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Tome Topple Readathon: Midpoint Updates! #TomeTopple

Can’t believe it’s already halfway through the readathon now! For those of you who don’t know already, the Tome Topple Readathon is a readathon hosted by Thoughts on Tome and it’s about reading huge books! It’s a super fun readathon that is different from the others, and I have had a lot of fun doing it.

My updates can be found in my blog at Tumblr. I post how many pages I read every day there!

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Day One

  • Started reading Angels and Demons by Dan Brown.
  • It was a Sunday and I went on a trip out of town with my friends, so I didn’t do that much reading.
  • I did read on the train back home, which was great.
  • Thoughts so far on the book: it’s not very captivating or exciting, but maybe it’s just because I’m still in the first few chapters.

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Day Two

  • I didn’t read at all that day.
  • But I did sleep early so I could wake up early and read in the morning.

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Day Three

  • Read for an hour in the morning.
  • Reached page 186 of Angels and Demons.
  • Thoughts on the book: it has a very good premise, and I could see how Dan Brown puts in a lot of research into his work. Although sometimes there’ll be an overload of information jumbled up in the story, it was still very exciting to read. But, none of the characters were very interesting to me.

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Day Four

  • Read a lot in the morning, and I read a total of 1 hour and 15 minutes that day.
  • Reached page 310 of Angels and Demons.
  • Thoughts on the book: The plot has gotten quite intense so it was more fun to read the book.

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Day Five

  • Didn’t read at all ūüė¶

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Day Six

  • Spent around less than an¬†hour reading in the morning. I was sick that day (it was Friday and I didn’t even go to uni because I was sick) so I wasn’t really in the mood for reading.
  • Reached page 390 of Angels and Demons.
  • Again, the plot has gotten really interesting and fast-paced so it was easier to keep up and get excited with all the story. Also I started to really like the characters, mainly the Hassassin and the camerlengo, also the main character Langdon was also quite interesting.

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Day Seven

  • It was a Saturday and I felt still sort of sick and unwell, but I had to go outside of the house the whole day, so as a result I didn’t spend that much time reading. I only read for like 15 minutes in the morning during breakfast.

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Day Eight

  • Spent a super little amount of time reading.
  • I’m still reading Angels and Demons even though I had planned on starting All the Light we Cannot See this weekend, but I sort of felt like I’m still in the mood for reading this one rather than start a whole new book.

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Well, that is all for what I read in the readathon so far! Wish me luck for the next six days of the readathon! Hopefully I’ll get more reading done as well. For more info and live updates, follow my Harry Potter blog and my Goodreads.

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Dead Kings, Magical Forests, and Kisses: The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater Book Review

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater is, as you all have probably know, the last book in the four-book series, The Raven Cycle. As most of you probably know as well, I am a huge fan of Maggie Stiefvater. I’ve read all her books except one, and I was so devoted to this series. It’s such a sad thing to see the series end, and I rated this book really high, but I did have some problems with it. Here are my thoughts.

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Warning that this review might contain spoilers to this book and the previous books of the series.

Let’s start with the things that I loved about this book: the characters. Oh my God, if you ask me why I love this series so much, I’d answer with the characters. Stiefvater has this way of crafting unique and human characters and make you fall in love head over heels for them. I love everyone from the gang – my favourite is probably Gansey, and in this book Gansey just breaks my heart. But I love all the other members of the gang as well. I love the development of Adam’s character, from when we read him in the first book to where he is now in the epilogue. I adore Blue, she’s like my heroine and I love how Stiefvater created an embodiment of women’s strength through Blue, not in a typical young-adult way, but in her own unique way.
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‚ÄúI don’t care to be pretty,” Blue shot back hotly, “I care to look on the outside like I look on the inside.‚ÄĚ

I adore the relationship between the characters as well. Gansey and Blue has been a huge ship for me, but in this book, Pynch shines above them. They make me smile and cry, they are the cutest things in the world and I want the two of them to grow old and have babies and make each other happy forever and ever!!! Other than that, Blue and Ronan’s friendship, Gansey and Adam’s relationship, and all the other side characters were so fun to read. Even so, I sort of felt like the villain of the book, the demon, but also Piper, was¬†not very real to me. They didn’t feel too villain-y. And other relationships that we saw a lot in the previous books, like Blue and Maura’s, or Maura and the Grey Man’s, and the addition of some side characters I liked but didn’t really care about (Henry Cheng), weren’t really done well. I missed the banter and love between Blue and the ladies from 300 Fox Way, and the interesting relationship between those ladies with the Raven Boys.
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Adam smiled cheerily. Ronan would start wars and burn cities for that true smile, elastic and amiable.

Anyways, moving on to the plot. This book was not as slow as a lot of Stiefvater’s other books. It flowed awesomely, but at the last parts I sort of felt like the climax was sort of an anticlimax, and the real climax fell a little flat. Even so, the execution was done well and the ending, felt a lot like the ending of The Legend of Korra, where I expected more of the ending of The Last Airbender – if you understand what I sort of mean. I have not problems with how the series ended, though. I thought it was lovely, where everyone ended up.

Another thought I had while reading the book was the writing style. I could cry from Stiefvater’s amazing narration. Some parts, were so lovely and I just want to quote the words over and over again. And can I just say, Stiefvater makes THE BEST KISS SCENES EVER! From the “not-really-kiss” scene in the previous book, to this PHENOMENAL and so anticipated kiss scene, they were both so different to each other but also to any other kiss scenes I’ve read, but also written so uniquely that it’s not like a normal descriptive writing, but like a piece of poem that you want to cut out and glue in your bed so you can read it every day. I just love them so much!!!

Title: The Raven King
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Date Published: April 2016
Num of Pages: 439
Date Read: 25th May, 2016
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To be honest I don’t really have that many things to say about this book. I have loved the characters for so long, and I sort of knew that I would love it no matter what. And although there were some problems, a few plotholes, and some things I’d like to change, so many aspects of the book was just so beautiful that I can’t help giving it a 4.5 stars.

4.5 stars

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