Friday, 27 May 2016

2nd Blogversary & Giveaway (INT)

Just like last year, I planned a giveaway for weeks and then wrote the actual blogversary post the day of... It worked out in the end!

So, as you might have guessed, today is Enchanted by YA's second anniversary!!

Monday, 16 May 2016

ARC Review: The Crown's Game (The Crown's Game #1) by Evelyn Skye

26156203Goodreads Synopsis:
Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love... or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear... the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

Friday, 13 May 2016

Feature & Follow Friday (5): Blurbs that Hook You

Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee & Alison Can Read. The goal of this blog hop is to gain followers, discover new blogs, and make new friends! For more details visit their sites.

This Week's Prompt: Ten Book Blurbs That Got You Hooked

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Audiobook Reviews & Discussion

Lately I've been listening to quite a few audiobooks and I've come to the conclusion, that I might just be more of a picky listener than a picky reader.

I gave the last 5 I listened to all 2 stars. I don't even remember the last time I gave such a low rating to a book (though it was probably at the beginning of the year or something... *she says remembering The Graveyard Book in February*)

thumbs down no big bang theory disagree
At first I thought the books simply weren't for me but the more I thought about it, other factors popped up:
·        Sometimes the voice doesn’t fit the character, or other characters when it changes. This includes when they try accents that sound over-exaggerated or obviously false.
·        Tropes, clich├ęs, word choices etc. are more noticeable and while I don’t understand why, it can put me off.
·        Even sped up, they’re loooong. It’s a commitment. So if the other elements don’t work, that’s a lot of time spent on something you’re not loving.

That said, it still falls down to the book. If I wouldn’t have enjoyed reading it, I also wouldn’t enjoy listening to it.

21847057Crystal Magic (Clearwater Witches #1) by Madeline Freeman
If you enjoy being able to predict every plot, character and word before it happens because the book consists of every YA trope you can think of (*ticking off fingers* love triangle, 'the chosen one', new town, dead parents, mysterious boy, mean girl, school dance *runs out of fingers*) then this is the book for you! Me, I'll pass.

Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles #1) by Kresley Cole
Did not finish at 10%
I haven't even made it to the apocalyptic event but I can't bring myself to listen to any more.
Somehow I don't remember signing up for an unnecessarily creepy prologue with seemingly nothing to do with the story, which is in fact about a self-obsessed 'everything is about me' girl with a terrible choice of friends that that rubs me up the wrong way.
Perhaps I haven't given it a fair chance, usually I would go longer before putting a book down for good, but unless someone tells me I'm making a huge mistake, I feel no regret over abandoning this book with the statement that it is not for me.

Are you a fan of audiobooks? Have you experienced anything I've mentioned? I'd love to know!