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Vision Board – PUB 201

This is a vision board I’ve created to display what I’m hoping to present this semester in PUB 201. It shows what my blog is about, which is books, but also represents some of the new components I’m hoping to add to my blog as I start to look at it as a professional space.

There are some pictures of books and fantasy-related images, since this blog is heavily based on my reviewing and talking about books I’m reading, which are often fantasy books. It also shows a lot of writing and scraps of written work, because I’ve recently gotten into writing my own book, which I’ll probably talk about in some posts. I also currently have a book club running with three of my close friends, and I’m thinking of potentially including some podcasts on my blog in which we talk about the books we’re reading.

Looking forward to this semester!

I lied: A TikTok Post

So I know I said I wasn’t going to make another TikTok, but I definitely did. It started with me wanting to make myself a live Cedric Diggory wallpaper, and then suddenly I was making a bunch of them, plus some Harry Potter edits. Anyways, I made one and it kind of blew up, and I wanted to share it here! 🙂

The Christmas Song Book Tag

Hi all! Today I’m going to be doing another really fun book tag, which I found over at The Sassy Book Geek. Happy Holidays!

“You’re a Mean One, Mr Grinch”: Name a villainous character you couldn’t help but love.

Oh Declan Lynch for sure, he’s such a funny guy. I think definitely also Bellatrix Lestrange because she’s such a cool character (and also I’m a huge fan of Helena Bonham Carter).

“All I Want for Christmas is You”: Which book do you most hope to see under your Christmas tree?

100% The Midnight Library by Matt Haig and Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline. These are both 2020 releases and I’m really excited to read them!

“Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”: Name a character that overcomes major obstacles and learns to believe in themselves.

Probably Simon from Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.

“Santa Claus is Coming to Town”: a) Which character do you think would be on the top of the naughty list? b) Which character do you think would be at the top of the nice list?

a) Maybe Locke from Cruel Prince…I hate him. Or maybe Levana from The Lunar Chronicles.

b) Wylan Van Eck – no doubt about that

“Frosty the Snowman”: Which book just melts your heart?

I had a problem narrowing that down.

“Feliz Navidad”: Choose a book that takes place in a country other than your own.

The Joy Luck Club is probably one of my favourite books ever (most of the memories take place in China). I have to include Harry Potter as well because The Chamber of Secrets was the first book that got me into reading.

“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”: Which holiday themed book do you use to spread the Christmas joy?

I think the only holiday themed book I read was Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares ? That was pretty good. I watched the TV series the other day and that was cool too…book was definitely better though.

“Sleigh Ride”: Which fictional character would you choose to spend the holidays with (doesn’t have to be a love interest!)

Probably Blue Sargent and all the boys: Adam, Ronan, Gansey, and Noah too.

“Baby it’s Cold Outside”: Which book that you didn’t like would you sacrifice to a fire to warm yourself up in the cold?

Snow Like Ashes…let’s turn this book to ashes.

“Do You Hear What I Hear”: Which book do you think everyone should read?

I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You: A Letter to My Daughter, by David Chariandy. Such an important read.

How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories – Holly Black

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I am super excited to be reviewing the latest book in Holly Black’s The Folk of the Air Series, How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories. This was one of my most anticipated reads for 2020, and I finally got to read it a few days after its release.

Okay so I’m trying to figure out if I didn’t like this novella, or if I just generally don’t like reading novellas, since I’ve never really given one a high rating. The Folk of the Air Series is so intense and action-packed, but there was really not much happening in this book, and I had a hard time getting into it. Here are some of my thoughts:

Cardan and Nicasia

Some of this book is centred around Cardan and his old friends Nicasia, Locke, and Valerian, and it was interesting to actually get insight into Cardan’s romantic relationship with Nicasia, who we are made to hate in the series. Not saying that this book made me like her more, just that it was cool to learn how exactly they became so close, and read about it from Cardan’s POV.

Cardan and Jude/Cardan and Nicasia Continued

This was weird for me. When I read Cruel Prince I did not imagine Cardan liking Jude in the way he does in the flashbacks of this book – the hate seemed pretty mutual. This book made it seem like Cardan always admired her, and even though he says he hates humans, he is portrayed in this book as always having a bit of a soft spot for Jude, and he is confused by why she hates him. This book has a weird thing with describing body parts – like tails which I will get to – and so Cardan’s love for Jude is expressed in his weird infatuation with her “curved ear”? I don’t follow.

Also, this liking to Jude happens all while Cardan is in this relationship with Nicasia, and yet he is so crushed when she has feelings for Locke. In a sense I get it obviously, because she still betrays him – and with his best friend of all people – but in another sense it seems like he really only felt friendship for her, as he was pretty curious about Jude.

Locke

Quick little thing: Locke is hands down the most despicable character to read about. Why is everyone so concerned with Cardan’s behaviour when they could critique Locke’s much more easily? Well obviously because Cardan is royalty, but still.

Oh my god the tail.

I’m sorry but can we stop mentioning that Cardan has a tail? Like at this point we are all well aware that Cardan has a tail, so repeatedly bringing it up just makes it so uncomfortable, especially when there’s a scene with Cardan and Jude.

Aslog

The story – stories I guess – that Aslog tells Cardan are pretty interesting since they end up relating to Cardan in later parts of the book, but also I don’t really understand the whole purpose of them. I’m also pretty confused about Aslog’s death scene at the end, and where that all came from. However, I do have a tendency to accidentally miss some details in books, so that could be it. Please let me know your thoughts!

Art

Dear artist of How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories, you are amazing. The art was 100% the best part of this book, and I’m not sure if I’d get copyrighted for inserting it here so I won’t, but you should search it up because it is seriously so talented. The title pages for each part of this book make it so much more magical, but what I loved most were the pieces of Cardan. Being that Cardan is a magical creature, I did have quite a difficult time picturing him, but the art did the job so well. The artist makes Cardan look so full of glory and yet also sadness, and they really only use blue, grey and gold colours, which I thought perfectly portrays him.

All in all I’m happy I read this book because I got another piece of a series I love so much, but it definitely didn’t meet all the hype I was giving it in my mind. Happy to hear your opinions, and thanks for reading!

10 Thoughts I Had While Reading Six of Crows

Here’s a new way to write a review! Instead of sharing a full review, which can sometimes be time consuming to read, I’m going to be sharing 15 thoughts that I had while reading Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Not sure if I’m going to include this in my book review section yet, but we’ll see.

1. Kaz is one smart son of a bitch

When Kaz is kidnapped by Van Eck, he finds out that it is because of a heist that Van Eck wants Kaz to go on for him, and he offers him 5 million kruge. Kaz first of all does not even panic about being kidnapped, but then singlehandedly gets Van Eck to go from 5 million to 30 million kruge in payment, and he is extremely clever with his words. I feel like I definitely underestimated him the first time I read this.

2. Kaz and his relationship with greed

If you read this duology (soon to be trilogy), you’ll know that Kaz talks quite a bit about greed. As I was reading this for the second time, I realized this has a lot to do with how greed played a part in the death of Kaz’s brother Jordie. A flashback on page 210 says, “Kaz would always remember that moment, when he’d seen greed take hold of his brother, an invisible hand guiding him onward, the lever at work.” Back on page 39, Inej tells Kaz “Greed is your god, Kaz”, and he responds “No, Inej. Greed bows down to me. It is my servant and my lever.” My reaction when I read that quote on 210 was like the gif below – I was so excited and then I scrambled around to find the earlier quote on 39. This was so interesting to me because it sneakily shows emotion from a guy who seems to be emotionless to everyone. He is so clearly affected by Jordie’s death, and has made it his goal to have greed, which took his brother, be his servant.

3. Kaz is hilarious.

Okay I promise this isn’t all about Kaz. Anyways here are some of the funniest Kaz quotes I found:

  • I need a mug of the darkest, bitterest coffee I can find, he thought. Or maybe a real punch to the jaw.” – 54
  • After BEING KIDNAPPED, but still cracking jokes: “Everyone remembers his first time.” – 44
  • Sarcastically to Inej: “Please, my darling Inej, treasure of my heart, won’t you do me the honor of acquiring me a new hat?” – 68
  • I’m peeing my pants laughing re-reading these quotes. Kaz to the guy who wants to kill him and Nina: “I had a question…About your mother and whether the rumors are true”, and then Nina says “Never can make it easy, can you, Kaz?” – 94.
  • To Jesper: “Hold [the book] up so we don’t have to look at your ugly face.” – 261
  • There’s just a lot of really funny and sarcastic remarks that I appreciate, so feel free to comment some others down below!

4. Kaz’s hands

Sorry to talk about Kaz again, but Kaz’s hands are a huge deal in this book, and I found that super interesting. Kaz’s hands are ALWAYS in gloves, and – correct me if I’m wrong – but I think Inej is the only one who gets to see his hands. What’s interesting is that Kaz’s gloved hands – not his actions or his associates or his words – are what people based their assumptions about him off of.

“Brekker’s hands were stained with blood. Brekker’s hands were covered in scars. Brekker had claws and not fingers because he was part demon. Brekker’s touch burned like brimstone—a single brush of his bare skin caused your flesh to wither and die.

page 58

5. Inej is proof that Kaz has feelings.

Kaz makes it seem like he is feelingless and nothing phases him, but he clearly has a soft spot for Inej, which I love so much. There are lots of cute moments between them when Kaz sort of insinuates this, in the most secretive Kaz way possible, and I was so invested in following their relationship. When Inej gets an arrow to the heart, I finally got to see Kaz slip up a bit. He says things like “Don’t slip away from me”. ME! We don’t really get to see their relationship bloom into something too intense, but we do also see Kaz basically tell Inej how he feels, but Leigh Bardugo likes to mess with us so nothing too big really happens.

6. Inej is the most badass person in this book.

Inej is such a cool person – absolutely fearless. She’s excited when people are waiting for her – which means a fight. Kaz can always depend on her because she’s always making the right move at the right time, whether planned or not, and nothing is beyond her limits. I also love that she is confident in herself and her beliefs and does not let herself be ridiculed for this.

7. Wylan.

Oh god. Wylan is the last person you pick to bring on a heist, and yet there he is. He was so fun to read about because he was such a contrast from everyone else, as he was full of emotion, sensitivity, compassion, sympathy, and fear. I want to believe I’d be a badass like Inej, but I know I’d be a Wylan who cries when Kaz kills someone because he told him he wouldn’t.

8. The best love is between people who used to hate each other

Matthias is so…modest I guess is the word, and Nina is the complete opposite of that. She loves making him uncomfortable, and they’re such a fun pair to read about. Here’s a note about me: I love when a book builds a relationship full of hate between two characters only to have them fall in love, which is exactly the case between Matthias and Nina. Matthias has grown up with the engrained notion that he has to kill people who are Grisha, like Nina the heartrender. The two somehow get stranded together, and there is nothing but hate…and somehow sexual tension. This of course leads to them falling in love. Then we do that all again after Nina “betrays” Matthias, and his hate for her is even stronger. The two are brought together again through the heist, and we get this whole hate-to-love relationship all over again.

9. “The deal is the deal.”

This is just a quick thing, but I loved this saying so much. I loved learning about the culture of Ketterdam in general, even just Kerch being referred to as “the language of trade.” Leigh Bardugo you amaze me.

10. The Breakfast Club

When I read Six of Crows, I immediately gravitated towards the quote on page 332: “A gambler, a convict, a wayward son, a lost Grisha, a Suli girl who had become a killer, a boy from the Barrel who had become something more.” This is Leigh Bardugo outlining the unlikely crew who comes together for this heist, and it reminded me quite a bit of one of my favourite films, The Breakfast Club, though in the film’s case there are only 5 of them. Here’s the line from the film: “You see us as you want to see us – in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain…and an athlete…and a basket case…a princess…and a criminal. Does that answer your question? Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club.” The quotes resemble each other, but this also reminds me of the point I made about Kaz’s hands, because he is seen by others as evil and nothing more, even though there is more to him.

Thanks for reading!