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My Favourite Quotes & Moments: Call Down the Hawk!

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I’m supposed to be sleeping right now. Or at the very least trying to. I’ve got to get up to take my dogs to the vet tomorrow. I’ve also got a cold so sleep is probably exactly what my body needs. 

Am I going to give my body what it needs? No. Of course not. That would make life too easy. To be fair, my body isn’t making it easy. As soon as I got in bed I became wide awake and also started coughing. 

Instead of trying to sleep I’m here to say that I’m re-reading Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater. It feels like a life-time ago when this was my most anticipated release of the year. It came out in 2019, pre-pandmeic so I suppose in some ways it was a life-time ago. With the recent release of the sequel, Mister Impossible, I decided to revisit and also share my favourite quotes & moments:


*Spoilers*


“Were there other Lynches? It seems unlikely. Lynches appeared to be very good at dying”

This line, on the very first page, scares me. It sounds like a threat. 


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Opening Lines // Top 5 Tuesday

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Hellooo 🙂 So lockdown was officially lifted here in Spain (for the most part) and as of yesterday my province is finally in phase 1 meaning bars and restaurants are aloud to open which is exciting. I am surrounded by bars where I live and so after two months of dead silence it’s super weird to hear so many people outside.

Anyways today I am back for another round of Top 5 Tuesday. I skipped last week because I was totally stumped. This weeks topic is Top 5 Opening Liners. I just spent the last ten minutes opening up all the books in my room so let’s get started.

Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm

Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian

There should be a limit on how long any human being has to wear braces.

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Happy Easter // Book Tag 🐰🌸

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So yesterday was Easter something I didn’t realise until I skyped my 5 year old sister and she showed me her mountain of Easter Eggs. I’m not religious or anything but I live opposite a church so it’s weird not to hear the bells ring a million times a day or watch the parade that leaves from there.

Anyways today I am going to be doing the Easter Time Book Tag, originally created by Theresa @ The Calico Books … and then I’m going to go eat my own chocolate egg.

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Easter Eggs: Name a book that feels like a hidden gem

I really haven’t seen many people talk about talk about These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabelle Sterling which is wrong because it’s gay elemental witches with great humour.

On one hand I’m glad I get to keep it all to myself but on the hand I want everyone to read this ASAP!


Bloom: A debut novel you loved.

I’ve loved way more debut novels then I even realised so in the face of a long list I’m going with my most recent which was The Devouring Grey by Christine Lynn Herman. 

This wasn’t the best book in the world but it was fun and I raced through it in one day.

I’m also currently re-reading Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston and I refuse to believe this is a debut because it’s just so good!


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❄Top 5 Books I Read This Winter❄

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Spring is officially in session and honestly it’s annoying me already. My allergies are flaring up but it’s also still flu and cold season so what pills do I take!?

Anyways moving on from my stinging eyes and sneezing fits today I’m going to be talking about the best books I read this past winter. I feel like I’ve had a solid three months in terms of reading but my favourite’s really weren’t hard to pick.

Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater

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It took me forever to get my hands on this book: 2 years of wait and anticipation for the release, a month for Amazon to send it to me and then when I finally started reading it I got hit with nearly 3 weeks of exams and school work but god was it worth the wait.

It took me a second (aka 100+ pages) to warm up to the new characters but by the end of it I would die for Jordan Hennessy and, strangely enough, Declan Lynch. Can you believe it!

This book was as whimsical, magical and down right weird as I was expecting but also so much more and I cannot wait for the sequel. Continue reading “❄Top 5 Books I Read This Winter❄”

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Above & Beyond Expectations // Top 5 Tuesday

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Hi, hey, hello and happy Tuesday 🙂

I skipped last weeks top 5 Tuesday because I’m terrible at time management but I’m back this week and I have no fancy pancy introduction because it’s nearly midnight and I still have homework to do for tomorrow so let’s just jump right in to books that exceeded my expectations!

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Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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I loved The Naturals series by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, it’s genuinely one of my favourite series and it’s one of the series that got me into reading but I was hesitant going into this book.

I knew I was going to like it but it took me by surprise just how much I liked it. I’m from East Yorkshire and yet this book had me reading in a southern belle like accent as I flew through this book. I haven’t picked up the sequel and I don’t know if I’m going to but I did really enjoy this more then I was expecting. Continue reading “Above & Beyond Expectations // Top 5 Tuesday”

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Anticipated 2020 Sequels! // Top 5 Tuesday

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Hi, hey, hello and happy Tuesday!

I have a cold but I’m about to talk about upcoming sequels coming out this year that I am absolutely dying to read and would probably sell my firstborn child if I could get my hands on these sooner.

Todays Top 5 Tuesday topic is technically Anticipated Releases of 2020 but I’m doing tri-monthly versions of them so I don’t want to milk the new releases cow and so I’m talking specifically about sequels of books I’ve already read and am dying to read.

Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm

Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater #2

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I spoiled myself with The Raven Cycle because when I began reading that series all of the books had already been released. I suppose being part of the fandom and getting excited with everyone else over titles and cover releases could be fun but still I need this book in my hands now!

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December Wrap Up

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It’s December wrap up time and I’m going to be honest with you. I barely remember what I read last month off the top of my head. It was a total blare of final exams and projects and then Christmas happened so I really hope I read a decent amount of books to talk about today.

According to Goodreads, my lord and saviour, my first few reads of December 2019 were:

 

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

Tweet Cute  was the first book I managed to finish this month and it was amazing. I could happily talk about this book all day however, sadly, this book isn’t out yet and I don’t want to spoil anything.

All I’m going to say is that this book follows Pepper and Jack who run twitter accounts for their family restaurant and end up in a twitter war over grilled cheeses. This book is filled with laughs and the blossoming romance is the sweetest. I loved how mature both characters were and the lack of unnecessary, eye rolling, drama or angst made for such an enjoyable read. My full review is coming closer to the release.

Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater

Oh my god it’s amazing! I was scared I was going to be hung up on The Raven Cycle and wouldn’t enjoy this new series but I was wrong. This book is crazy and unique and I came to love the characters, the new and the old. It’s got Maggie’s signature whimsical writing style and bonkers plot and I couldn’t put it down.

I actually read both of these round about the same time and had to but them both down for like 2 weeks before picking them up and finishing them because of exams and let me tell you that was hell. These books are so good. 

Then I started “cheating” …

It got to past Christmas and I was looking and realised I’d only read two book so far that month and so I got motivated and I read:

  • Hood Academy by Shelley Wilson: This is an ARC and it’s about werewolves and a school for girls who are trained to kill them. It’s not the best of books but it was enjoyable enough to skim read late into the night.
  • Check Please: Year Two by Ngozi Ukazu: I’m reading the online version and it remains to be the sweetest thing ever.
  • She’s With Me by Ava Violet: Another ARC I whizzed through at the end of the month. I wasn’t expecting to like this as much as I did and I admit when I saw it was being published by Wattpad Books I expected even less but, wierdly, I enjoyed this. It’s not the best written, it has tropes and clichés but my rating is based off my enjoyment and I was invested and rooting for these characters and it was fun to read while I couldn’t sleep.

And then, finally, I started reading Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo. I’m going to talk more about this in my January wrap up but just know it was amazing and I never wanted to put it down.

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So those are the five-ish books I managed to read in December, a bit of skim reading might have helped me along at the end there but oh well. Overall I really liked everything I read in the last month of the year and I’m hoping January proves to be just as good, if not better.

Has anyone read any of these? I’d love to know what you think. Thanks for reading 🙂

Elli xx

 

 

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My favourite reads of 2019!

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So yesterday I talked all about my least favourite reads of 2019(which I stupidly titled 2020 and only just realised my mistake because I’m an idiot) and I really went to town on them. Today however is a positive vibes only zone as I’m going to be talking about the best of the bunch. giphy

I read 83 books this year, completely surpassing my intended goal of 60. I’m actually currently reading 2 more, one of which I plan on finishing as soon as I’m done writing this post, and yet I’ve got 9 books to talk about today.

My criteria for picking my “favourites” is based solely off of pure enjoyment. I’ve chosen books which, even all these months later, I’m still thinking about, I’m still excited about and overall I’m’ still in love with.

Any and all book reviews I’ve written this year can all be found HERE.

And finally before I start I just want to say that these are in chronological of when I read them and not by rank or rating or anything like that 🙂

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9781471116704Queen of Air & Darkness was the second book I read this year and although it’s an absolute beast of a book I flew through it in just 3 days!

Yes some of the plot decisions were … odd and questionable *cough* Thule. Angelic Giants *cough* but I can’t deny that I had a great time reading.

This book made me feel so much. I sobbed in the beginning for about five chapters straight and that was just the beginning of my tears as the story progressed. I came to love so many new characters with this trilogy and I’m cautiously anticipating future instalments of this universe. Continue reading “My favourite reads of 2019!”

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Book Review: Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater

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Publication Date: November 5th 2019

Series: The Dreamer Trilogy #1


The dreamers walk among us .. and so do the dreamed. Those who dream cannot stop dreaming – they can only try to control it. Those who are dreamed cannot have their own lives – they will sleep forever if their dreamers die.

And then there are those who are drawn to the dreamers. To use them. To trap them. To kill them before their dreams destroy us all. Read More.  Continue reading “Book Review: Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater”

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What I’m going to do after surviving my exams // December TBR

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Exams have started. Woohoo!!! They started this past Friday and lead all the way up until the 16th. The only thing getting me through is a litre bottle of Pepsi, my fear of failure and the promise of 2 weeks off.

And so because of this I am sat here, eating muesli while my cat screams at me and getting some blog posts written and scheduled.

Today I’m going to be talking about what exactly I plan to do once I am free!

Finish my currently reading:

I’ve been reading Tweet Cute for nearly a month now and I’m mad because this is really, really good. I’m having a great time but that’s the problem. I don’t have any time.

Call Down the Hawk is finally in my hands. It’s amazing, if not a little confusing at the beginning because of the new characters. I plan on getting straight to this when I get done with my last exam. Continue reading “What I’m going to do after surviving my exams // December TBR”