desire to escape her haunted hometown, a financial windfall, the name of some vampire…or all the above.

Whatever the reason, she thinks the answers are written in the freckle constellations of her cute new coworker, Sage Talis. Sage is the quiet, polite type with plenty of secrets – like fangs and a price on his head – and Talor can’t figure out what makes him so irresistible until she hears him sing. But when cryptic letters appear on her wrist, Talor is thrust into a world where creatures lurk just below the skin, strangers keep calling her a princess, and everything she’s been through is nothing compared to what’s coming.

(Review)

(DISCLAIMER: This review is based on my opinion only and may contain coarse language)

After finding out this was a vampire book, my expectations were pretty high!

Talor is working a minimum wage job where she meets the quiet and polite Sage. A year ago, her mother died and her father is frequently in and out of a mental ward. When weird letters appear on her wrist, she is thrust into a world were vampires are real, and they keep calling her princess.

To be honest, I wasn’t a fan of the writing style of the book. BUT, the comedy was really well timed! The pacing was on the slow side and personally, I wasn’t a fan of Talor’s character. The concept was great, but unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy this book. For me, the world building was slightly lacking.

Imagine Twilight by Stephanie Meyer combined with the Vampire Knight manga by  Matsuri Hino. It also reminded me of the sweet series by Wendy Higgins.

Sage covering for Talor was so cute, Sage is such a nice guy. Everyone seems to be keeping something from Talor.

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

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