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THE CITY OF BRASS (The Daevabad Trilogy #1) - by S. A. Chakraborty

THE CITY OF BRASS - S. A. Chakraborty
Published: 2017 - Harper Voyager.
Genres: Young adult / romance / fantasy / historical
Pages: 528.
Triggers/Content Advisory: Fantasy violence, some gore, and trauma.
Format: eBook ARC.
Source: Thank you so much to the publisher for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.
Step into The City of Brass, the spellbinding debut from S. A. Chakraborty—an imaginative alchemy of The Golem and the Jinni, The Grace of Kings, and One Thousand and One Nights, in which the future of a magical Middle Eastern kingdom rests in the hands of a clever and defiant young con artist with miraculous healing gifts. Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, healings—are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles. But w…

Weekly Round-Up: Preparing for NaNo (not...)

Prepping for NaNoWriMo. What a funny thought. Why would I do that when I can procrastinate instead?  Seriously, though, I have done a bit of prep. And done more relaxing and watching Netflix...  BUT! I feel confident. Hopefully I've done enough. 
And darn it, my mind's frazzled right now. I can't even remember how the week's been. I know I've had school to do - quite a lot - and I've also been working hard to get blog posts and social media stuff done before November. I want to get as much done now so when Nov comes, I can just write.  Hopefully. 
Posts of the week:  5 Mini Film Reviews! Book Review: INTO THE WATER Introducing my NaNoWriMo novel!

Finally finished The City of Brass! And hang it all, the review's gonna be hard. I am so conflicted. 

This book mail was a total surprise. I vaguely remember requesting it, but I never got a response so I just presumed I wasn't getting it.  And then it shows up on my doorstep! Yay! 

It's been a million years … NaNoWriMo novel!

Ah coffee. Isn't this image beautiful? It makes me so happy. 

BUT! There is more to this post than simply staring at that coffee. Because today....... I'm super excited to be introducing you all to my 2017 NaNoWriMo novel! For those of you who don't know, NaNo is a challenge that runs every November where you have to write a novel in a month - amounting to 50,000 words. I participated last year and learnt a lot, so I'm very eager to take part again this year. YAY!! *tries to be enthusiastic* And I'm also stressing because how is it almost November already? 

Title: Never (most definitely subject to change...) 
Genre: Fairy tale retelling / urban fantasy / horror / adventure / YA 
Synopsis: A story of the girl who would become Tinkerbell. She's pushed out of her old life to save her young brothers, and is forced to venture into the twisted horrors of Neverland to face not only her fears, but the nightmares of her past. And the ones of those around her. 
(I'm hy…

INTO THE WATER - by Paula Hawkins

INTO THE WATER - Paula Hawkins
Published: 2017 - by Transworld Publishers.
Pages: 353.
Genres: Adult / thriller / mystery  contemporary fiction /
Triggers/Content Advisory: Strong theme of rape including the actual incident, strong themes of abuse and suicide, and infrequent violence and bad language.
Format: Signed hardcover.
Source: Won from Readerswarehouse!
The author of the #1 New York Times bestseller and global phenomenon The Girl on the Train returns with Into the Water, her addictive new novel of psychological suspense. A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged. Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother’s sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged bac…

5 Mini Film Reviews!

I've watched a lot of films recently, but instead of doing a separate review for each (I don't have the time and I'm #lazy) I thought I'd do a collection of mini reviews. Like, really mini.

Hope you enjoy reading :)

Cast: Amanda Seyfried / Gary Oldman / Max Irons / Lukas Haas
Director: Catherine Hardwicke.
Content Rating/Advisory: PG 13 for violence, creature terror, and some sexuality.

Set in a medieval village that is haunted by a werewolf, a young girl falls for an orphaned woodcutter, much to her family's displeasure.

Dear aspiring filmmakers, aspiring directors, aspiring actors and actresses, aspiring writers, aspiring producers......
Let me present to you the movie that perfectly demonstrates what not to do when you make a movie.
Here are some tips on how this film could've been improved (like, if they ever do a remake BUT PLEASE SWEET MOTHER NO).

- Good looking male heroes are useful, but they need to be able to act. Brooding and show…

Weekly Round-Up: Reading and switching to Disqus

It's been a good week. School was actually bearable, I managed to get reviews up on my blog, and I had calamari and chips two nights in a row. There's this amazing fish and chips place near us, and getting from them is always an incredible treat. Their chips and calamari is TO DIE FOR. 

Posts of the week:  Book Review: WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI Book Review: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: LOST IN A BOOK Waiting on Wednesday #55 The Blog Squad: Part 27 Book Review: FINAL GIRLS

Yes, I'm still reading The City of Brass! It's not improving :(  I've also started Into the Water, and although it didn'tinitially win me over, I'm loving it now. 

Melissa talks writing Backstory for your Characters 
Lauren reviews Spindle Fire
Lauryn does the Character Fight to the Death tag
Greg reviews There's Someone Inside Your House
Emily discusses Crying or not crying when reading
Aneta shares her blog tour post for The Midnight Dance
Kyra reviews Ink and Bone
Shane reviews Remember Me Alw…