Top Five Wednesday: Book Covers You’d Live In

So it’s Top Five Wednesday again!The topic for this week is…..

Disclaimer: Just because I like the cover doesn’t mean I love the book. lol

 “Book Covers You’d Live In”

1.Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly

2.A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

3.Wintersong  by S. Jae-Jones

 

4. A Thousand Pieces of You  by Claudia Gray

( I haven’t read this one but I love the cover.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

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What Does Consent Really Mean? by Pete Wallis, Joseph Wilkins, Thalia Wallis

What Does Consent Really Mean?Summary: “Consent is not the absence of ‘NO’, it is an enthusiastic YES!!”
While seemingly straightforward, Tia and Bryony hadn’t considered this subject too seriously until it comes up in conversation with their friends and they realise just how important it is.
Following the sexual assault of a classmate, a group of teenage girls find themselves discussing the term consent, what it actually means for them in their current relationships, and how they act and make decisions with peer influence. Joined by their male friends who offer another perspective, this rich graphic novel uncovers the need for more informed conversations with young people around consent and healthy relationships. Accompanying the graphics are sexual health resources for students and teachers, which make this a perfect tool for broaching the subject with teens.

Review

You can read it on my goodreads! 

Received from Netgalley in exchange of honest review.

While this can be a pretty good teaching tool to teach middle and high school students about consent, I feel like it should be the only thing that teachers should used. The reason why I give it a 4. 5 instead of a five cause it felt like skimmed telling guys that they should consent to things as well. The majority of the book spend telling girls they should consent to things which is nothing wrong with that all but it’s a two way street. Some guys can be uncomfortable with doing things with their girls ( or guys) would could be pressuring them to things as well. It just needed to be shone in more ” it can happen both ways” light. All in all It was pretty good.

Falling for the Beast by Victorine E. Lieske

Summary: Aribelle is backed into the position of cleaning house for the horrible Mr. Thaddeus Walker. Not only is he rude, he’s dangerously secretive, going out at night and coming home with injuries which seem to heal mysteriously fast. She should be keeping her distance, not trying to break down his barriers. But the more she uncovers, the more attracted she becomes until the cost of exposing his secrets fades behind the risk of losing her heart.Thaddeus knows he should have sent the girl away instead of allowing her into his home. Now she’s asking questions he can’t answer. And the more time they spend together, the more he wishes he could pull her close and kiss her. But he can’t afford to do that. Beautiful Aribelle could never love a beast.  Falling for the Beast is a sweet romance

Review

2 stars You can also read it on my goodreads!

Received from Netgalley in exchange of honest review.

*take deep breaths*

Breathe in Breathe Out

ok.

This was probably the most mediocre, bland ,and juvenile BATB retellings I have ever read. The book was blander than having chicken with no season on it.

Let me get into the #1 reason why.

THE HERO AND HEROINE HAD ZERO I MEAN ZERO CHEMISTRY TOGETHER AND IT BORDERLINE INSTA-LOVE TO THE MAX.

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Top Five Wednesday: Books not set or Inspired in the Western World

So it’s Top Five Wednesday again!The topic for this week is…..

Books That Aren’t Set In/Inspired By The Western World

So lets get to it! ( I’m also including manga in this as well)

1.Pretty Guardian  Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi   ( Japan and Space)

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2.The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer(New Beijing and Space)

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3.The Wrath and the Dawn Series by Renee Ahdieh (Middle East)

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)

 

4.The Star Touched Queen Series by Roshani Chokshi ( India)

The Star-Touched Queen (The Star-Touched Queen, #1)A Crown of Wishes (The Star-Touched Queen, #2)

5.Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo ( Russia)

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Beauty Conquers the Beast by Jenny Schwartz

Beauty Conquers the Beast

Summary:Lady Nora and Prince Alexander were never friends, and she can’t think of anyone more deserving of the curse that made him the Beast of the Sighaway Forest. But when six princesses from neighboring kingdoms fail to break the curse, it’s more than just the big and brutish Alexander who is suffering. For her country, and out of an overdeveloped sense of duty, Nora will enter the beast’s castle. She’ll fight mysterious magic and confront the secrets of her heart, but the elusive beast remains untamable. The shocking solution to breaking the curse will change Nora’s life forever.

Review

1.5 Stars Spoilers.

So this past weekend I read two short 40 page something BATB  which both disappointed me. I wasn’t going to write a review on neither one of them but I need to rant about this one.

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“Fight like a YA Girl ” BookTag

I saw this post and I thought it would be good idea to talk about my fave YA Badass Girls. Some of these are going to overlap but who cares. lol

So here we go!

THE RULES

  • Thank the person who tagged you.
  • Mention the creator Krysti at YA and Wine
  • Match at least one YA girl with each of the themes below.
  • Tag as many people as you like!

WARRIOR GIRLS

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)A Crown of Wishes (The Star-Touched Queen, #2)

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Top Five Wednesday: Top Five Children Books

So it’s Top Five Wednesday again! This time is your Top five Children’s books so let’s get to it!

1.The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Oz, #1)

The king of children’s books in my opinion. I remember reading it for the first time around 10 years old and realizing how different it was than the movie. I actually enjoyed it more than the movie cause it goes more in depth with the world of OZ than the movie does.

 

 

 

2.Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale by John Steptoe

Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale

This is like the African version of Cinderella mixed in with the Frog Prince. I remember our librarian  reading it to us and I fell instantly in love with the story ,the illustrations, and the characters. In all honestly, Disney should have made this one if they wanted their first Black Princess.

 

 

3.  Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Bridge to TerabithiaI remember my whole four grade class had to read this one in class and my whole class being engloss with it.  I remember the day when got to part when Jess found out  Leslie drown and the whole class was so freaking shocked.  The teacher was so wrong that we had to  wait the next day to found out if it was true or not. (which unfortunately it was) I remember saying that she didn’t when had an excise guessing what happen to her.

 

4. Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

Sarah, Plain and Tall (Sarah, Plain and Tall, #1)

I remember reading this one in four grade as well and completely enjoying it. No shocking cliffhangers in this one. lol

 

 

 

 

 

5. The Monster at the End of the Book by Jon Stone

The Monster at the End of this BookThis one means a lot to me cause I remember my big sister bought and read this one to me alot.  A matter of fact it’s probably one of the  Little Golden books that we still have cause it meant a lot to her  as well.  The reason why I love reading so much is because my sister read to me so much when I was younger .So she help installed the love of reading to me in such a young age.

 

 

Those are my fave five children books when I was younger.

Tanya out!

Rant: How I feel about Smut in Fiction

So I have been thinking about the subject for a while now and how I feel about it. ( For extent purposes ,I’m not talking about erotica which probably going to be its own post one day.)

Smut in Fiction rather it’s in books, fanfics ,or any type of media.

Before I dive into how I feel about it ,lets define what smut means.

Smut ( urban dictionary)- Highly developed stories with love lines and other things that appeal to women that also include a lot of sexually explicit scenes.

So it’s basically a story with sexual  scenes in it which is easy enough to understand. lol

So how do I feel about it you ask?

I love smut but I feel like smut  should be like a cherry on top of a banana split.

Something that you can still enjoy the banana split even if it’s on or off.  The cherry doesn’t mess up the experience of the eating the banana split even if the person do or don’t like cherries. The body of the banana split aka the banana and ice cream is what really matters and everything else aka cherries and other topping should just enhance the experience. What that being said ,smut shouldn’t mess up the reader’s experience of the book regardless if they like it or not. If they like smut they should enjoy it and if they don’t they can scan through or just skip those pages and still be able to enjoy the book.

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The “Who I Am” Tag

So I was on Destiny (howlinglibraries ) blog and I saw this interesting post. I honestly need more content on my blog besides book reviews so lets do this!

What is the meaning behind my name?

My name is Tanya which an Russian diminutive of Tatiana according to behindthename.com

It means ” Fiery Queen” in Russian

It’s also Slavic and Hebrew according to wikipedia which says

Tanya is the Slavic hypocoristic of Tatiana. It is now quite commonly used as an independent given name in the English-speaking world.Tanya is also of Hebrew origin derived from the Aramaic term meaning ‘it was taught in Baraita’ which is Biblical teaching. Within Hasidic Judaism this refers to the Oral Torah. It is the first word used within the Tanya.

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A Strange Hymn by Laura Thalassa

A Strange Hymn (The Bargainer Book 2)Summary: Siren and soulmate to the King of Night, Callypso Lillis survived the clutches of Karnon, the mad king, and his twisted prison. But the nightmare isn’t over. Callie wears the physical reminders of her time as a captive, and mounting evidence suggests the Thief of Souls is still out there.
When a fae celebration thrusts Callie and her mate, Desmond Flynn, into the Kingdom of Flora, they take their investigation with them. But under the bright lights and striking blooms of the realm, they find there are more immediate issues to deal with. No place is more uniquely savage than the great fae halls, and no amount of bargains can save Callie from royal intrigues.
Fairies play dangerous games. Some want love, some want vengeance, some want flesh, and some want things too unspeakable to utter. One thing is for sure: no one is who they appear to be. Not even Des, who only grows more enigmatic with every passing secret.

But the Kingdom of Flora has its own secrets, from bleeding trees to branded slaves and missing guards. Something is stirring in the land of all that grows, and if Callie isn’t careful, it will claim everything and everyone she loves—and her along with it.

My Review

DNF @ 56%

I have no desire to go back to this book at all after reading half of the book yesterday…..

After enjoying the first book,this was a complete let down to the max. Instead of everything and everyone getting better,everyone but Temper got worse.

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