THE 100 CHARACTERS BOOK TAG – ORIGINAL

HEY GUYS!
TODAY I DECIDED TO CREATE MY OWN TAG, I DONT THINK ANYONE HAS MADE ONE LIKE THIS BEFORE IF THEY HAVE IM SO SORRY LEMME KNOW, BUT AS YOU KNOW I JUST RE WATCHED THE 100 AND FELL BACK IN LOVE WITH SO MANY CHARACTERS AGAIN SO I DECIDED I WOULD GO AHEAD AND CREATE THIS TAG

CLARKE GRIFFIN – CHARACTER THAT IS ALWAYS LOSING LOVED ONES:
I think one of the most obvious answers to this would be Katniss Everdeen, without naming them all I think those that have read/watched the movies would know that she lost a lot of people she loved throughout the course of the story.

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BELLAMY BLAKE – CUTE FICTIONAL GUY THAT CAN BE AN ASSHOLE SOMETIMES:
So many characters fit into this category (LOL) but the one I am going to say for this will be William Herondale because lets be real he was a bit of an ass throughout the Infernal Devices series.

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OCTAVIA BLAKE – STRONG INDEPENDANT LEAD CHARACTER:
One character that reminds me a lot of Octavia would be Charlie from Girl in Pieces, she isn’t in the same genre as Octavia and probably doesn’t have the same sort of meaning to strong too but in a way they are very differently and the same at the same time.

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JOHN MURPHY – UNDERRATED SIDE CHARACTER THAT IS FULL OF SARCASM:
A character that I think is very underrated and also very sarcastic just like John would have to be Johanna Mason from Catching Fire, especially when people didn’t see her in the movie before she was even casted I feel she was very underrated and most people went after Finnick when he was introduced more than Johanna.

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JASPAR JORDAN – HERO THATS ALWAYS HEARTBROKEN:
A hero that I find to be always heartbroken would be Mor from A Court of Mist and Fury, I feel as though she has been through a lot of trauma in her time and she is always helping and saving the ones around her before herself.

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RAVEN REYES – DIVERSE CHARACTER THAT DESERVES MORE LOVE:
A character that I find deserves more love and is also a sufferer of prosopagnosia which is where the person affected can not put peoples faces into their long term memory therefore not letting them recognise anyone even their loved ones, Jack from Holding Up the Universe suffers from this and I think that it was very interesting to learn about this illness he has as I had never heard of it before.

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FINN COLLINS – AKA SPACEWALKER, A CHARACTER FROM SPACE:
Of course I’m going to say David from Fire in the Woods because it is basically the only book I can tolerate with an alien in it because the topic of space and aliens kinda weirds me out and I just don’t really like it but David is from space and I do for the most part like him.

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HEDA LEXA – A CHARACTER THAT IS MADE TO BE A LEADER:
A character that I always see as a leader would be Alex from the Medora Chronicles, she’s always very good at making fast decisions and she always seems to be the independent thinker of the group that is always saving her and her friends when she needs with her fast thinking and leadership qualities.

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MONTY GREEN – CHARACTER THAT IS GOOD WITH TECHNOLOGY:
Penny from Girl Online is very good at technology as the book is about her making and writing on her blog and she also emails and texts people a fair bit in the book too which shows that she is pretty good at a wide range of technology.

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ABIGAIL GRIFFIN – A CHARACTER THAT IS A HEALER:
Primrose Everdeen is the very obvious answer for this question, she was a growing healer as she was growing up after Katniss was in the games and she also helped her mother heal Gale after his back was whipped and she was just made to be a healer in her blood.

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I TAG:
DANIELLE: https://thechroniclesofdanielle.wordpress.com/
BEC: https://rebeccagough.wordpress.com/
SARAH: https://writtenwordworlds.wordpress.com/
PIERA: https://www.youtube.com/user/pieraforde4
SAM: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdFgf3BNHDRsF2Rk5_pol_Q
ALEX:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoCjs2cTT2r5Tfkdj2cByiA
CASEY: https://adoptabookaus.com/
ANNE: https://booksbootsguacamole.com/
ANGEL: http://angelreads.com/
LISSA: https://joysofbookworms99.wordpress.com/
TASH: http://www.confessionsfromromaholics.com/
KELLY: http://www.divabooknerd.com/

 

DRAEKORA BOOK REVIEW *SCREAMS*

DRAEKORA BY LYNETTE NONI BOOK REVIEW:

SYNOPSIS:
(BEWARE SPOILERS FOR BOOKS 1 AND 2 IN SYNOPSIS)

“I swear by the stars that you and the others slain tonight will be the first of many. Of that you have my word.”

With Aven Dalmarta now hiding in the shadows of Meya, Alex is desperate to save Jordan and keep the Rebel Prince from taking more lives.

Training day and night to master the enhanced immortal blood in her veins, Alex undertakes a dangerous Meyarin warrior trial that separates her from those she loves and leaves her stranded in a place where nothing is as it should be.

As friends become enemies and enemies become friends, Alex must decide who to trust as powerful new allies—and adversaries—push her towards a future of either light… or darkness.

One way or another, the world will change…

MY THOUGHTS:

Wow, Lynette didn’t think I would love any of the books more than the others but this one certainly left me in a worse of mess than even Raelia did which I did not think was possible. I also have a very strong need for book four like right now ahh!!

Without turning this review into a spoiler fest, because lets be real we do NOT want that, I just want to make this review very simple and it may sound very standard but just know that on the inside I’m dying to go into more detail trust me.

The characters are still as amazing as they were in the previous books but some other new and interesting characters are introduced into this book that I think a lot of people are going to be intrigued about. There are also dragons in this book which alone was SO COOL, I myself have never read a book with dragons in it and Draekora was a pretty good start if I do say so myself.

The world building in this book also keeps getting better and better and I have so many vivid imaginations of all the beautiful places that Alex and co went to and I just wanna visit them myself (cries to self because they are not real).

Overall, this book was full of twists and turns and magic and full of an amazing set of characters in which I adore to pieces, this book will break your heart and soul but will also make you laugh at some points to with Alex’s usual sarcastic comments. This book will also leave you hanging at the end (typical Noni style). I recommend this book to everyone of all ages.

STAR RATING: 1 MILLION OUT OF 5 STARS

BUY HERE:
http://www.booktopia.com.au/draekora-lynette-noni/prod9781921997686.html (AUS)
https://www.bookdepository.com/Draekor-Lynette-Noni/9781921997686 (INTERNATIONAL)

HUGE THANKS TO PANTERA PRESS FOR SENDING ME A COPY OF THIS BOOK IN EXCHANGE OF AN HONEST REVIEW

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5 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD READ GIRL IN PIECES

DISCLAIMER: IF YOU ARE SENSITIVE TO THE TOPIC OF SELF HARM AND DEPRESSION I WOULD GO INTO THIS BOOK VERY CAREFULLY AS IT IS A VERY RAW AND DEEP ONE AND IF YOU ARE EASILY TRIGGERED BY THIS I MAY EVEN AVOID, THESE OPINIONS ARE MY OWN IF YOU SEE YOURSELF FIT TO READ THIS BOOK I DO HIGHLY RECOMMEND IF MY REASONS SOUND VALID ENOUGH

REASON #1: CHARACTERS
The characters of this novel are not your average ones in a sense that it was so raw and you really get a sense that they were real humans instead of fiction because everything about them just felt so real unlike some characters you get in novels where they really just stand out as fiction because you cant really relate to the characters to real life. I also loved the character of Charlotte or as she is known in the novel as ‘Charlie’ I found her development throughout the novel to be so inspiring and something that I’m sure a lot of people that have been through self harm or depression would relate to, also all the ups and downs that she faced throughout the journey really was a great thing to see as well because the road to new beginnings is not always perfect as some books make them out to be.

REASON #2: THE MESSAGE
There were a few amazing messages that this book brought out to me and each of them are things that I too strongly believe in, the first being that just because you are ‘toxic’ or ‘broken’ it does not mean that you cant be unbroken and fixed and you can be okay in the long run, it just takes a little bit of self care and time and eventually one can become a better version of themselves. Another one is that, it is okay to be you, no matter what you have been through or done no one is going to care about the past and if you just be yourself then thats what people are going to love and if they don’t, thats their own problem and they are missing out on something wonderful.

REASON #3: AUTHOR
This book would you believe is actually a debut author and also the author has been through a hell of a lot throughout her time writing this novel and honestly she is one of the people I admire most because I can tell you it is evident in the writing of this book that the author is filled with so much passion and love for this book and the characters and you can almost sense that she herself has been through something similar to some of the characters which makes the book just so raw and emotional and just so breathtaking that a book could be so close to this authors heart and I just want to hug Kathleen and tell her how much this book truly means for me although I don’t think that there are enough words to even begin to explain it.

REASON #4: NO ROMANCE
One of the big things that I find these days is that a lot of books that have mental illness in them, seem to have the romance as the key sort of ‘cure’ to the illness and that the character then lives happily ever after essentially with their lover without another worry in the world about their illness. I love how in this book their really isn’t a romance that cures Charlie. I love that you see the realness of Charlie’s recovery and how she simply doesn’t need a romance like many other books it seems to cure herself from her suffering and for that I truly admire, its hard to read a book now days if the ‘cure’ of an illness is made out to be love when they just ignore all of the deeper things that actually help the characters like medication, therapy, self help.

REASON #5: WRITING STYLE
The way that this book is written is truly unique and unlike anything I have ever read especially on the topic of depression and self harm. The story was written in a very raw but also very poetic way that just flowed so beautifully and made it such a realistic and relatable story that I believe a lot of people could relate to. The book almost felt as though Charlie was a real person and you were reading her biography. The development of the characters throughout the book were all so inspiring and some even saddening, this book really made me laugh, cry and sob all in one and for that I’m very grateful because it really does as I wrote earlier show the true ups and downs of mental illness and shows that there are good days and that one day you can be healed and unbroken.

OVERALL:
I think this is a must read for anyone that wants to read something either really relatable or something inspiring, heartbreaking and beautiful all in one. This book is one that I still can’t stop thinking about even months after I finished it and a book that I will always treasure and hopefully some day soon re read. However if you are a little sensitive with the topic of depression and in particular self harm I think this book probably isn’t for you as it is very raw and emotional however I can tell you it is very amazing if you think you can read it. I’m so beyond excited to read more of Kathleen’s work and she will for sure be an auto buy author that I will continue to support throughout her author career.

YOU CAN READ MY FULL REVIEW HERE: https://wordpress.com/stats/day/molliethereader.wordpress.com?startDate=2017-03-15

MY INTERVIEW WITH KATHLEEN HERE: https://molliethereader.wordpress.com/2017/02/02/interview-with-kathleen-glasgow/

BUY THE PRETTY HARDBACK EDITION HERE: https://www.bookdepository.com/Girl-in-Pieces-Kathleen-Glasgow/9781101934715?ref=grid-view

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THE ONE MEMORY OF FLORA BANKS BOOK REVIEW!

THE ONE MEMORY OF FLORA BANKS BY EMILY BARR BOOK REVIEW!!

SYNOPSIS:

Seventeen-year-old Flora Banks has no short-term memory. Her mind resets itself several times a day, and has since the age of ten, when the tumor that was removed from Flora’s brain took with it her ability to make new memories. That is, until she kisses Drake, her best friend’s boyfriend, the night before he leaves town. Miraculously, this one memory breaks through Flora’s fractured mind, and sticks. Flora is convinced that Drake is responsible for restoring her memory and making her whole again. So when an encouraging email from Drake suggests she meet him on the other side of the world, Flora knows with certainty that this is the first step toward reclaiming her life.

With little more than the words “be brave” inked into her skin, and written reminders of who she is and why her memory is so limited, Flora sets off on an impossible journey to Svalbard, Norway, the land of the midnight sun, determined to find Drake. But from the moment she arrives in the arctic, nothing is quite as it seems, and Flora must “be brave” if she is ever to learn the truth about herself, and to make it safely home.

MY THOUGHTS:

This book was a rather interesting one and I really was intrigued by the main character suffering from amnesia as one of the movies that I always watch with my mum called ’50 First Dates’ where the main character suffers from amnesia too.

I found this book to have a really nice writing style and I throughly enjoyed the descriptions of Flora’s amnesia and found that I did indeed learn some new things that I never knew about the illness. I also found the ending of the book to be very satisfying and one of the best parts of the novel.

However one of the problems I had with the book was the trope of romanticising Flora’s illness with the romance, which is what I found happened between Flora and Drake and somehow even though Flora has amnesia I found it weird even that she forgot everything that happens every few hours that she always remembered that she had kissed a boy.

Overall, this book was a very fast read with a very interesting plot. I would recommend this to people that like reading books with a unique plot with some also very informative content in it as well. I also found that for the most part I did enjoy this book and found mostly good parts in it, but it was also not perfect (as nothing is really!)

STAR RATING 3.5 OUT OF 5 STARS

BUY HERE: https://www.bookdepository.com/search/The-One-Memory-of-Flor-Banks-Emily-Barr/9780141368511

THANK YOU TO PENGUIN TEEN AUSTRALIA FOR SENDING ME A COPY OF THIS BOOK IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW

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DIVERSE AUSTRALIAN BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

DISCLAIMER: THESE BOOKS ARE ALL ON THIS LIST FOR MY OWN PERSONAL OPINION OF HAVING A GOOD REP AND IF YOU HAVE FOUND ANY OF THESE BOOKS TO BE BAD REP PLEASE DO LET ME KNOW THANK YOU

THE SIDEKICKS BY WILL KOSTAKIS:

Has LGBTQIA+ characters in the book (own voices)

FIND MORE HERE: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25574212-the-sidekicks?from_search=true

BUY HERE: https://www.bookdepository.com/The-Sidekicks-Will-Kostakis/9780143309031?ref=grid-view

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WHEN MICHAEL MET MINA BY RANDA ABDEL-FATTAH:

Deals with racism and one of the main characters is an asylum seeker

FIND MORE HERE: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29753111-when-michael-met-mina?ac=1&from_search=true

BUY HERE: https://www.bookdepository.com/When-Michael-Met-Min-Rand-Abdel-Fattah/9781743534977?ref=grid-view

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IDA BY ALISON EVANS:

Has LGBTQIA+ rep, (own voices)

FIND MORE HERE: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30720860-ida?from_search=true

BUY HERE: https://www.bookdepository.com/Id-Alison-Evans/9781760404383?ref=grid-view

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TALK UNDER WATER BY KATHRYN LOMER:

One of the main characters is deaf

FIND MORE HERE: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25808664-talk-under-water?ac=1&from_search=true

BUY HERE: https://www.bookdepository.com/search/Talk-Under-Water-Kathryn-Lomer/9780702253690

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CLOUDWISH BY FIONA WOOD:

Main character is an migrant/asylum seeker and has some multi cultural side characters

FIND MORE HERE: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24248906-cloudwish?ac=1&from_search=true

BUY HERE: https://www.bookdepository.com/Cloudwish-Fion-Wood/9781743533123?ref=grid-view

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THE INTERROGATION OF ASHALA WOLF BY AMBELIN KWAYMULLINA:

Indigenous Australian rep

FIND MORE HERE: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13552764-the-interrogation-of-ashala-wolf?ac=1&from_search=true

BUY HERE: https://www.bookdepository.com/The-Tribe—The-Interrogation-of-Ashala-Wolf/9781406353396

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THE THINGS I DIDN’T SAY BY KYLIE FORNASIER:

Has a character that suffers from severe social anxiety/selective mutism

FIND MORE HERE: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26891896-the-things-i-didn-t-say?ac=1&from_search=true

BUY HERE: https://www.bookdepository.com/search/The-Things-I-Didnt-Say-Kylie-Fornasier/9780143573630

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SWALLOW THE AIR BY TARA JUNE WINCH:

Indigenous rep (own voices)

FIND MORE HERE: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27882034-swallow-the-air?from_search=true

BUY HERE: https://www.bookdepository.com/Swallow-the-Air-Tar-June-Winch/9780702235214?ref=grid-view

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VIGILANTE BOOK REVIEW!!

VIGILANTE BY KADY CROSS BOOK REVIEW:

SYNOPSIS:

A brutally honest, uncompromising story about a teen girl who decides to take matters into her own hands.

It’s senior year, and Hadley and her best friend, Magda, should be starting the year together. Instead, Magda is dead and Hadley is alone. Raped at a party the year before and humiliated, Magda was driven to take her own life and Hadley is forced to see her friend’s attackers in the classroom every day. Devastated, enraged and needing an outlet for her grief, Hadley decides to get a little justice of her own.

Donning a pink ski mask and fueled by anger, Hadley goes after each of the guys one by one, planning to strip them of their dignity and social status the way they did to Magda. As the legend of the pink-masked Vigilante begins to take on a life of its own, Hadley’s revenge takes a turn for the dangerous. Could her need for vengeance lead her down a path she can’t turn back from?

MY THOUGHTS:

This book was not perfect in any way, however I found it to be so empowering, raw and emotional that I couldn’t help but love it in a deep and meaningful way that I can’t really explain.

This story deals with the topic of rape and suicide, which I know is triggering for a lot of people so if this is something that you find you can’t read about I don’t recommend you read this book. However this book really shows the effects of Hadley after her friend commits suicide after she was raped and the guilt that Hadley feels afterwards I found to very emotional.

One of the little things I wish that was different in this book would be the writing style at the beginning of the book was a little flat and hard to get into at first but because it was so short once I got into the story it didn’t take me long at all to finish. Also some of the side characters felt as though they weren’t really developed into the story as well as I would have liked but again this would have been because it was a smaller book they didn’t have the time to build them up.

Overall, this book is a very empowering and emotional read, that is a very quick read. This is a book that I would recommend to everyone to read because it is one of those books that I feel a lot of people could take something out of.

STAR RATING 4 OUT OF 5 STARS

BUY HERE: https://www.bookdepository.com/Vigilante-Kady-Cross/9780373211777

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MAGNUS CHASE AND THE HAMMER OF THOR REVIEW!

MAGNUS CHASE AND THE HAMMER OF THOR BY RICK RIORDAN

SYNOPSIS:

Thor’s hammer is missing again. The thunder god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon–the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds. But this time the hammer isn’t just lost, it has fallen into enemy hands. If Magnus Chase and his friends can’t retrieve the hammer quickly, the mortal worlds will be defenseless against an onslaught of giants. Ragnarok will begin. The Nine Worlds will burn. Unfortunately, the only person who can broker a deal for the hammer’s return is the gods’ worst enemy, Loki–and the price he wants is very high.

MY THOUGHTS:

I read the first book of this over two years ago and absolutely adored this book! You can read my review for the first book here first as this is the sequel: https://molliethereader.wordpress.com/2015/10/10/magnus-chase-and-the-sword-of-summer-review/

I can say that once again I loved this book! I mean who doesn’t love a Rick Riordan book??? I spent half my time crying laughing in this book and the other half crying of emotions which seems to be the typical theme for any Riordan book. I also think that I loved this one more than the first book which I thought was unbeatable!

Also the characters in this book are just too good! There is a fair bit of a diverse mix of characters which is always a great feature to find in a book. Whoever said these books were middle grade because I think this is everyone grade (I tried to be funny lets pretend I never tried) but seriously I can still relate to the story and didn’t find it to be childish like I do most books that are aimed at the younger age group and I think that many people of all ages could get into this series and adore.

Overall, this book was fast paced, funny and also had a pretty amazing range of characters and also sometimes made you feel some feelings. I love this series and completely have fell in love with Rick Riordan as an author and if you love Rick as an author and Norse Mythology, I think that you would adore this series if you haven’t read it already. Bring on book 3!!!

STAR RATING: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS

BUY HERE: https://www.bookdepository.com/Magnus-Chase-and-the-Hammer-of-Thor/9780141342559

THANK YOU TO PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE AUSTRALIA FOR SENDING ME A COPY OF THIS IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW

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