#ARCstravaganza (#3): The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

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Mondays have been a lot more bearable since I started participating in #ARCstravaganza! Thank you Krysti at YA and Wine and Sarah at The Clever Reader for creating such a fun meme! #ARCstravaganza is meant for book bloggers to show off and discuss their ARCs, and I’ve been having a lot of fun with it! If you think that you would have fun with this too, be sure to check out the info below, as well as Krysti’s info post about the meme! Also, I have some exciting news for all of you. Starting next week, I will actually be taking over hosting the meme! You can read Krysti’s post about why she and Sarah sadly had to stop hosting the meme here. Another update is that there will be no giveaway associated with the meme (but that may change once I have the means to host one every month), and that participants can choose to participate on their blogs, on Instagram, or on both platform types!

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Calendar Girls Wrap-Up (July 2017)

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This month we decided to follow the publishing trend by immersing ourselves in Fairytale Retellings! Unfortunately, because this is such a popular choice right now among publishers and readers, there are a LOT of retellings to choose from, but you lovely ladies didn’t disappoint with your choices. Speaking of choices, let’s get into the nominees! (If this is your first time hearing about Calendar Girls and are interested in finding out more, you can read my info page about the blog event here!)

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Monthly Wrap-Up (July 2017)

051c03bf81b3211f4a67222f665a6e5aacfce467_hq.gifJin and his kisses were such a hit last month that I decided to let him send you more kisses with this July wrap-up! Wow, it’s August already! I don’t know if I feel as if July went by quickly or slowly…it seems to change for me depending on the day. But I feel like it’s the former more than the latter. Summers usually fly by for me because I’m a lot more busy with friends and family while we’re enjoying the (usually) nicer weather here in Canada. Winter has all of us feeling a lot more lethargic, which is fine since that means more reading and blogging time for me. But anyways, here is what’s been going on on Flavia the Bibliophile in the past month!

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The Cake Book Tag

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First of all, thank you to Tia @ Tia Says for tagging me! I’m currently obsessed with visuals of baked goods, and this cake tag was immensely satisfying. I wish that I could eat cakes as often as a I look at them, but alas…my skin hates them, and they go straight to my thighs! Haha. I would have never though to combine cakes and books, but someone did it (please let me know if you know who the creator of this tag is) and it works really well! I also had way too much fun assembling the images for this tag! You can feel free to re-use them as long as you keep the credits of the illustration-creator (Natalka_Dmirova from Freepik) and my credits on the images! If you want to, you can also do a shoutout for Natalka and her Dribble page, because her cake illustrations (and other works) are amazing! (But seriously, I’m half tempted now to make my next blog layout cake-themed, hahaha).

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Japan and Korea 2017 (Day 5) Part 1: Akihabara, and Shin Okubo

IMG_1481It appears that I’ve lost some momentum when it comes to these posts. Or maybe I’m in over my head when it comes to the other content on my blog. There’s also the fact that I get a little (to very) sad whenever I write these posts, because I miss Japan and my friends so much. But whichever the case, it’s looking like I’ll be posting these every 1-2 weeks, and I’m sorry about that! I’ll be uploading this post on a Thursday rather than a Friday to make up for it (not that that’s really much of a treat)! I hope that the wait will have been worth it because let me tell you…Day 5 was insanely busy, as it was a day we wanted to dedicate to Japan’s capital, and my planning skills are apparently amazing enough for us to cover four famous districts of Tokyo! Due to how much we did in one day though, I’ll be sectioning this day off into two parts! Continue reading for part 1!

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Zodiac Starforce: By the Power of Astra by Kevin Panetta, and Paulina Ganucheau (Review)

zodiac-starforceTitle: Zodiac Starforce: By the Power of Astra,
Author: Kevin Panetta and Paulina Ganucheau
Type: Fiction, Comic Book/Graphic Novel, YA
Genre: Fantasy, Magic
Publisher: Dark Horse Books
Date published: March 9, 2016
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 136
Source: Library

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Summary: They’re an elite group of teenage girls with magical powers who have sworn to protect our planet against dark creatures . . . as long as they can get out of class! Known as the Zodiac Starforce, these high-school girls aren’t just combating math tests. They’re also battling monsters–not your typical afterschool activity! But when an evil force from another dimension infects team leader Emma, she must work with her team of magically powered friends to save herself–and the world–from the evil Diana and her mean-girl minions!

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The Dragons of Nova by Elise Kova (Blog Tour: Review)

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Author: Elise Kova
Type: Fiction
Genre: YA, NA, Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Keymaster Press
Date published: July 11, 2017
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 488
Source: Publisher

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A physical copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher, and a digital copy was provided by the blog tour host through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

SummaryCvareh returns home to his sky world of Nova with the genius crafter Arianna as his temperamental guest. The mercurial inventor possesses all the Xin family needs to turn the tides of a centuries-old power struggle, but the secrets she harbors must be earned with trust — hard to come by for Ari, especially when it comes to Dragons. On Nova, Ari finds herself closer to exacting vengeance against the traitor who killed everything — and everyone – she once loved. But before Ari can complete her campaign of revenge, the Crimson Court exposes her shadowed past and reveals something even more dangerous sparking between her and Cvareh.

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Getting to Know You: Blogger Q and A Tag

q-and-aWell, this is the first NOT book-related tag I’ve been tagged in and I’m excited to start! Let’s see if I can answer these questions properly, shall we? But first, a big thank you to Idea Girl for tagging me, and Leo at Inkgirl Words for creating the tag!

– The Rules –

• Answer the questions down below
• Credit the creator of  the tag
• Nominate as many blogger as you want, it has to be 5+ though

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Calendar Girls August 2017 Read-A-Long: My Lady Jane (Announcement Post & Sign-Up)

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Welcome to the second Calendar Girls read-a-long, and the very first read-a-long which I am personally hosting! We are still trying to figure out the best way these read-a-longs will work for Melanie and myself, as well as (of course) the participants, so I would appreciate any feedback you may have! You can either leave your thoughts in the comments below, or contact me privately through my Contact page! If this is the first time you are hearing about Calendar Girls, it is a monthly blogging event which is a lot of fun! For more details, please go to my info page about Calendar Girls!

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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) (Review)

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Directed by: Luc Besson
Screenplay: Luc Besson
Music: Alexandre Desplat
Cinematography: Thierry Arbogast
Edited by: Julien Rey
Production Companies: EuropaCorp, Fundamental Films, BNP Paribas Fortis Film Finance, Universum Film, Gulf Film, River Road Entertainment, and Belga Films
Type: Fiction
Genre: Science Fiction, Action, Adventure
Producers: Luc Besson, and Virginie Besson-Silla
Distributed by: STX Entertainment, EuropaCorp
Rating: Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence and action, suggestive material and brief language.
Release Date: July 21, 2017imdb_logo_a_l
Running Time: 117 minutes
Source: Tickets purchased from Cineplex Canada.

Synopsis: A dark force threatens Alpha, a vast metropolis and home to species from a thousand planets. Special operatives Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.

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