The Bone Queen by Alison Croggon (ARC Review)

32284099Title: The Bone Queen: Pellinor: Cadvan’s Story
Author: Alison Croggon
Type: Fiction
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Epic Fantasy
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Date published: June 13, 2017 (originally published on February 18, 2016)
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 416
Source: Publisher

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Summary: Seduced into sorcery by an agent of the Dark, the promising Bard Cadvan of Lirigon recklessly unleashed the terrible Bone Queen, bringing destruction down upon Annar. Cadvan, cast out of the Schools of Barding for his crime, now lives in exile, burdened by memories of his dealings with the Dark. At Cadvan’s former home, his mentor, Nelac, and his rival, Dernhil, begin to suspect that the Bone Queen may yet lurk in Annar, and a young Bard, Selmana, is plagued by an ominous presence and an unsettling new ability to step between worlds. With darkness gathering and Bards giving in to fear and paranoia, a guilt-ridden Cadvan must earn back the Bards’ trust and Selmana must gain control of her newfound powers to bring peace to the living and the dead.

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The Mummy (2017) (Film Review)

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Directed by: Alex Kurtzman
Screenplay: David Koepp, Christopher McQuarrie, and Dylan Kussman
Music: Brian Tyler
Cinematography: Ben Seresin
Edited by: Paul Hirsch, Gina Hirsch, and Andrew Mondshein
Production Companies: Perfect World Pictures, Secret Hideout, Conspiracy Factory, and Sean Daniel Company
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Genre: Horror, Fantasy, Adventure, Action
Producers: Alex Kurtzman, Chris Morgan, Sean Daniel, and Sarah Bradshaw
Distributed by: Universal Pictures
Rating: Rated PG-13 for violence, action and scary images, and for some suggestive content and partial nudity.
Release Date: June 9, 2017
Running Time: 107 minutes
Source: Tickets purchased by my boyfriend from Cineplex Canada

Synopsis: Though safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess, whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension. Written by Universal Pictures

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Japan and Korea 2017 (Day 3): Rain in Tokyo, Starbucks, Tokyo Tower, and Yuri on Ice

8603567984_18c2029019_bIt’s finally time for me to share Day 3 with all of you! Doing this on a weekly basis is kind of hard on me, I’ll be honest, because I’m just impatient and want to tell you all about everything right now. But in order to do that, posting about one day per week is the only way to do it. It’s a rainy day here today, and it seems only fitting that I write about another rainy day today, which happened just a few weeks ago…

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Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse (Review)

26138370Title: Seven Days of You
Author: Cecilia Vinesse
Type: Fiction
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Imprint: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
Date published: March 7, 2017
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 336
Source: Library

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SummarySophia has seven days left in Tokyo before she moves back to the States. Seven days to say good-bye to the electric city, her wild best friend, and the boy she’s harbored a semi-secret crush on for years. Seven perfect days…until Jamie Foster-Collins moves back to Japan and ruins everything.

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Top Ten Tuesday (#27): Top Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start But Haven’t

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And I’m back! I’m sorry to have missed last week’s Top Ten Tuesday! I just don’t really pay attention to the dads in the books that I read…and therefore was unable to think of ten books to list for that prompt. I will have to go and check out the choices of those who did end up participating! Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads (real and literary) out there! This week it’s all about series we’ve been meaning to start, but just haven’t yet!

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Fight Like a YA Girl Book Tag

Fight-LIke-A-YA-Girl croppedThank you so much for Beware the Reader for tagging me to complete this tag, and also thank you to Krysti @ YAandWine for launching this awesome and fun tag! I also really like the quote which Beware the Reader took from Krysti’s original post:

“It is so important for everyone to see examples of strong women in books, television, and movies.

There are so many ways in which women exhibit strength, so this tag is meant to be a celebration of some those strengths.”

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Currently Reading, Watching, Listening To, Trying (#4)

ezgif-1-f3fef490bdWow! It’s been nearly 2 months since the last time I posted one of these. I’m awful, I’m sorry! In my defense though I didn’t really post anything on this blog for the 20+ days that I was away, haha. As some of you may have noticed, I added a section to this blog series titled “currently listening to” or “current top 10”! Due to the friends I hung out with, and the fact that we went to South Korea (ugh such a good trip), I returned to Canada with a renewed love and appreciation for kpop! I will therefore be including a top 10 kpop (and whatever music I may be listening to, which can definitely vary in genre) to each of these posts from now on! Please read on if you’re interested in what I’m currently obsessing over entertaining myself with!

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The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King (Mini ARC Review)

30811001Title: The Hundredth Queen
Author: Emily R. King
Type: Fiction
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance
Imprint:  Skyscape
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Date published: June 1, 2017
Format: Digital
Page Count: 300
Source: NetGalley

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A digital copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

SummaryAs an orphan ward of the Sisterhood, eighteen-year-old Kalinda is destined for nothing more than a life of seclusion and prayer. Plagued by fevers, she’s an unlikely candidate for even a servant’s position, let alone a courtesan or wife. Her sole dream is to continue living in peace in the Sisterhood’s mountain temple.

But a visit from the tyrant Rajah Tarek disrupts Kalinda’s life. Within hours, she is ripped from the comfort of her home, set on a desert trek, and ordered to fight for her place among the rajah’s ninety-nine wives and numerous courtesans. Her only solace comes in the company of her guard, the stoic but kind Captain Deven Naik.

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Japan and Korea 2017 (Day 2): Shinjuku, Shibuya, Sushi, and The Ghibli Museum

8603567984_18c2029019_bHello everyone! It’s time for me to tell you guys about the second day of my trip! I hope that you’re as excited to hear about it, as I am to tell you all about it. This was a very happy time for me, because not only was I back in Tokyo, one of my favourite places on earth, but I also have amazing parents who wanted to experience this place with me! I feel unbelievably blessed, and love you all for letting me re-experience this trip of a lifetime through my weekly posts about it all! In case you’re curious about Day 1, or simply haven’t read it yet, you can see it here. For those of you ready for Day 2, please read on!

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