Hunting Prince Dracula Book Review (Spoiler Free)

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“The world is neither kind nor is it cruel. It simply exists. We have the ability to view it however we choose.” 

Author: Kerri Maniscalco

Publisher: September 19th 2017 by Little, Brown & Company

Pages: 434

Rating: 5/5

HOLY CANNOLI! I think it’s safe to say that I loved the second book even more than the first! It’s honestly something that rarely happens with most series since some of them fall into the “Second Book Syndrome,” but I am so happy that this book did not! As with the previous book, I did not see that ending coming! JUST WOW! 🙂

Please note the summary/review below may have spoilers from the first book, Stalking Jack the Ripper

Summary (From GoodReads):

In this New York Times bestselling sequel to Kerri Maniscalco’s haunting #1 debut Stalking Jack the Ripper, bizarre murders are discovered in the castle of Prince Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Dracula. Could it be a copycat killer…or has the depraved prince been brought back to life?

Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe’s best schools of forensic medicine…and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.

But her life’s dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school’s forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again.

Characters

Audrey Rose Wadsworth – I definitely liked Audrey a lot more in this book! Although she was a strong character in the first novel, I felt that her character was more relatable in the second. She is going though the aftermaths of her days in London and the Ripper murders and even with this period of grief, she still is a formidable force and has so much strength.

“Please do not make the mistake of telling me what’s best for me, as if you are the sole authority on the subject.” 

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Thomas Cresswell – Excuse me, but where can I find this man? Like I must know. Right now! I love how the author provided us more depths to his character. His flaws make him seem more human and also gives us more reason to adore him! Besides his charm and kindness, he also has level of maturity which is a quality I greatly admire. There were so many quotes from him in this book where I had to take a moment and be like . . . wow that was deep! But usually he is a devilish flirt LOL

“Try not to miss me too much Wadsworth. Though that might be an impossible task. I, for one, miss myself terribly when asleep.” 

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Final Thoughts

While Stalking Jack the Ripper takes place in Victorian Era London, Hunting Prince Dracula is set in Romania. Similar to the first book, the author does a phenomenal job creating the vast and gorgeous scenery of the Romanian landscape and it does feel that you are within the country. She is very skilled in capturing the exquisite details to make the setting very realistic and I loved venturing into these new lands and learning more about the culture.

Audrey’s character development  was done quite well in this book. Although it wasn’t anything too dynamic, we do see her struggle with the aftermath of the previous novel and fight to regain her strength to overcome her demons. Although she is filled with such turmoil, what makes her more interesting to read about is her endearing personality and her passion for what she does and wants to achieve. We also given more insight into Thomas’s background and I appreciated that we were able to see the different layers of his character.

The overall pacing of the novel was well done in my opinion. From the very beginning, it was very gripping and as a reader, you knew you were in for a wild ride! The writing was beautiful as well. It captured the Romanian scenery, the ambiance of the horrific murders, the tension between the students at the Academy and terrifying moments of the investigations. In addition, the quotes in this book are worth recognition! Let’s just take a moment to appreciate the artistry in this piece of literature:

“Monsters could wear the smiles of friends while secreting away the rotten soul of the Devil in the darkest crevices of themselves.” (pg. 287) 

“Monsters are only real as the stories that grant them life. And they only live for long as we tell those tales.” (pg. 132)

“No matter how much death and horror existed, there were still things of beauty to find.” (pg. 407)

JUST STUNNING.

Overall, I LOVED this sequel to Stalking Jack the Ripper and I would definitely recommend this series if you enjoy reading books with sassy characters, hilarious banter, gripping and mysterious plot and beautiful writing!

Have any of you read this series yet? What were your thoughts on it?

Until next time keep reading and I will see you all soon with another bookish post! (Hopefully, that would be soon since I am still recovering from the BTS performance and 2 wins on the Billboard Awards last night. DAYUUMMMM )

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House of Salt and Sorrow ARC Book Review (Spoiler Free)

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Author: Erin A. Craig

Publication: August 6th 2019 by Delacorte

Pages: 416

Rating: 4/5

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I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

A fairy tale re-telling of 12 Dancing Princesses! OMG! As soon as I read that summary, I was hooked and I was yearning to read this. Never had I thought I would actually get a request approval from NetGalley! That was a complete surprise but I am so thankful they gave me the opportunity to read this!

Summary (From GoodReads): 

In a manor by the sea, twelve sisters are cursed.

Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor, a manor by the sea, with her sisters, their father, and stepmother. Once they were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls’ lives have been cut short. Each death was more tragic than the last—the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery plunge—and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the gods.

Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that the deaths were no accidents. Her sisters have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn’t sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who—or what—are they really dancing with?

When Annaleigh’s involvement with a mysterious stranger who has secrets of his own intensifies, it’s a race to unravel the darkness that has fallen over her family—before it claims her next. 

Characters: 

Annaleigh Thaumas – Kind, Strong and Brave – Annaleigh was an interesting character to follow since she loves her family, is very selfless and cares for her sisters. It was great to read from her perspective and see the world through her eyes. 

Camille Thaumas – Headstrong, Leader – As the eldest of the group of sisters, Camille does have a huge responsibility placed on her shoulders for upholding the family name for the future generations. She is also the next in line after her father who would eventually take over the estate. It is interesting to watch her struggle with this responsibility especially after her sisters’ passing and how it effects her throughout the novel.   

Final Thoughts:

First of all, can we just take a moment to appreciate this gorgeous cover? Its stunning!! 🙂

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I think this book is the perfect example as to why I love fairy tale re-tellings so much. It draws the right amount of plot details from the original story but in the end, it offers the readers something new. I especially loved this one from the start due to the amount of mystery and intrigue interlaced throughout the chapters. It keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering what is really happening. I also love how the author incorporated a larger story arc over the re-telling.

Before reading this novel, I tried to recollect the details of the original story and I all I could remember is the vague outline of 12 Princesses who would be found every morning with worn out dance shoes. The King urgently requested for anyone’s help to understand the reasoning behind this and it wasn’t until one soldier had found that they were sneaking out in the middle of the night through a magical door to a ball each night.

The author provided a lot of backstory and character depth for the sisters in this version of the fairy tale which made it more enticing to read. I found myself intrigued with the family dynamics and relationships between the sisters. They definitely do not agree on everything and they share different opinions from time to time but they are grounded by their sisterhood and I loved that aspect of the book. You also understand the reasoning behind the sisters’ desires to venture to nightly ball (the main plot point of the original story) and it interesting to see that part of the story unfold since we can understand the character’s decisions which may not have been clear in the original version. I also appreciated the amount of detail the author placed into creating the ambiance of living on an estate by the sea, the sandy beaches, the salty mist in the air, etc. It truly captured the atmosphere and almost made it seem as if you were walking beside the characters. 

If I were to split this book into two, I would say the first half is very mysterious where your curiosity grows as a reader regarding the family’s curse and in the second half, the plot moves in a quicker pace where multiple mind games are thrown at you and you are hooked until the very end. The reason I was not able to give this book a full five stars was because it did lack a bit with characterization, there were still some questions I had at the end and there was a case of insta-love but thankfully, it did not bother me too much. Other than that, I thought it was pretty great re-telling and I was entertained throughout the novel. I highly recommend this to anyone who is a fan of dark fairy tale re-tellings and loves the mystery/fantasy genre.

This book is due to release on August 2019! I am definitely looking forward to grab a copy of this 🙂

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Until next time, keep reading and I will see you all soon with another bookish post!

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Easter Time Book Tag

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Since Easter is coming up, what better way to welcome the holiday with a tag?? Thank you to Sea of Pages for tagging me! I had so much fun with this! This tag was originally created by Theresa @ The Calico Books. Please check both these blogs because they are so amazing! 🙂

Please note that the title graphic was created by Sea of Pages and the graphics used in the post were created by Theresa, and I claim no credit for these.

Without further ado, let’s get on with the tag!

Rules

  • Answer the prompts.
  • Tag some friends.
  • Link back to this post, and be sure to mention the creator (Theresa @ The Calico Books)
  • Have fun!

 

BOOK OF IVY

The Book of Ivy truly surprised me and it is unfortunate that it does not receive more recognition. This duology was a true gem since it helped me get out of a reading slump with it’s fast paced plot and character dynamics. While it does have a dystopian backdrop, it was handled a lot differently than other novels of the same genre so I highly recommend this one!

 

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Children of Blood and Bone – Do I even have to say more about this novel? OMG this was a thrill ride from start to finish and I absolutely loved the amount of representation! In addition, the characters are phenomenal and I loved being part of their journey. It’s always amazing when we hear stories inspired from different folklore. We get a better understanding of the world and the people around us and I hope more authors share stories like this in the future.

 

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A Conjuring of Light – This was the first series I ever read by Victoria Schwab and I was finally able to understand the enormous praise and love for her books. This woman has a brilliant mind and her writing is exquisite. By the time I came to the third book, I was experiencing quite a bit of bittersweet emotions since I did not want to say goodbye to all these amazing characters. However, there is some hope since I know she is planning to write more books in this world so I cannot wait for that!! 🙂

 

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I was super lucky with this one. I happened to attend the Annual Library Sale that my Public Library holds and as soon as I saw the hardcover copy of The Darkest Mind on sale, I immediately picked it up! And to make it even better, I ended up loving this book!

 

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Fangirl – I related to this book on multiple levels! I think the main character is someone who a lot of us could relate to. She can be introverted, sassy at times, deals with social anxiety but also has a strong passion for writing which was displayed through fan fiction. I loved that this book incorporated that element since we do not typically see it in YA fiction. This is probably one of my favorite, cute contemporaries that I have ever read and I am so happy I decided to pick it up.

 

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The Lunar Chronicles – I think I have mentioned this before but I have to say that the Lunar Chronicles is the series which changed my life. I read this during a not so great time in my life but the themes of self-determination, strength, confidence and loving yourself really did provide a bit of consolation so I am grateful for Marissa Meyer for writing these books!

 

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Ok, talk about a novel with a twist after a twist. Honestly, this book was a roller coaster for me since the plot swayed left and right and it kept me on my toes wondering what could happen next. Caraval has definitely joined the ranks of my favorite series of all time!

I tag:

Grace @SheHeartsFiction

Tiffany@Readbytiffany

Jane@BloggerBooks

Tilly@TheBiblioshelf

Becky@Becky’sBookBlog

PJ@Reviewerpj

Malin @Grimmsnaught

 

If you have not checked out their blogs, please do because they post great content! If you were already tagged for this and I added you, I’m so sorry! And if you completed this tag, please link your post below so I can check it out! Have fun everyone! 🙂

Until next time, keep reading and I will see you all soon with another bookish post!

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Top Ten Tuesday – Rainy Day Reads

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Hello everyone! I hope you all are having a great start to the week! It’s Tuesday which means it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday! And for this week’s post, it’s all about Rainy Day reads. I don’t have anything specific I read during Rainy Days, but I mostly reach for books which may offer an escape or fit the ambiance which reflects the dark atmosphere. And knowing me, it would most likely be dark fantasy with a mix of other genres as well 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Without further ado, here is my list!

1.A Darker Shade of Magic

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Basically anything from Victoria Schwab could be an ideal answer for a rainy day read. I feel that she truly captures that dark atmosphere with her morally gray characters and her thrilling and high stake plots which you can’t help but devour!

2. Six of Crows

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The Six of Crows duology is for sure a gritty and dark novel with it’s setting in Ketterdam and its the group of criminal characters lead by a devious mastermind. And when you add in the action packed plot for pulling off the greatest heist, how could you not pick this up as a rainy day read?

3. Stalking Jack the Ripper

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Rainy days are truly reflective of a dark mysterious atmosphere and when thinking of books which can best represent these attributes I couldn’t help but think of this novel. Set in the Victorian Era with a serial killer wrecking havoc among the streets of London along with an empowered female lead who is determined to be a forensic scientist, it really does bring together a great premise for thrilling read.

4. Wolf by Wolf

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As soon as I read the summary of this novel, I was automatically drawn to it. An alternative history where the Nazi Party wins the war? A motorcycle race infiltrated by a girl who goes undercover to win so she can end the leader of the Nazi regime? How does that not seem intriguing? Anything from this time period is frankly very interesting to read since you can learn a lot about history. The author did a fabulous job creating a balance of history and fiction while maintaining that thrilling and dark atmosphere which is the reason why this soon became one of my favorite historical fiction novels.

5. The Illuminae Files

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Now let’s move onto a different genre: Science Fiction! And what better book to introduce a dark and mysterious aura than The Illuminae Files!!! If you have not read this series yet, I highly recommend that you do since it is a thrilling and gripping novel set in outer space and is uniquely told through interview transcripts, e-mails, texts, etc. It is definitely something I sometimes reach for during a rainy day, especially if I want a quick and thrilling read.

6. Prisoner of Night and Fog

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Coming back to historical fiction novels, I would definitely say that this book is certainly a rainy day read. It’s creepy, it’s thought provoking and at times terrifying, which would make you want to snuggle into a blanket with your eyes glued onto the gripping pages. When I first read Prisoner of Night and Fog, it definitely had a dark ambiance which completely fits this atmosphere since it does explore Hitler’s inner circle and his character with some blood-chilling moments.

7. A Court of Thorns and Roses

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Something about high fantasy reads just screams rainy day reads to me, especially those which have a darker tone to it. Not only does this novel incorporate elements of fantasy, but it also is a dark fairy tale re-telling unlike any other. Set in a land ruled by fae, this re-telling of Beauty and the Beast is more gripping. I will admit that it does take time for the story to pick up but Sarah J. Maas always does such a great job in building magical and thrilling worlds which we get pulled into and I really appreciated that.

8. Truly Devious

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Recently, I have been into a lot of mystery novels and I feel like this one is the best to read during a rainy day. Told with multiple flashbacks, there are two mysteries which are investigated in the novel – one happening in the present and another which happened in the past. I’m not going to lie. There are moments which had me shook! For these reasons, I would say that this is a perfect Rainy Day read! 🙂

9. Hush, Hush

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Now stepping into the paranormal genre, I would honestly recommend this series. I understand that there are a lot of other paranormal ya fiction out there but for some reason, this one stuck out to me than the rest. It has been some time since I last picked up this book but when I initially read it, I remember being very intrigued by the level of mystery where you are not sure on who to trust. There are times when there were creepy situations which made my heart panic haha I would definitely be curled up in my blanket with a hot drink and this book in my hand with a thunderous storm looming outside.

10. Caraval

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Caraval became an easy favorite of mine as soon as it was released. I remembered staying glued to the pages for hours while highly anticipating what could happen next. While it is an addicting, magical novel, I also believe it would be great to read during a rainy day since its also quite dark and mysterious. When reading Caraval, there are times when you would question what choices to make and wonder whether the so-called “game” within the story really is a “game.”

What are your recommendations for a rainy day read? Have any of you tried this week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt? Link it down below and I will definitely check it out! 🙂

Until next time, keep reading and I will see you all soon with another bookish post!

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Top Ten Tuesday – Outrageous Things I’ve Done for the Love of Books

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Hello everyone! It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday and for this week’s post we need to address the outrageous things we’ve done for the love of books. Let’s face it. Being a book blogger or an avid lover of books could place us in some silly situations and I’m here to share a couple with you! I think this has got to be my favorite Top Ten post ever. Gawd I’m so EXTRA LOL

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Without further ado, here is my list!

1. Pulled an All Nighter til 4AM – This was all because of one book – An Ember in the Ashes. As I mentioned in my review for this novel, it was so addicting. It was because the stakes were so high and the characters were placed in crazy situations and as readers, all we can do is just sit in anticipation wondering what in the world could happen next. And I didn’t even realize how late it was until I heard my family getting ready for work  LOL

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2. Suffered Back Pain – Nope. You didn’t misread, this did happen recently while I was reading Hunting Prince Dracula. I think the hardest thing to do while reading is finding a good reading position. Ahem. . .it’s pretty obvious that I didn’t really find mine. My usual reading spot is on my bed and I was pretty addicted to my book so I didn’t really pay attention to anything else. Which is why I woke up to a severe back pain in the morning. *slow motion clap*

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3. Read at Work – Ok, so hear me out! I have a logical reason for this, I swear! You know when you are reading a novel and every single time we have those darn cliffhanger endings? That was the case for this reason. So whenever I had a break or when my coworkers would want to go out for lunch, I would stay with my novel on my desk, determined to finish a couple of chapters . . . . That didn’t really sound convincing. But you get my point right?

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4. Nearly broke down when my book covers don’t match – Yes, I am that person LOL Maybe I’m being a little over dramatic, but I do like to keep my shelves organized and it can be frustrating when I do spot a cover change T_T

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5. Brought books to vacation just in case – Well . . . you never know when you might need it right? Who am I kidding? With my family, there is barely enough time to sleep when I am on vacation so when will I even find the time to read? And despite knowing this, I still bring a couple books in my suitcase!

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6. Glared when people try to talk to me when I am reading – Just to clarify, this tends to happen with people I know and not with strangers haha Even if I purposely place myself in seclusion to read my novel, someone would think this is the perfect opportunity to start a conversation and ask questions about something I do not particularly have any interest in. Of all times, WHY NOW???

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7. Bought an extra a copy of the book in Hard Cover so my series are uniform – Hey now, don’t give that look. I’m sure this happens to the best of us . . . . In my case, this was because my Falling Kingdom series were all in hardcover except the first book so when I found the first book in hardcover in a local book sale, I immediately grabbed it!

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8. Forgot to Turn the Stove Off – Let’s face it. Sometimes we are just a little too invested in our books. A similar situation happened to me when I was heating up milk on the stove and it ended up overflowing and creating a mess . . . my Mom was not happy hehehe Not sure what gif to use for this one soooo:

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9. The amount of hours I spend working on my blog – As bloggers, it is necessary for us to be consistent with our posts and network with other bloggers in order to learn and grow our own blog. Long story short – It takes a lot of effort and time to maintain a blog and I feel like I am constantly preparing posts or scheduling times on my calendar on when to release my final drafts.

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10. Hiding books from the FAM – So there was a period of time where I did not own bookshelves so a lot of my books were just scattered all over my room. And whenever my parents would saunter in, they would often give a look of clear judgement. So when I noticed my collection was growing,  I did what any logical person would do – I “cleaned” up by hiding a couple in my closet or dresser. I mean. . . what are you going to do?

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I hope you all enjoyed this post, I had so much fun writing this. Any of you done outrageous things for the love of books? And if you completed the Top Ten prompt for this week, link it below and I will check it out! 🙂

Until next time, keep reading and I will see you all soon with another bookish post!

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Top Ten Tuesday – Favorite OST/ALBUMS

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It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday! For this week’s post, its an audio freebie so I decided to list my Top Ten Original Soundtracks and Albums/Artists.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Without further ado, here is my list:

 

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  1. BTS

If you have seen my previous posts, then this should be no surprise to you HAHA And if you are new here – Hi. Hello. Welcome 🙂  Let me introduce you to the artistic beauty that is BTS – a boy band from South Korea. My favorite would have to be the Love Yourself series which was something I was able to connect to with the intensity of the lyrics and the beauty of the musical composition. Such examples of the artistic quality of their music would be DNA and Serendipity, both which just stunning to listen to. I love that they could be dance tracks but they also have such magnificence within the lyrics. BTS also breaks the general stereotypes that boy bands only sing love songs with producing music which is empowering such as MIC DROP and IDOL. Other tracks I love include Outro Tear, Magic Shop and Answer: Love Myself which hold so much positivity and hope which is something that I am grateful for since it is difficult to maintain that attitude during the toughest points in your life. Being a true ARMY at heart, you better believe this girl is ready for their new album release on April 12th.

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  1. Black Panther

OK, I am in love with this film. Oscar worthy indeed! For this movie, I have to include both the original score as well as the album because they are equally amazing! All the Stars by SZA and Kendrick Lamar was my go-to song in 2018 and it still is today. I feel like I play it at least once every single day since it’s a song you can listen to whatever mood you are in. It’s uplifting, it’s beautiful, it’s powerful and OMG I love it! As for my favorite OST track, it would probably have to be the main theme Wakanda. Who can ever forget this iconic theme? And Killmonger! OMG I love that his theme has a hip hop vibe threaded into the track. It just suits the character so much. If you guys have not seen this movie yet, I highly recommend it because it’s awesome and everything you want in a movie! WAKANDA FOREVER!

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  1. Lion King

Oh gawd . . . I think I might tear up. If I were to share a bit of info about me, it is how much of an emotional impact this movie had on me. It brings back so much emotions, nostalgic memories (both happy and sad) and it’s just so powerful for an animated feature.  Hans Zimmer himself is just a Musical GOD in my opinion. Every track he created in this film has so much emotional weight that you can feel the anguish, pain, bliss, euphoria and empowerment. Some of my favorite tracks are Remember, Under the Stars and for the musical numbers, who can ever forget the majestic nature of Circle of Life and the humorous and joyful Hakuna Matata? I can’t wait to relive my childhood this July with the live action film! I will be bringing a bucket for my tears!

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  1. Kung Fu Panda

Since we are on the topic of Hans Zimmer’s musical brilliance, of course I had to mention Kung Fu Panda. Oogway’s theme is a track which resonates within my soul whenever I watch this film. With the addition of using the melancholy notes of the Ehru, it just tugs at your heartstrings. Its honestly one of favorite instruments ever!

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  1. Lord of the Rings/ The Hobbit

Whenever I hear Concerning Hobbits, I take a trip through memory lane. It’s so cute and fluffy and just puts your mind at rest – pretty much describes hobbits! I also adore the Breaking of the Fellowship. It’s a theme that was so iconic back in the day and it perfectly captures the emotions on screen. As for the Hobbit, I would definitely choose Sons of Durin – it’s so badass I can never forget that scene! Another track would be Courage and Wisdom – the one that broke my heart when I watched this in theaters.

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  1. Dunkirk

So no surprise, its Hans Zimmer again. Musical scores are composed in such a way to capture the emotion on screen and relay it to the audience and I think this is a perfect example of that phenomenon. The amount of sacrifice and power was just beautifully captured in tracks such as Home. And the escalating tension and danger was seen in tracks like Mole. And if you have not seen this film, please do since this is one of the most brilliantly done war films that perfectly captures heroism and the fight to conquer the darkness even with fear running through our blood.

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  1. Wonder Woman

This film not only made tremendous waves with the stunning introduction of a powerful female superhero but also with it’s complementary OST which is a combination of power, strength and wisdom and that just perfectly captures the essence of who Wonder Woman is. My favorite track would have to be No Man’s Land. This scene was EVERYTHING!! You don’t understand the amount of FEELss I went through when I saw this scene in theaters.

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  1. Titanic

There was a time when I was obsessed with this soundtrack and I still adore a few tracks from the album. Some of which include Never an Absolution, Hymn to the Sea and Rose. The intensity of these tracks completely captured the romance on screen and it’s no wonder it was such a commercial success.  And let’s be real, JACK was ultimate goals!!

“He saved me, in every way a person can be saved.” ❤

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  1. Mulan

Being the Disney fan I am, it’s no surprise I added another film created by this studio. Along with the Lion King, Mulan is another one of my favorite Disney films of all time! When I first watched this film, I saw the female protagonist was portrayed far differently than the other Disney princesses. She was awkward, humorous, and slightly clumsy and I was like OMG THAT’S ME!!! I swear I am so clumsy, I trip over AIR (Gawd I’m so lame).  And I saw the journey of this character who soon became the savior of CHINA. And I was enchanted and uplifted by this film! My favorite themes would have to be iconic Short Hair track which I am sure everyone who watched this movie remembers this scene! She was a complete BAWSE!

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  1. Chainsmokers

Closer was the track that started it all. Within time, I was completely captivated with their music! And a close second would be Paris. Although it wasn’t a title track which had much of hype, I just loved the magnificence of the musical composition and the instrumental bit at the end. It’s so uplifting and beautiful!

What are your favorite OSTs/Albums?

Until next time, keep reading and I will see you all soon with another bookish post!

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Throne of Glass Book Review (Spoiler Free)

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Author: Sarah J. Mass

Published: August 7th 2012 by Bloomsbury USA Children’s

Pages: 406

Genre: YA Fiction; Fantasy

Rating: 4/5

“You could rattle the stars. You could do anything, if you only dared.” 

I am so late this series, it’s really SAD hahaha I do believe that this was originally a loose Cinderella re-telling that eventually took flight with it’s own unique storyline in the future books. Overall, I did find this book to be a great start to the series despite some minor flaws. Regardless, I am positive that I will continue with the series and I cannot wait to learn more about our characters and the adventures to come 🙂

Summary (From GoodReads):

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her … but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead … quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

Characters:

CelaenaStrong, Determined, and Quite Hilarious – As soon as I read the first few pages of Celaena’s introduction, I knew I was going to enjoy her character. While it is true, she can be a bit rash and arrogant, I found it refreshing to see these qualities in a female lead. I think these characteristics add to her personality and make her more interesting to learn more about. Sarah definitely incorporated a lot of layers to Celaena’s character which gave her more depth. While being feared in a country for being a ruthless assassin, there were moments which she surprised you. For example, she was pretty much a book nerd and I found myself fangirling! Sorry but I just love it when our characters love to read! I honestly found myself to grow more curious about her and I hope to see more of her growth in the future novels.

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DorianCharming, Playful, Jovial – Another character who I loved to read about! Plus, he likes to read too! Hoorayyy! I loved how his relationship with Celaena grows throughout the novel. All of his witty moments were a pleasure to read about as well! One thing I did appreciate with Dorian was seeing a bit of character growth by the end of the novel and I hope to see more of his strength in the next book.

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ChaolBlunt, Skilled, Professional – I wish we had more scenes with Chaol since we couldn’t see much of his personality or backstory since he remained professional throughout the novel since he was Captain of the Guard. I felt that he was a bit restrained and was not in a position to share more information about him or his past/experiences with Celaena. Due to this issue, there was not much layers to his character so it was difficult for me to relate to him. I hope we can learn more about him in the future novels.

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NehemiaIntelligent, Brave, Strong – Besides having a great story line, relatable characters, and relevant themes/morals, an aspect I also enjoy seeing in books are strong female friendships. In the case with Celaena and Nehemia, their connection and growth over the novel is worth noting.

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Final Thoughts: 

In terms of the story line, it does resemble previous YA fiction, such as the Hunger Games with engaging in a competition, but I noticed that it did not focus too much on that aspect. The author did add an element of mystery to the story when she mentions the disappearance/slaying of the other competitors and it tends to peak your curiosity. This is where the story gains momentum, builds on the world and really pulls you into the novel. In addition, there is a bit of a love triangle but it was not overbearing as with other YA literature.

The writing was well done that everything flowed together and Sarah did her best to create cinematic images where you can visualize the scenes in your head. I also loved the playful banter between the characters which helped to lighten the atmosphere amidst the dark moments within the novel. In addition, Sarah also did a great job in adding complexity to the different relationships as the story progressed and it will be intriguing to see how these relationships grow in the upcoming novels.

Have any of you read Throne of Glass? What were your thoughts on it?

Until next time, keep reading and I will see you soon with another bookish post!

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