Monday, 25 August 2014

Some Exciting News: A Name Change + Moving to Wordpress

Hello all you lovely people, today I'm going to share with you some very exciting news! Before starting uni next year, and not being able to blog as often (or at least I assume), I've deiced to take the plunge and move to self-hosted wordpress! With this comes a wonderful new design that is being designed by the lovely Hazel of Stay Bookish, a new name (I had problems with my old domain registrar, so was forced to give the name Paperbacks & Protagonists up), which fits in wonderfully with the new design, and a lot of work today re: formatting posts. However, it's something I'm very excited about and I look forward to seeing you all over at my new blog. This will be my last post on this blog, so thank you all for making my first 6 months of blogging a wonderful experience.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Book Boyfriends

So, today I was going to write up a double book review for the first two books in the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. But, you know what? I'm not entirely sure if I want to review them or not. Maybe I'll just do a series wrap up...Anyway, I'm just not in the right mindset to do a review today, so I decided, why not do an easy and fun post? It is Sunday after all. Let me introduce you to my book boyfriends...(and yes, I've actually managed to order them in order of my love for them...although I do love them all a lot. A lot, a lot, a lot.)

Will Herondale
The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
Favourite quote: (It's obviously too hard to choose just one, but this is the first one that comes to mind...) 
"They're not hideous," said Tessa.
Will blinked at her. "What?"
"Gideon and Gabriel," said Tessa. "They're really quite good-looking, not hideous at all."
"I spoke," said Will, in sepulchral tones, "of the pitch-black inner depths of their souls."
Tessa snorted. "And what color do you suppose the inner depths of your soul are, Will Herondale?"
"Mauve," said Will.

James Mycroft
Every by Ellie Marney
What can I even say about Mycroft? I just love him. I love that he loves Forensics, and I love his geniusness and his personality and just EVERYTHING asdfghjkl!!
Favourite quote: Unfortunately, I am away from my copies at the moment, so I can't share my favourite Mycroft quote with you just yet. :(

Augustus Waters
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
awww, thanks Gus!
Yeah. I'm not even going to explain why Gus is one of my book boyfriends, because you should know already. And if you don't, then it's your loss.
Favourite quote: "Tell me my copy is missing the last twenty pages or something.

Hazel Grace, tell me I have not reached the end of this book.


Bodee Lennox
Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens
Bodee is literally the sweetest guy ever and he's super adorable. If you haven't read Faking Normal, then I'd definitely recommend it if you read YA contemporary.
Favourite quote: "Lex, this'll sound weird, but when I was a kid I believed in monsters. You know, like vampires. Werewolves. Ghosts. And I believed in them because I knew at least one other monster existed. He wore a shirt with his name stitched across the pocket. And carried a fifth for a weapon."

Noah Shaw
Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Noah is just...Britsh. And, I don't even know why I love him so much (despite his British-ness), but he's like the only stable thing in Mara's life, (from some perspectives) and ugh. He's attractive, okay?
Favourite quote: (Okay, so this isn't a quote from Noah, but it's about him, and it's incredibly accurate.)
"What could I say? Noah, despite you being an asshole, or maybe because of it, I'd like to rip off your clothes and have your babies."

Étienne St. Clair
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
British. French. Funny. Attractive. What more could you want? (Maybe for him to be a bit taller, please?)
Favourite quote: "I'm saying I'm in love with you! I've been in love with you this whole bleeding year!"

It appears as though I'm unable to talk about my book boyfriends in coherent sentences, so please, from now, enjoy the picture and quote.

Daemon Black
Lux by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Favourite quote: "Hey kitten, if you were a book, I'd give you 5 stars." (sooo cheesy, I know!)

Jem Carstairs
The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
Favourite quote: "Ah," said a voice from the doorway, "having your annual 'everyone thinks Will is a lunatic' meeting, are you?"
"It's biannual," said Jem. "And no, this is not that meeting."

Cricket Bell
Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Favourite quote: "Perfect is overrated. Perfect is boring."
I smile. "You don't think I'm perfect?"
"No. You're delightfully screwy, and I wouldn't have you any other way."

Noah Hutchins
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
Favourite quote: “Come here, baby." And with my words, Echo leaned into me soft, pliant, broken. "You're not alone," I whispered into her hair as I cradled her in my arms. "You're not alone, because you have me." And I love you, more than you could ever know. ” 

Who are your book boyfriends?

Until next time,

Saturday, 23 August 2014

The Seven Deadly Sins Tag

The lovely Charnell at Reviews from a Bookworm tagged me to do The Seven Deadly Sins tag and I'm beyond excited. You guys know how much I love answering survey-type questions. And you know how much I like books. So it just makes sense that I would love bookish tags/surveys. Enough with the babble, and lets just get started.

What is your most inexpensive book?
I own a lot of books that I haven't paid for. This is because my family pretty much only gift me books or gift cards to bookstores when it is my birthday or Christmas time. However, I'll choose the latest book that has been gifted to me and that is Vixen by Jillian Larkin. Courtesy of my wonderful grandma.

What author do you have a love/hate relationship with?
Okay, so this was actually quite a hard question. So far in my reading life, there hasn't been an author where I've LOVED one series and HATED another, so I'm going to go with J. K. Rowling for this one. I love her because Harry Potter, and I hate her because Harry Potter. I've been expecting my Hogwarts letter for the last 8 years, and I hate that it hasn't arrived yet.

What book have you devoured over and over again with no shame?
Easiest question to answer ever. The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling.

Which book have you neglected reading due to laziness?
That would definitely have to be Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. I really want to read Jane Eyre, but I keep putting it off because classics take that little bit of extra effort and time to read and there are so many other books I have to read and just ugh. I can't be bothered with it half of the time, which is a shame. But I will read it. Soon. I promise. I even have a really beautiful edition of this book too...

What book do you most talk about in order to sound like an intellectual reader?
I'm going to have to say Hamlet by the one and only Shakespeare. And that's only because I studied it in year 12 literature when I was in year 11, so yeah...

What attributes do you find attractive in male or female characters?
Female: Be mentally strong, sure of yourself and what you want. Don't be annoying and don't turn into a big messy puddle around your love interest.
I literally spent an hour and a half looking for this post because my laptop decided to die and I lost all of my photos :''''(

What book would you most like to receive as a gift?
I'm desperate to get my hands on the following babies. Not so desperate that I've broken by book-buying ban...but I'm being pushed to the limits of my self-control...
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I clearly have a problem.

I Tag...
Ely and Chami at A Book So Fathomless
Miranda at BooKss101

Until next time,

Friday, 22 August 2014

Five Friday Favourites #16 - Books Read Between April and August

Five Friday Favourites is a fun weekly meme that allows participants to get involved in a prompt either book or life related and list their favourites. Feel free to do more than five favourites, however, we'd appreciate it if you didn't go over ten where possible and interpret the subject however you like. Just link back to Book Badger if you're participating.

Hello all, how are you on this glorious Friday? Looking forward to the weekend? This weeks Five Friday Favourites post focuses on our five favourite books read between April and August. This was a hard topic, as I've read a lot of good books recently and 8 of the books I've read between April and August have ended up on my all-time favourites list. It was hard to narrow the list down to five, so (unfortunately?) I've got 6 to show you today. The list will be in the order in which I finished the books.

Click the cover image to see my review or the Goodreads page.
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On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta: I know, I know. I've spoken about this book a lot. I won't bore you with blabbing on about it again.
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater: A lot of people don't finish The Raven Boys because it's confusing. And I don't blame them for that. I almost did the same. However, I pushed on with The Raven Boys and found it intriguing, but that was all. I wasn't in love with it. However, when I read The Dream Thieves, I fell in love with the series and now I need Blue Lily, Lily Blue right NOW!
Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens: Such a beautiful, beautiful story. Words can't even explain. I can't wait to read something else from Courtney.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz: Another book that needs no explanation.

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Every Word by EllieMarney: Another case where I loved the sequel even more. Mycroft. London. Sherlock-inspired. Give me Every Move now.
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin: Right up my alley. Everything I hoped for and more. I wish I could review this book, because I have a lot to say about it, but unfortunately, I can't seem to formulate my thoughts into coherent sentences.

What book have you read between the months of April and August have you absolutely fell in love with?

Until next time,

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Book Review - Splintered by A. G. Howard

Series: Splintered #1
Original Publication Date: January 1st 2013
Publisher: Amulet Books
Genre(s): Fantasy, Romance, Retellings
Format: Hardcover
Source: Gifted
Pages: 371
Goodreads | Book Depository

Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers-precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.
When her mother's mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Aice's tears waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice's mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

WWW Wednesday #10

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. To join in, all you have to do is answer the following questions:

1. What are you currently reading?
2. What did you recently finish reading?
3. What do you think you'll read next?

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I'm about of a third of my way through The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas for the #ReadMaas readalong, and I suppose it's satisfactory. No strong feelings to it yet. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor is a book that I've been waiting to read for a while, and I'm enjoying it so far.

Loved it. 5/5. A new favourite. I picked up Evolution today, and I'm looking forward to continuing on with this trilogy.

I was lucky enough to get accepted for this book on NetGalley, and I'm looking forward to reading it.

What is the most recent book you've finished reading?

Until next time,