October 2017 TBR

So, what to read this month? In Finland we don’t celebrate Halloween really, so I have no Halloween feels (as you probably can see from my books of choice). Anyways, I’ve never been a seasonal reader. Right now I have some books I definitely want to get to, and a few I’m a bit interested in. But I won’t make any promises to anyone.

The books I definitely want to read
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
  • The Soul Keeper Series by L.A. Starkey
  • The Darkness that Slept by Tristen Kozinski & Keegan Kozinski
Other interesting books
  • Odinsbarn by Siri Pettersen
  • A Dance of Cloaks by David Dalglish
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

What do you want to read in October?

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September 2017 Wrap Up

So, I finished 2 books this month, and I do feel quite good about it 🙂 They have been good books so I definitely managed to get quality over quantity this month! I also almost finished the first book in Soul Keeper Series by L.A. Starkey, but almost is not enough for a wrap up, so that has to wait until next month. Anyways, these are the two books I finished this month:

Chosen of Trees and of Talons

Chosen of Trees and of TalonsChosen of Trees and of Talons (The Eagles of Eldara #1) by Jeff Pryor

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I got a copy of this from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This was a very different read. I am not sure about what to think about it but what I can say with absolute certainty is that I really enjoyed it.

The story is told through the eyes of a whole bunch of characters, and you never spend a lot of time with just one of them. This makes for an interesting read and you get to know all of them on a deeper level, but it also makes it a bit confusing. However, I did get used to it after a while and you always place the character after at least a few paragraphs. I should note that I am bad with names in real life as well, for me it is a lot easier to remember what happens to a character than their name.

In the story we mainly follow a group of Arneisian boys who are chosen by the Ones in a very Hunger Games inspired moment (they are not chosen on random though, and you cannot volunteer). Those chosen are taken from the village and never seen again. Keeping up with them is a bit confusing, since we get to see the story play out from the point of view of all the characters, but I loved getting to know all of them.

We also follow a family living in a forest. There’s a lot of secrets and things that has to be told at the right time surrounding them that will keep you intrigued. The forest itself probably sits on a lot of secrets that you only get a glimpse of in this book. It is very Fangorn (Lord of the Rings) inspired, but I like that there are differences.

The final big story we follow is Twilla and her husband’s. Living outside of the control of the Ones they know the Truth and have heard the prophesies of what’s to come. Through them we also get a glimpse of what is going on and how much is on the line.

This first book creates a good starting point for a story that will just become more and more epic throughout the series. It has a very different writing style, jumping between characters all the time, and moves forward quickly. Definitely good if you want to mix up the classical fantasy writing style and go for something that tells you what’s going on and doesn’t dwell on things.


“Hope is a fragile thread. 

Imprisoned for over four-hundred years, the Arneisian people tenuously held onto that thread. Generations were born and generations died. Sons were Chosen and given to the sorcerers who imposed the chains of slavery on their people, hoping the one foretold would Return to lead them from their prison. The thread of hope is tested as a new group of boys is Chosen. Their secrets will free the Arneisians or break that thread forever. 

The survival of a magical forest is in the hands of a young brother and sister. A father refuses to accept their destiny, and fights to protect them from the dark creatures who hunt them. A husband and wife only hope to reunite as he leads an army while she attempts to uncover spies for her king. Their futures, as well as the fate of kingdoms, hang in the balance as a boy fights to fulfill his destiny amid the gathering storms of war. “

– Goodreads

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Celebrity

Celebrity in the wizarding world is a strange thing. While some – like Lockhart – chase fame, others – like Harry – are far more reluctant. Both have a thirst to prove themselves, but for entirely different reasons.

– Pottermore

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
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Harry just not giving in to Lockheart has to be the best thing in this whole book! Love it! And can you appreciate enough the way Harry isn’t full of himself? It is amazing how down to earth he is, considering he got fame for “free”.

Mysteries from the start

There is so much mystery in this book, it feel like it sets everything up much more than it did in the first book. They do still have minor adventures (e.g. the Death Day Party) but it’s a lot longer the “something is happening but don’t know what” feeling.

The mystery is also very well done. Dobby showing up at Privet Drive and you know something is wrong. Then the portal to Platform 9¾ closes and boom, the Chamber of Secrets is opened. Overhanging doom already from the start. And then we have Lockheart who just brightens everyone’s day! I hope no one will experience such an incompetent teacher.

! have to be honest, chamber of secrets is not one of my favourite HP books, but oh it can be good! It is surpassing my expectations like crazy!


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Rip It or Ship It Book Tag

So, I filmed a bookshelf reorganisation video, and it went really well (at least at 12 minutes the clock was till ticking. But when I finished and checked, nothing was saved! *crying inside* This means that the wonderful reorganisation cannot be shown. But I am very happy with how my bookshelves turned out 🙂

Now I have to think of something else to write a blog post about. And what better than to do a tag that went around everywhere quite a while ago? I wasn’t tagged, but no one cares about that, so here we go – The Rip it or Ship it Book Tag!


Round 1
Celaena Sardothien (Throne of Glass) & Victoria (A Wizard’s Forge)

This is a tricky one… It might work, but I do think hey both are a bit too headstrong to be a good fit. I could see them having an on-off relationship though. Hm… It seems like I do ship them a little bit 😉

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Round 2
Raisa (Seven Realms) & Ka’Poel (Promise of Blood)

Yass! This I can see! This would be a awesome fit. They would rule the Queendom and no enemies could threaten them. Both are strong, powerful women that respect others while still telling you straight out what they want.

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Round 3
Harry Potter (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone) & Manon (Queen of Shadows)

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