Pre-order Crimes of Grindelwald – SIGNED

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This is something I ran across when I visited London this summer, and I thought I’d share it since it might interest quite a few people.

If you pre-order the book

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
J.K. Rowling

from

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You will get it signed by MinaLima!

If you are wondering why I am telling you about this it is because MinaLima did the graphic design for the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts movies, as well as design the cover for the Fantastic Beasts script books. They do ship world-wide and have a lot of other Wizarding World products as well. And I have now pre-ordered the book (so excited!) and a set of post cards I want to frame.

To pre-order your copy
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The Crimes of Grindelwald

First Month in Scotland

Yes, I know I have been very, very inactive lately. But you know what, I’m in a new country exploring so I think it’s okay. This new country is the beautiful land of Scotland. I am in love.

I have only been here a month, but it feels like I’ve seen so much already. Isle of Skye was probably the most amazing so far. I still cannot believe that I really went there. I find myself go through the pictures I took and it is unbelievable. Did I really see that? Can I really take pictures like those?

I’ve also been to Edinburgh and some places in Glasgow. Today was a trip to 4 castles and I learned that is just a drop in a bucket. There are so many castles in Scotland, or around 2500 to be a bit more precise. They were beautiful.

These are some bits and pieces of what I’ve been doing this past month. Studies have started as well, so to get into it has taken some time but I finally feel like I know what is happening. Now I only have the whole autumn to look forward to! An autumn filled with new experiences and adventures. I will try to read something as well, but to be honest, my priorities are on experiencing everything Scotland has to offer.

Evna

evna kraftenEvna (Ravneringene #3) by Siri Pettersen

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

You know how things just go to sh*t for the main characters and you are certain they’ve hit the bottom, but they just continue falling? That was basically half of this book. Nothing went the right way and I just couldn’t see how the situation was supposed to turn around. But when it did turn, om my, it did turn.

So, this was the last book in the Ravneringene (Raven Rings) trilogy. I am a bit sad it ended already, but it was a good ending, no, a great ending. It tied everything together and gave the main characters what was needed. I will definitely revisit this world many times and hope Siri Pettersen will publish more books soon. I also hope this series will be translated into English soon (saw a few days ago the cover for the Hebrew translation, and oh my it looked awesome).

Not much more I want to say since this is the third and final book. But if you have the chance to some day pick this up I urge you to do so. Norway is a beautiful fantasy setting.


Everyone in Ginnungad knew who she was, since she seemed to be the symbol for everything they hated. She was the great hope of the Dreyri. The proof of their right to supreme rule.

Dreysil, the first land, is a cold world where weakness is looked down upon. It is also a part of Hirka’s heritage, her fathers home world, where she has returned to in order to save Ymslanden and Rime. But the stiff-borns’ thirst for the Force is enormous and Hirka soon realises that the wars she wants to prevent are unavoidable.

-Translated from Goodreads

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TBR & Wrap Up: July and August/September 2018

Have read mostly manga and webcomics over the summer, so let’s see if I can find everything I’ve put my nose in during the warm months of the year^^ (Also, I forgot to do this for the July/August month change, so that’s why I’ve bunched them together for the wrap up section of this post.)


July & August 2018
Finished

Icefall: Episodes 1-6 (The Clearsky Chronicles #1) by Walt Stone and Mica Stone
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Portal of a Thousand Worlds by Dave Duncan
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A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.5) by Sarah J. Maas
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Sip It by Britta Lundin
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Daughter of the Siren Queen (Daughter of the Pirate King #2) by Tricia Levenseller
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Evna (Ravneringene #3) by Siri Pettersen
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Aoharu x Machinegun (chapters 1-61), by NAOE
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A Silent Voice (chapters 1-30) by Yoshitoki Oima
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Horimiya (chapters 1-91) by  Hero & Daisuke Hagiwara
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Currently Reading
(webcomics)

Let’s Play by Mongié

Here U Are by DJunn

Unintentional Love Story by Pibi

My Secret Brother by Willow

Kakao 79 % by Aoi Umi


September 2018
TBR

Epoch Shift (The Histories of Newten #1) by Jake Lingwall
12 %

Wrath of Empire (Gods of Blood and Powder #2) by Brian McClellan

Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1) by Kendare Blake


What did you read during summer?
What do you want to read in September?

Let’s talk books!

Anime Recommendations

Oh my, oh yes, I have fallen into the deep dark hole that is only for anime and manga, and I love it! ❤ I think I should try to crawl back up soon though… Anyhow, since I am here, in the hole, I think it’s only fitting I drag some of you down with me by recommending a few different things, starting with anime in this post. Ain’t that how fangirls show love, dragging people down with them?

Also, before I start, I have a account on MyAnimeList, so there you can check out what else I’ve been watching.


Haikyuu!!

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Starting with the one that pulled me in. Yes, this falls under the sport anime genre, but don’t let that put you off. Compared to watching sports, this is something else. You follow a group of high schoolers as they fight their way up through tournaments, making both friends and enemies on the way. Lot’s of humour mixed with will to fight until the end. It is innocent and serious at the same time. Love it so much!

And if you don’t get Go! Go! Let’s go! Let’s Go! Date-ko! stuck in your head, I don’t know where it went wrong 😅

Overlord

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SO MUCH BETTER THAN SWORD ART ONLINE! This, I didn’t know what to expect, but I have fallen head over heels for this one. It is so much cooler, and I just want to see what happens to Momonga in this new world.

Oh yeah, what is this about? It is one of these stories where the main character gets trapped inside a game. However, this is a very well done one. And the title and ending songs for season 1 are my life atm.

Aoharu x Machinegun

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Somehow I wanted to see a crossdressing anime, or more specifically, a girl being mistaken for a boy. Found this one, and oh my oh my. I was a bit put off at first by all the guns, but the story is so good I just had to continue.

The story follows Tachibana, who always gets mistaken for a boy. She gets dragged into playing survival games (air soft) but her team doesn’t realise she’s a girl. Somehow it just never comes up until she just feel stupid if she were to tell them. A lot of hilarious moments happens due to this 😂 However, it does go pretty dark at times… very dark… Still, it is amazing, fun, and sadly only 1 season.

Yuri!!! on Ice

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I needed more sports anime after Haikyuu!!, Kuroko no Basket and Free! and I stumbled upon this one. I have never been interested in figure skating, but I thought, why not? It is different, but oh my it pulled at my heart strings. This contains everything a fangirl needs to survive. And we might get a second season (or movie) at some point!

Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii

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A friend recommended this to me. It follows four otaku (Wikipedia: Japanese term for people with obsessive interests) working in the same office and just tells their story. It is fun, easy-going and quite different from what I usually watch. Kind of like a sit-com. But adorable and very relatable for anyone that has a little bit of an otaku heart.

Also, the intro is a-d-o-r-a-b-l-e! One of the few intros I never skip (the Yuri!! on Ice intro being another one).

Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch

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This is my baby. This is maybe one of my absolute favourites. And A 3rd SEASON IS IN THE MAKING! Cannot wait! Anyhow, it is set in an alternative universe, where the superpower Britannia rules most of the western world. Japan is called Area 11 and is a colony. A high school student called Lelouch is living a quite privileged life but he is a bit bored. One day, however, he gets stuck in the middle of the conflict between rebels and the army, this changes his life.

Having been blessed (or cursed?) by the power of Geass during the conflict, he takes it upon himself to lead the rebels and take down Britannia. “The only ones who should kill, are those who are prepared to be killed.” – Lelouch


What anime have you been watching lately?
Do you watch anime?

Daughter of the Siren Queen

Daughter of the Siren QueenDaughter of the Siren Queen (Daughter of the Pirate King #2) by Tricia Levenseller

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Finished this some time ago but haven’t taken the time to write a review before now. Better late than never, am I right? 😁

This book felt quite different to the first one, probably because you actually spent time with the crew this time instead of just hearing about them. Loved that aspect! The crew is maybe the best part of this book, I’d love to travel with them.

Well, I am not going to talk about the crew any more than this (since I would have to check up their names and I since I am writing this on my phone I can’t be bothered to google), but if/when you read this book, you get to enjoy them😊 Instead I will talk about the rest of the book.

After finishing it I had some conflicting feelings. On one hand I liked it very much, but on the other it felt like it wasn’t enough. Loved to see more of the sirens, loved that we (finally) got to meet her dad, loved that she was doubting herself seriously… But even though there were so many good things, I think I wanted more. More text, more… Story.

Yes, it is a short and quick read, and it would be perfect for getting out of reading slumps. But nothing gets fleshed out very much, which leaves me wanting more and feeling like things are happening to fast and to easily.

Anyway, it is a fun read and I hope Tricia Levenseller writes more books with kick-ass female leads and a quick pacing.


There will be plenty of time for me to beat him soundly once I’ve gotten what I came for.

Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship.

More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.

– Goodreads

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Mid-Year Freak Out 2018

Jeez I am late to this party! My annual tradition that is supposed to happen in the end of June / beginning of July now takes part halfway through August. I am ashamed. Well, what else to do than to shake of the shame and do it now? I will, however, set the rule that I cannot chose books I’ve finished after the end of June. Let’s see how it goes.

Previous years’ posts: 2016 & 2017


Best book I’ve read so far in 2018

Odinsbarn

All the praise to this book! Odinsbarn by Siri Pettersen is a Norwegian masterpiece and some amazing Nordic fantasy. Inspired by the Nordic folklore it feels quite different to other, more traditional style, fantasy. Very refreshing. A good aspect is also the move away from the stereotypical, medieval European setting.

Oh if you didn’t notice, this is a book and series I have seriously fallen in love with. Read it, love it, and tell the world about it. Sadly only available in these languages: Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Czech, Polish, Italian and German.

Read my review here.

Best sequel I’ve read so far in 2018

Tower of DawnTower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas, without question. It was the first book of the year I’ve read, and I loved it! I remember being very unsure of how good it was gonna be, but then I read it and oh my it blew through my expectations. Waiting and waiting for the last book… Soon. So soon.

I won’t tell any more about this book here, since it is… number 6 in the series. Just know that this is a series that definitely is worth your time and it is a series easy to fly through, no matter the size of the books.

Read my review here.

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

Oh my, how to chose? I have two and I cannot chose, so I’ll go with both. Hm… just realised, the covers kind of match.

Biggest disappointment

Not gonna give it a picture, but Salem’s Curse by Sydney Bristow was not what I thought it would be. Read my review here and you will understand me.

Biggest surprise

Daughter of the Pirate KingI was not prepared to read this one in one sitting, so it has to go to it – Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller. I got it from a Magic Chest Book Subscription Box back in 2017, but it took me some time to get to it (damn you TBR for growing out of control way too often). Glad I finally got to it though. It’s a fun, quick read with pirates and fighting and ships at sea. The hunt is for a legendary treasure, and nothing is as easy as it seems… Are you hooked yet?

(Oh I laughed at that, “Are you hooked yet?” 😂 Did not see the pun coming. Sorry, I am tired writing this… It’s getting late.)

Read my review here.

Favourite new author

That has to be Siri Pettersen. Reading the last book in the Ravneringene trilogy at the moment and just hoping she will write more fantasy soon.

Newest fictional crush

Do I have a crush in anything I’ve read these last few months? No-one stands out. Well, I kind of fell back into an old crush – Chaol Westfall, Tower of Dawn – but since it’s not new it doesn’t count.

Newest favourite character

Teach, from Icefall, definitely. He’s cool, hes the mentor, and he is more bad-ass than one would think. So yes, definitely one of my new favourites.

Book that made me cry

Koe no KatachiNothing has made me cry (I rarely cry whilst reading) but I’ve had the most feels when reading the manga Koe no Katachi (A Silent Voice) by Yoshitoki Ooima. It tells the story of a bully and his deaf victim. It is a very tragic story about regret, mental health and changes in people. It deals with very heavy subjects and does contains both violence and suicide attempts, so beware. It is however quite a beautiful story and following the changes in the bully, especially,  is what had kept my interest going.

It is a completed manga, so you won’t have to wait for new chapters each month. I have read around half of it at this point and I do recommend it a lot. Find it on MyAnimeList here.

Book that made me happy

Aoharu x KikanjuuFor this I have to go with another manga, oh my I almost cried of laughter! Aoharu x Kikanjuu (Aoharu x Machine Gun) by NAOE, oh my. Somehow I got into the cross dressing genre of anime (don’t ask how or why, it just happened) and I stumbled upon this gem. Saw the first (and only) season and just had to get more, so I picked up the manga. And I have to say, it is incredible and Tachibana is an amazing lead!

So, it tells the story of high schooler Tachibana and how she, due to ridiculous circumstances, gets involved in air soft fighting. And somehow it just doesn’t gets revealed that shes a girl.

Be warned however, even though there is a sh*t ton of humour, this series also goes very, very dark at times. I didn’t expect it at all, but it gives depth and makes the stakes higher for Tachibana and her team Toy GunGun. Great manga and great anime! And it is possible to do it as I did, and watch the anime first and then continue with the manga. Find it on MyAnimeList here.

Favourite book to film adaptation

I don’t watch that many movies! OH my, what have I even seen this year? Anything based on anything? I’m sorry, drawing a bank… But… I can chose TV-series? I will do that. So, please, everyone watch Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency on Netflix, it is amazing. Just, go with the flow, it is very weird.

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Favourite post I’ve done this year

Let’s see… It’s been a very inconsistent year when it comes to blogging, but what have I written? Finding My Way to Write and Writing Characters are maybe my top ones. I got back into writing and had so much fun doing it! Now I want to write more…

Most beautiful book I’ve bought this year

Icefall

Going with cover aesthetic, but Icefall by Walt Stone and Mica Stone is good as well. Read my review here.

New release I haven’t read yet but want to

Wrath of Emipre by Brian McClellan! (Picture below.) Oh I am ashamed! It came out back in March and I still have it downloaded on my phone. Need to listen to the audiobook soon…

What book I need to read by the end of the year

  • Evna (Ravneringene #3) by Siri Pettersen
  • Wrath om Empire (Gods of Blood and Powder #2) by Brian McClellan
  • Epoch Shift (The Histories of Newten #1) by Jake Lingwall

And there we go, another half-year over and looked at. I don’t get it how I left it to be 1½ month late, but well, now it is done. I’ve read quite a few different things. Feels nice. Now onward to the next half of 2018!

What’s your favourite book this year?
What do you still want to read in 2018?

Icefall

IcefallIcefall by Walt Stone & Mica Stone

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

I got this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviw.

This was such a good read! Sci-fi, natural disaster, big brother watching everything… and the main characters don’t even know half of it.

The world was very well developed and I liked how it was introduced. You got tidbits of information throughout the story and the world slowly took shape before your eyes. What really made this work well was that you weren’t thrown into the most high tech section at the start, but instead got introduced to the high tech by a character that himself wasn’t too familiar with the more high tech of the high tech stuff.

It took a while before you actually knew where this story was heading, but even though you went half the book not knowing, there was still a lot going on which kept my interest.

Definitely recommend it! I rarely read sci-fi myself, but this was great!


ALICE is not a girl.
When she arrives, she will save everyone on Earth from certain death.
Or she will kill them all.

What remains of mankind clings to the high ground of a world flooded and trapped in a perpetual ice age. Cerebus Command, the rulers of Rhone, the fortress ark storing Earth’s carefully preserved biomes, wants nothing to do with the plan to break the shroud hanging above the planet.

But any good plan will have a secret backup… just in case.

Odessa, a nineteen-year-old MEDcadet, witnesses the murder of her anatomy professor and finds herself in fear for her life. Fighting recurring panic attacks while sailing from her home on Rhone across the Eastern Sea to Earthland, Odessa manages to keep what she’s seen to herself. To her horror, however, when the vessel docks, she and her podmates—two who, like Odessa—are genetically engineered, are arrested by the very security force who committed the crime.

Reynal Królik, an eighteen-year-old trading post sled driver on Earthland, longs for Clearsky, though he’s never known anything but the gray shroud that darkens the atmosphere. After he and his fellow messengers foil an assassin’s attempt to kill Odessa and her companions, he whisks them away, only to discover he and she are tangled up on opposite sides of the same secret mission to slam an asteroid into Earth—one for which Rey will be the asteroid driver.

Rey and Odessa—along with their friends and a dangerous outlaw—race against time to escape Earthland, but can they evade Cerebus’ flagship war zeppelin in order for Rey to complete the task for which he was destined? A destiny Odessa was taught to deny and will fight to prevent?

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London, WBStudioTours and Cursed Child

How can it already be a month ago? I do not know. But a month has gone by since I came home from London. Now I am finally getting to writing this promised blog post.

Houses of Parliament

This was my second time in London and my bf’s first, which meant we did check out all the locations and tourist spots. Buckingham Palace, Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, Natural History Museum, Tower of London, King’s Cross, etc. I think we walked close to 15 000 steps each day, despite having and using the Oyster Card. Oh my, I don’t understand how my feet didn’t give up.

I will not talk about those thing here though. This is a book blog after all. But I will talk about the book related stuff, or to be honest, the Harry Potter related stuff.

WBStudioTours – The Making of Harry Potter

The Making of Harry Potter

We kind of kicked off our week with WB Studio Tours – The Making of Harry Potter. Second time and let me tell you, I will visit again. It was even better than the first time I went. And not just because of the (to me) new additions – the Forbidden Forest, the Hogwarts Express and Butter Beer Ice Cream – it is just the experience. I could take everything in so much easier since I had seen it already once. I was as amazed, noticing things I hadn’t seen or forgotten about since last time. And yes, again I almost started crying seeing the Hogwarts miniature. But, as it is said, a picture says more than a thousand words, so here you go…

Ravenclaw table in the Great Hall
Tour Theme: Goblet of Fire🔥
Albus Dumbledore in his office
New for me, Plattform 9 3/4
Harry and Ron in the Hogwarts Express
How I would like to take this train to school…
Letters…
A print of this to hang on the wall would be nice.
Ollivander’s. Sadly it was closed.
THIS is my Patronus ❤️
Mischief Manged…
Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.

House of MinaLima

House of MinaLima

Thank you internet for telling me about this place! It is just behind Palace Theatre (where Curse Child is playing) and it is a place almost as amazing as the studio tour. I didn’t understand how much work is needed of an graphic designer to make movies like the Harry Potter ones. Incredible. And this house, small, crooked floors, filld with art, has a lot of magic in it. And it is free! If you’re ever in London, go there.

Also, you can preorder The Crimes of Grindelwald signed! Might do it… Might still do it…

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

So we kind of begun our trip with Harry Potter, and we did end it with Harry Potter as well. And the main reason we went to London was I HAD GOTTEN TICKETS TO CURSED CHILD!! So the last two evenings of our trip was spent at Palace Theatre, on West End, in London, watching Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

I still do not understand that I got tickets (back in April 2017) and that I’ve finally seen it (end of June 2018). I do have some issues with the story (anyone else especially annoyed with the Trolley Witch???) but oh my what a great play it was! The magic on stage was… Beyond anything I’ve seen before. I didn’t expect there to be that much magic, they had even put in smaller, everyday magic and not just for the big scenes.

I won’t say more, since #KeepTheSecrets, but even if you’ve read the book and weren’t the biggest fan, this play was worth every single penny I spent on it, so go watch it if you have the opportunity. #ScorpiusIsAmazing

And that was the main points of my trip to London. Or, the three things I’d like to visit again. But enough with travel now, soon some more bookish post are coming. Until then, don’t forget to fangirl over something. ❤️

A Court of Frost and Starlight

A Court of Frost and StarlightA Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.5) by Sarah J. Maas

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I think I know who the main characters will be in the next instalments! And I approve. Oh my, I do approve. It’ll be awesome. And to think I had plans to leave this series after A Court of Wings and Ruin

Anyways, this is more of a novella, a bridge between two parts of the series. It deals with the aftermath of the war with Hybern, with a focus on the personal challenges. Everyone deals with traumas as Velaris is slowly being rebuilt. You get to see the story from some new people’s perspective, and suddenly you have a greater understanding for them.

It did a good job, especially in the later half, with capturing my interest and planting the seeds for the new chapter to the story.


Hope warms the coldest night.

Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve.

Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated–scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.

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