New images release: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated version

Exciting news in Potter world! Only a few hours ago, Buzzfeed released exclusive images from the second illustrated Harry Potter book.

In case you haven’t caught up yet with the new edition series, last year the first Potter book was re-released, illustrated by Jim Kay (check out my post here) and this year we continue with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Illustration by Jim Kay, copyright Bloomsbury Publishing from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: illustrated

I already love how this image feels as if I’m holding one of the ancient books from Hogwarts’ Library, teaching me more about Magical Creatures.

If that’s not enough, Pottermore also released images today!

Another one of my favourite from that bash, can be found below.

Illustration by Jim Kay, copyright Bloomsbury Publishing- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: illustrated edition

Again, I love the feeling of opening a Hogwarts text book and learning more about these creatures and plants. Absolutely stunning and detailed!

The book is said to be released on October 4, 2016 and already it feels like it can’t come quick enough. You can pre-order this book at Bloomsbury, here.

For more pictures: check out the websites linked within this blog post.

What do you think of these images? Do you like the “text book” feeling, adding additional information on the creatures and plants you’re reading about within the story? 

Reading: The Invasion of the Tearling

I went through a teeny, tiny reading slump after finishing Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (as you might have guessed from this Currently Reading post, I didn’t particularly enjoy the book) but with my new Netflix account and me binge watching The Tudors and Reign, I realized I’m a huge – and I sincerely mean HUGE – fan of historical fictions, especially when royalty is added to the mixture with a touch of treason so you don’t know whom you can trust anymore (there’s a reason why I’m writing in this genre but I had forgotten how much I’ve loved (and missed) this!!)

That’s what helped me to decide on reading the second book of the Queen of the Tearling series, named The Invasion of the Tearling, by Erika Johansen and my God, AM I IN LOVE WITH THIS! This is a series set in the future with historical features all throughout the story interwoven with a touch of magic. Two kingdoms, two queens, are at war and only the strongest one can win. And, there are a few handsome men present at court. Or in the realm. Whatever. Things like that make me shuffle on the ball of my feet with a mischievous grin on my face, hands linked together behind my back. Oh, and they help me with plotting too. 🙂

And guess what? ROMANCE ISN’T A PART OF THIS STORY (yet?). I don’t know why I’ve put that in capitals as I’m a sucker for love and romance but maybe I love royals kicking ass a lot more, hmm?. I mean, yeah, there’s lust and some (tiny) hints of romance but our young queen, Kelsea, is too busy saving her realm from the invasion of the Red Queen of Mortmesne’s army (not the most original name, I know) than to truly care about romance. Peh-lease. Although, there is a handsome (dangerous?) stranger appearing into her chambers in the middle of the night, offering her something valuable in return for his freedom. And if that doesn’t keep our queen awake, then surely it keeps the Queen’s Guard awake as their protective hands catch our queen each time she…disappears.

I’m not sure if this story is heading towards a full five-star rating though.

There is the one thing that bothers me as it pulls me out of the story each time it happens. It’s not yet clear why it happens – and I’m sure it will be explained at some point – but it’s thrown upon me with such a straight contrast to the world I’m experiencing, it frustrates me, causing me to stop reading for the day. For some reason, I don’t want to read about that particular bit when I’m enjoying Kelsea’s cringe-worthy moments with Pen, which are also so adorable if short-lived. :’)

Question when you’ve read the books: would you say this belongs to Young Adult or Adult?

It’s rated both genres on Goodreads which confuses me. I’d rather put this in an Adult category as there are explicit descriptions, a lot more explicit than I’m used to in YA anyway- but then again, when you consider the age range of YA (16-25ish) I don’t think many readers 18+ would be offended. But I fear that YA is sometimes associated with readers 13+ and then…well, that’s a whole different matter. What are your thoughts on the genre matter? YA or Adult?

Or am I being a prude? HA. I wouldn’t be surprised.

New Outlander season 2 trailer!!

I woke up this morning with this alert on my phone. BEST WAKE UP CALL EVER. It’s the new trailer of the second season of Outlander, which is based on the outstanding book series Outlander, written by Dianna Gabaldon.

If you like your history, if you like your romance and you like Scotland (a lot), then you should check out the first book of the series because…LOVE. Especially book Jamie because he is the best boyfriend ever (series Jamie isn’t so bad to look at either but book Jamie is way better).

If you haven’t watched the first season yet, I advice you to NOT watch the trailer below – it contains a few spoilers. You have been warned. Actually, I feel there are some spoilers too if you haven’t read the second book, Dragonfly in Amber, either.

Without further ado, please, indulge yourself in the wonderful world that is season two of Outlander.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to weep because the feels are too strong.

Oh and in case you were spazzing too much and dealing with the feels, it premieres on Starz April 9 – which means I’ll have to wait until September or something BUT WHATEVS. I can totally deal with that.

Or move to America.

Currently Reading: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell is THE author you should look for if you want to read a contemporary novel; whether you’re a teenager or an adult, she’s got it all! Each time I read one of her books, I’m convinced it’s the best one yet. With Carry On, a fiction based upon her fictive fiction in Fangirl (which I love so much! Read my review here), Rowell has tried something different: a young adult fantasy. To say that the stakes were high when it came out, isn’t even a fraction of the truth. My fingers itched to start reading this new book of hers, especially after watching Katytastic’s review on youtube.

HOT or NOT?

Eh. Hmm. Good question. Let’s be honest. I’m not a fan. I’m currently at page 279 and I’ve got to admit that I’ve considered DNF-ing. Multiple times. Especially when reading Simon’s point of view. You might already know this if you follow me on twitter and/or Goodreads. The moaning is intense. I expected so much more of a Rainbow Rowell novel.

There are so many things wrong with this novel but the main issue is the fact that she wrote a book based upon a fictive fiction, in a fiction called Fangirl, that’s clearly based upon the Harry Potter series. It’s not even hiding  the similarities. It’s all there for each and every Harry Potter fan to read (and get annoyed with).

That should have been the first hint that it wouldn’t be as grand as all her previous works. After all the commotion of Fifty Shades of Grey being based upon Twilight (and not looking remotely like Twilight, except for the rich Grey family and Anna’s awkwardness), I would have expected things to explode with this one. I didn’t have an issue with FSoG (it originally being a fan fiction and all) but I do have a problem with this. It’s not original. FSoG is original-er (but less good in the writing aspect).

The second issue: the story begins at year eight and Rowell expects her readers to know all about Simon, his world and what happened in the previous years, which makes reading it somewhat abstract and confusing, especially at the beginning.

I don’t know about you but with fantasy, I need world-building. No matter how much it looks like Harry Potter, it isn’t. Even A Very Potter Musical understands this and it IS Harry Potter…or well, a totally awesome parody of Harry Potter, at least. When you add names and creatures, you have to explain them. A pixie in The Mortal Instruments, isn’t the same as a pixie in Harry Potter nor would/could it be the same in Carry On or in the Iron Fey series. Describe what a pixie is, for Crowley’s sake! Or where Watford is situated. You’re writing a fantasy! Not a contemporary. There has to be descriptions and explanations!

Don’t get me started on the spells/incantations!

That’s right, Amy. They’re cringe-worthy, and I don’t even mean most of the time, but all the time! The spells are based upon sayings and children’s songs. Why? I don’t know. Because it didn’t need much “research”? If there’s one thing that makes Harry Potter ah-mazing, it’s the spells and the way you can link it to Latin. There’s an origin and a system in Harry Potter. The spells in Carry On…meh.  At least the explanation of why they’re spells is somewhat…okay. Ish.

Each time I see the book resting beside my bed, calling me to continue my reading, I have the exact same reaction:

The only, and I seriously mean the only, thing that keeps me from DNF-ing this book, is Baz. He’s a great character and his point of views are the best. He arrived at the right point. If he hadn’t, I would have stopped reading it already. Now, I’m just high with Baz and I sort of have to see how things develop with him (if you know what I mean, *suggestive eyebrow rolling inserted here*).

Would I say that Carry On is hot, based upon where I’m currently situated in the story? …..Weeeeellll….let’s just say: it’s not.

What are you reading this week?

and more importantly: are you enjoying it??

October Wrap Up

October Wrap Up

Hello lovelies!

As I’ve mentioned in my previous post, I went AWOL during October. I had to kick myself into real reading again. There’s only two months left until the end of the year and I’m twenty books behind on my Goodreads Challenge. It doesn’t sit well with me and I’ve set my mind to the task: I will finish this one and only challenge!

The issue though: I keep ordering new books and I want to read them straight after their arrivals. Consequence: I came to the point I was officially reading 17 books (unofficially 22) all at once. Result: I didn’t finish any books, as you might guess.

I know, I know…it was ugly. Trust me. Not to mention messy as the books were spread all over the place.

What’s that you say? A bookaholic? Me? I don’t know what you mean.

That’s when I decided that enough was enough.

I put myself on a “book buying” ban last month and forced myself to not start a new book either. If that wasn’t enough forcing myself into things I don’t normally do, I also decided that I had to finish at least one book each week. I had to kick the reading slump and nasty reading habit back where it belonged: in the pit of book reader’s hell!

This means I read some books!! YAY. Without further ado, below a quick overview of the books I actually finished after months of reading them.

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It’s time to write again!

Hello, my lovely readers!

I disappeared for a bit during October to reach some of my reading goals as I was falling behind and needed to kick myself into actually doing something if I ever wanted to fulfill my reading goal (52 books by the end of 2015). According to Goodreads, I’m always 11 books behind schedule no matter how many books I finish. GULP. But anyway, this is material for another post.

This one is all about my new adventure writing my next book during NaNoWriMo. I say next book but I truly mean: next story as the previous one is put on hold during November. I want to start with a clean slate and don’t want to focus on anything that’s currently bothering me with the previous one. That’s for after NaNoWriMo. I love the story though! It’s my baby.

Writing Kitten

This year, unlike last year’s failure, I’m determined to reach the 50,000 words goal. I’ll be writing a historical romance set in a time that most of you will recognize but perhaps with a twist added to it. Not too sure if the twist will work but we’ll see how it goes while the story progresses.

Synopsis:

Resolute on finding out who the strangers were that trespassed her home during the middle of the night and killed her father and brother, our main character (currently named Savannah) quickly finds herself amidst one conspiracy after the other. She gets herself entrapped in a web of lies and wonders which part her brother and father played. Will she discover the reason behind their killings without losing her own identity?

Have you signed up for NaNoWriMo this year? What are you writing? 

If you want, you can add me as your writing buddy so we can help out/stimulate each other while writing: abookishjourney

Happy Writing!!

Fien x

 

Book Discussion: To Kill a Mockingbird – Education

Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.
– Scout, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

I’ve chosen this quote to start my discussion on the educational system because it referred to reading and as you all know, this being a blog on books and all that, I thought it fitting. Of course, the quote implies more than what you now see. I strongly suggest that you read To Kill a Mockingbird first before you click on the “read more” button as the second part won’t be spoiler free. If you want to know more about this book without being spoiled, you’re more than welcome to check out my review and come back once you’ve read the book.

Not only did I chose this quote because it referred to reading but I like how brilliant and simple it is all at once. We don’t understand how much we love something until it’s taken from us. We take so many things for granted that we sometimes forget the luxury for having it. The fact Lee compares this to breathing, strengthens the impact. How often do we ponder about the fact we’re able to breathe? I don’t and yet, if I had a respiration disability, I would appreciate it all the more.  Lee let us know that although reading is something you and I are able to do, we can’t understand how precious this is until we’re put in a situation  when it’s taken from us.

I came across this while googling for an image. I thought it was too cute to not share it with you :’)

This brings me to the part when Scout is afraid of losing her after-school reading moments with Atticus and why there’s something amiss with the educational system.

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