Sunday, 16 June 2019

Weekly Recap: 6/10 - 6/16

Weekly recap is where I update you on my life, reading and watching. Plus any posts I have done or will do.

This past week wasn't very eventful. I did go to see Aladdin on Friday with a friend and I loved it. It's probably my favorite Disney live action movie as of yet. I will be writing a movie review of it that will be up this coming week.

I didn't get too much reading or writing done this week but I'm hoping to get more done in the coming week.

Now, let's get into recapping.


New Books

Purchased:



Library: 



Received for Review: 




In Case You Missed It
This Week I Read

 


This Week I Watched



This Week I Listened To 

Aladdin Live Action Soundtrack
The Phantom of the Opera Soundtrack
Just a Girl by No Doubt
Don't Speak by No Doubt
Sucker by The Jonas Brothers
ME! by Taylor Swift ft. Brendon
Noir State Beach by Xu Xu Fang
The Struggle by Grizfolk
Go by Meg Myers
Mercy by Hurts
Battle Cry by Imagine Dragons
Daddy Lessons by Riverdale Cast
Low Key by Ally Brooke


Next Week I'm Reading



Upcoming Reviews




Upcoming Posts


Monday: TBD

Tuesday: TBD

Wednesday: TBD

Thursday: TBD

Friday: TBD

Saturday: TBD

Sunday: Weekly Recap



Around the Blog Community

Tracy over at Cornerfolds did a review of Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson. 

Bekka over at Lock and Rose did the Mid Year Book Freakout Tag!


Book, Movie, and TV News 

Sarah J. Maas' House of Earth and Blood gets a new cover and synopsis. 

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

The Hummingbird Dagger by Cindy Anstey Book Review

This is a spoiler free review.



The Hummingbird Dagger
Written by Cindy Anstey
Genre: Young Adult/Historical Fiction
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release Date: April 16, 2019
Pages: 352
Source: Library
Places to Get this Book: Amazon Barnes and Noble Book Depository

Recommended Age: 13 and up!


Summary:

1833. After young Lord James Ellerby witnesses a near-fatal carriage accident on the outskirts of his estate, he doesn't think twice about bringing the young woman injured in the wreck to his family's manor to recuperate. But then she finally regains consciousness only to find that she has no memory of who she is or where she belongs.

Beth, as she takes to calling herself, is an enigma even to herself. She has the rough hands of a servant, but the bearing and apparent education of a lady. Her only clue to her identity is a gruesome recurring nightmare about a hummingbird dripping blood from its steel beak.

With the help of James and his sister, Caroline, Beth slowly begins to unravel the mystery behind her identity and the sinister circumstances that brought her to their door. But the dangerous secrets they discover in doing so could have deadly ramifications reaching the highest tiers of London society.

(Summary from Goodreads)

Review:

Cindy Anstey writes some of my favorite young adult historical fiction novels. The Hummingbird Dagger is a lot different from her previous books as it is a lot slower and filled with more mystery and intrigue.

COVER

I like how the cover portrays the darker tones of the book and the mystery aspect. The use of red and black on the cover really contribute to the mystery and darker parts of the plot.

WORLD-BUILDING

The Hummingbird Dagger is historical fiction so it is of course set in our world however specifically, it is set in 1833, Regency London.

Then there are the characters.


BETH

Beth loses her memory in a carriage accident at the beginning of the book and the first name she thinks of is the name Beth so that is what everyone calls her for the majority of the book. She is an alluring character who is mysterious simply due to the fact that she doesn't have any memory of her life. She is also a very sweet and kind character who never lets herself be seen as a damsel in distress or weak in any way. She's a very strong female character who displays that strength multiple times throughout the book.

CAROLINE

Caroline is James' sister who is another strong and likable female character. She takes Beth under her wing as her companion and they quickly become close friends. Caroline is very supportive and accepting towards Beth who is someone she had never met before but she doesn't hesitate to help Beth.

JAMES

James is the love interest for Beth as well as Caroline's sister. James was very kind and protective towards Beth and Caroline throughout the story. He was also a very smart and sensitive hero that really makes you like his character.

FRIENDSHIP/FAMILY

James and Caroline's sibling relationship was very realistic. They really cared about each other and were an accurate relationship of a sibling relationship. They also have a younger sibling, Walter, who was a little bit of a troublemaker. I really liked their whole family dynamic.

PLOT

The Hummingbird Dagger is about Lord James Ellerby who witnesses a carriage accident right near his estate. Beth, who was injured in the accident, is taken to his family's manor in order to recuperate. However, when she regains consciousness, she has no memory of who she is. She calls herself Beth as it's the first name that comes to her mind and she is apparently a lady, however, the only clue to her identity is a nightmare involving a hummingbird dagger. She gains help from James and his sister in order to begin to unravel the mystery behind her identity. This book is full of mystery and intrigue and though the plot isn't super fast-paced, it still kept my interest throughout the whole thing. I was so wrapped up in trying to solve the mystery before they solved it, that I couldn't possibly be bored.

ROMANCE

The romance between James and Beth is very slow-burn which I liked. Beth doesn't know who she really is and doesn't want to fool James or Caroline. The same goes for James who doesn't want to enter into a relationship with Beth in case she's already engaged. I thought their relationship was sweet and I liked how it took a backseat to the darker tones of the plot.

WRITING

Cindy Anstey's writing is always so lyrical and sophisticated. I love how she is able to make it fit perfectly well with the time period of the piece. Some of her British words and terms are unfamiliar and yet they are easy to understand from the context. Her hard work and effort that undoubtably went into the writing of this book really shows.

FINAL THOUGHTS

The Hummingbird Dagger is a regency mystery filled with intrigue, interesting characters and a slowburn romance. I really enjoyed the mystery and the characters and I highly recommend it to fans of historical fiction and fans of Cindy Anstey's other books.

Quotes from the Book:

None Yet






My Rating: 4 out of 5 Crowns

Sunday, 9 June 2019

Weekly Recap: 6/3 - 6/9

Weekly recap is where I update you on my life, reading and watching. Plus any posts I have done or will do.

This week was kind of boring as I didn't do much. On Monday, I went out for smoothies and to get my nails done with some friends and on Tuesday I went to the Zoo to visit my old sponsors from my Internship last year. I did go to the library on Saturday and got a bunch of books which I am very excited about reading.

I got so much reading done this week which I'm really happy with and I also got three blogposts up which I'm really proud of.

Now, let's get into recapping.


New Books

Purchased:

 

Library: 



 


Received for Review: 



In Case You Missed It
This Week I Read




This Week I Watched



This Week I Listened To 

Aladdin Live Action Soundtrack
The Phantom of the Opera Soundtrack
Just a Girl by No Doubt
Don't Speak by No Doubt
Sucker by The Jonas Brothers
ME! by Taylor Swift ft. Brendon
Noir State Beach by Xu Xu Fang
The Struggle by Grizfolk
Go by Meg Myers
Mercy by Hurts
No Scrubs Cover by Unlike Pluto
Battle Cry by Imagine Dragons
Daddy Lessons by Riverdale Cast
Low Key by Ally Brooke


Next Week I'm Reading




Upcoming Reviews




Upcoming Posts


Monday: TBD

Tuesday: TBD

Wednesday: TBD

Thursday: TBD

Friday: TBD

Saturday: TBD

Sunday: Weekly Recap



Around the Blog Community

CG over at PaperFury did a post about 10 Things Learned During Her Debut Year!

Tracy over at Cornerfolds did a discussion talking about whether or not book bloggers have to review every book. 

Bekka over at Lock and Rose did her a post about her Top 10 Retellings. 

Fadwa over at Word Wonders did her May Wrap-Up!


Book, Movie, and TV News 

None This Week 

Saturday, 8 June 2019

MAY '19 WRAP-UP


Time for another wrap up!

May was a complicated month for me as I had final exams as well as moved out of college. Then I had my wisdom teeth removed near the end of the month and that was not fun at all. I'm surprisingly still recovering but I am doing so much better.

I didn't read a ton of books this month but I did enjoy most of the books that I did read.

 Anyways...

Time to talk about the books I read this month.


PHYSICAL BOOKS


The first book I read was The Afterward by E.K. Johnston.  I had such high expectations for this book and I was a little disappointed. I loved the representation that we got but I thought that the story dragged a little bit. This was about two heroes who have returned from a quest and were trying to go back to normal society. I thought the concept was pretty cool and I liked how it had two female leads but I didn't love it as much as I wanted to. I rated this one 3 Crowns. 

The second book I read was The Hummingbird Dagger by Cindy Anstey. Cindy Anstey's books are some of my favorite historical fiction books. This book was about James who witnesses a carriage accident and saves a young woman who says her name is Beth, however she has no memory when she regains consciousness.  With the help of James and his sister, Caroline, Beth begins to unravel the mystery that is her life and figure out what actually happened to lead to the carriage accident. I rated this one 4 Crowns. 

The third book I read was A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. I read this in order to watch the TV show and I was very pleasantly surprised. This is about Diana Bishop who is descended from an old/distinguised line of witches. Diana is a history scholar who unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript from the Oxford library and she banishes the book back to the stacks as she wants nothing to do with sorcery. However, her discovery sets vampires, witches and daemons descending upon the library and herself. I loved this book a lot and ended up rating it 5 Crowns. 




The fourth book I read was Furyborn by Claire Legrand. I have been trying to read this book for awhile now and I could never get into it until this month. This is about two women, centuries apart, who are fighting in a cosmic war that spans millenia. Rielle Dardenne exposes herself as one of the prophesied queens: a queen of light, and a queen of blood, when she saves her best friend from assassins. She has to go through trials to prove she's the Sun Queen or she'll be executed. A thousand years later, Eliana Ferracora is a bounty hunter for the Empire until her mother vanishes. She then joins a rebel captain to find her and discovers how terrible the evil at the empire's heart really is. I ended up really enjoying this book and rated it 4 Crowns. 

The fifth book I read was Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. I have had this book on my shelf for years and never picked it up because I thought the time to read these kinds of books had long passed, however, I picked it up this month and ended up flying through it. This book is about Lissa who is a mortal vampire princess who must be protected at all times. She's protected by her best friend, Rose. After two years of freedom, the two of them are dragged back to St. Vladimir's Academy, a school for vampire royalty and their guardians, which is hidden in Montana. However, inside there is even more danger. I rated this book 4 Crowns. 

AUDIOBOOKS READ


The only audiobook that I listened to in May was The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco. I wrote a full review of this book however it didn't go up during May but I'll link it here. I ended up really enjoying the audiobook. The narrators really helped bring the characters to life and even though the plot was pretty slow, the audiobook helped move it along. I rated it 5 Crowns.

ARC'S READ

NONE


REVIEWS IN MARCH + APRIL: 

An Affair of Poisons by Addie Thorley Book Review

The Black Coats by Colleen Oakes Book Review


WEEKLY WRAP-UP:




DISCUSSIONS/OTHER:




FAVORITE COVER OF THE MONTH:



NEW FICTIONAL BAE'S: 

Matthew from A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Simon from Furyborn by Claire Legrand

Dimitri from Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Christian from Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead


NEW FAVORITE FEMALES: 

Tea from The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

Beth from The Hummingbird Dagger by Cindy Anstey

Diana from A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Eliana from Furyborn by Claire Legrand

Rose from Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Lissa from Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

NEW FAVORITE BOOK RELATIONSHIPS: 

James and Beth from The Hummingbird Dagger by Cindy Anstey

Diana and Matthew from A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Simon and Eliana from Furyborn by Claire Legrand

Christian and Lissa from Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Rose and Dimitri from Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

TV SHOWS I WATCHED THIS MONTH:




 



MOVIES I WATCHED THIS MONTH:


 



WHAT BOOKS I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH:



There's so many more but these are the main ones! 


NEW BLOG FINDS

NONE


SONGS ON REPEAT

Phantom of the Opera - Movie Soundtrack

Sucker - The Jonas Brothers

ME! - Taylor Swift ft. Brendon Urie

Kill this Love - BLACKPINK

Woman - Kesha

Stand Down - Little Mix

7 rings - Ariana Grande Album

Saturday Night - Panic! at the Disco

Mercy - Hurts

Go - Meg Myers

Sweet But Psycho - Ava Max

The Struggle - Grizfolk

The Edge of Glory - Lady Gaga

Daddy Lessons - Riverdale Cast


 BOOKS I WANT TO READ NEXT MONTH




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