Poetry Recommendations

I must be true in this blog, so I’m going to admit that most poetry is a no for me. I hated every single poetry book I had to read for school and I really don’t see the hype surrounding most of them. I was never able to understand poetry, it had these words that I didn’t understand the meaning of and this metaphors that my brain couldn’t figure out, so I grew up hating it.

A year ago I found my place in poetry, I understood that not all of it was a puzzle for me, at least not the modern one. Nowadays people write in a different way, a way that is easier for me to keep up with, (please don’t think I’m dumb for not understanding classic poetry).

Now, I found voices that I can relate too, that tell me about power, society’s problems and life in general, not sad because life is not good, like classic poetry did many times, but happy because you’re alive and you have the power to change and be better. Now I have my favourite poems, poets and poetry collections.

Today, I thought about sharing with you some poetry recs.

 

 

 

I left my favourites for last, they are just amazing.

  • Broken Flowers by robert m drake:  this is probably one of the most famous poets in every social media you can imagine, if you look for rm drake, thousands of poems will pop up. Here are some of his poems:

 

 

  • ERIN HANSON: I am not even going to choose a book from her, she is my favourite poet, she wrote the poems that most feature in my journal and they were the ones who thought me how to like poetry. I don’t think she is very famous, but her poems are writen in a very simple way, talking about what’s worst in our society, life and the love for yourself.

 

My favourite Erin Hanson’s Poems:

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Erin Hanson’s books:  Reverie: thepoeticunderground ; Voyage: thepoeticunderground 2 ; Dreamscape: thepoeticunderground 3

 

You can also find her poems on instagram: @thepoeticunderground


 

If you have some poetry recommendations, I would love if you told me about them. 

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Antecipated Releases For The Rest Of 2017

The first half of this year, 2017, was full with awesome movies, books and even tv shows coming out. This year we got to see Spiderman Homecoming, which I haven’t seen yet, and This Beautiful Fantastic, also the tv adaptation for Thirteen Reasons Why came out in March. In the bookish area the best releases for me were A Court Of Wings and Ruin and  The Gentleman’s Guide For Vice and Virtue, even though I haven’t picked up a single book that was released this year, besides a comic book that comes out in October.

This post, as it is explained in the title, is only dedicated to books, movies and tv shows that aren’t out yet.

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This blog is dedicated, mostly, to books so I felt the need to start with that, here are the releases for the rest of the year that I am keeping an eye on. These books are not in order of publication.

 

Wild Beauty: Goodreads // Release date: October 3rd

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They Both Die At The End: Goodreads // Release date: September 5th

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Tower Of Dawn: Goodreads // Release Date: September 5th

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The Language Of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic: Goodreads // Release Date: September 26th

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Girls Made Of Snow and Glass: Goodreads // Release Date: September 5th

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Without Merit: Goodreads // Release Date: October 3rd

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Moxie: Goodreads // Release Date: September 19th

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Warcross: Goodreads // Release Date: September 12th

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I consider myself a movie enthusiat, I have seen White House Down almost 15 times and don’t even get me started on the Harry Potter series. I love movies, I prefer action and fantasy but I also like romance, comedy and movies about World War Two.

I am sorry for the list being so long, here are some awesome movies that come out before the end of the year.

 

The Greatest Showman: Trailer // Release Dates

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Don’t let the movie poster fool you, it has an amazing trailer.

Home Again: Trailer // Release dates

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Breathe: Trailer // Release Dates

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Justice League: Trailer // Release Dates

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Pitch Perfect 3: Trailer // Release Dates

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Ferdinand: Trailer // Release Dates

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I watch a lot of Tv Shows, more than I like to admit, actually. My favourites include The 100 and How To Get Away With Murder, you can see my Top 5 in this post.

Recently I have found a tv shows that seems really interesting and will be airing on October.

 

The Good Doctor: Trailer // Release date: September 26th

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FREDDIE HIGHMORE!

 

And this is pretty much every movie, book and tv show release I’m looking forward to in the last months of 2017.

Are you excited for something that is going to be released soon? 

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The Harry Potter Spells Tag

Greatings fellow book lovers.

I think a big important thing about the book community is Harry Potter, half, or maybe more, of us consider J.K. Rowling a queen, me included. Harry Potter is one of the best series ever, I would be the happiest person ever if I could enter in this amazing world.

This book tag was originally created by Turtle Symphaty on youtube, I’ll link the video here but for some reason it is no longer available.

Here it goes, the Harry Potter Spells Tag:

1. EXPECTO PATRONUM : A childhood book connected to good memories.

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Something that I really enjoyed as a kid, actually nowadays i still enjoy it, is when the main character understands that the popular guy doesn’t deserve her attention and she finds other person that actually likes her, I believe I always valued the fact that you know that you deserve better than some stupid guy who believes he’s the center of the universe.

When I was looking for the goodreads link for Never kiss a witch!, I found out that it is actually a series and not a stand alone like I always thought it was, now I feel bad for my younger self, I should have read them all, they were really funny and sweet.

2. EXPELLIARMUS: A book that took you by surprise.

When I received this book I must admit that I was kind of disappointed, my sister had received Everything, Everything in the same day and I was just like “How can she have the book that I’ve been craving for?”. Overall, I ended up dnf-ing Everything, Everything and giving 4 starts to Finding Audrey on goodreads.

I am fully aware that Finding Audrey is full of flaws, the writing is not perfect, the side characters are not the best, but it doesn’t matter that much when you have a main character dealing with an issue that is very relatable nowadays, but even though this is a usual subject, it is never analysed enough and the way that the author deals with anxiety in here is really genuine.

 3. PRIOR INCANTATO: The last book you read.

I was very convinced that I would hate The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater as soon as I picked it out, but I wanted to see if the hype was true. When I finished it here’s what I published on goodreads:

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Maggie Stiefvater has the power of leaving me speechless whenever I finish one of her books, I can never organize my ideias and my feelings. I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO EVERYONE!

4. ALOHAMORA: A book that introduced you to a genre you had not considered before.

I have never been into non-fiction before, I thought that I wouldn’t like it, but turns out I read an amazing book called We should all fe feminists, since then I have read another book that was non-fiction and now I am really looking forward to read more books about feminism.

The other day, I came across this post about We Should All Be Feminists and I believe you should read it, the author has an amazing point of view about this topic and she has so much talent when it comes to writing.

I know that I talk about this book in every single tag, but I love it with every cell I have. 😁

5. RIDDIKULUS: A funny book you’ve read.

I think we all agree that the Percy Jackson books are funny as hell, the book I am going to choose for this one is Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods, I read it last year and I remember laughing so much while I was reading it.

I learned some things with this book:  1. I was right when I said that greek mythology was not boring at all; 2. HERA THREW LITTLE HEPHAESTUS OUT OF THE WINDOW! 3. That was lots of incest between the gods. 😒😒

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6. SONORUS: A book you think everybody should know about.

I was here by Gayle Forman is a book that deals with suicide so you should have that in mind before picking it up.

Cody and Megan were best friends, inseparable, until Megan commites suicide and suddenly Cody starts to question how much did she actually knew about Megan’s recent life. Cody can’t handle the fact that Megan is dead, so she tries to find people to blame for her death.

This is an emotional story about redemption and “finding a way to move forward even in the face of unspeakable loss”.

I think that suicide is kind of a tabu topic on our society, you don’t want to talk about it when it happens in other families, you are not able to talk about it when it happens in yours. This has to change.

Something you must keep in mind is that this is your life, and even if you don’t have a saying on not getting depressed, you have a saying on getting better, you choose to get better. There is always something worth being alive for. Life is a gift, please don’t throw it away. 

If you want to talk, you can contact me on twitter, talking makes things better, talking to a stranger may be easier than talking to a loved one.

7. OBLIVIATE: A book or spoiler you would like to forget having read.

If you read The Death Cure and died on page 250 you know what I am talking about. I got spoiled for a mind blowing part of the Maze Runner trilogy and even though I cried like a baby when I read it, I believe it would have been diferent if I didn’t knew about it, it would have surprised me and killed me.

8. IMPERIO: A book you had to read for school.

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I read many books for school, I liked one. I just think that it would be better if they upgraded the books that we are forced to read to books that actually mean something to our society, that can make us better citizens.

The books I read gave an awesome ideia of what was the society in 1875 and 1717, it really does, but we should be reading about books that give us an ideia of the poor society we live in nowadays.

That’s why I liked “Felizmente há luar!” (fortunately there’s moonlight!) because, unlike the others, they talk about people that are willing to fight for what’s right and for what they believe in.

 

9. CRUCIO: A book that was painful to read.

Everything, Everything, I hated the main character, it was disappointing to read such a genuine ideia being thrown out.

 

10. AVADA KADAVRA: A book that could kill (interpret as you will).

Leigh Bardugo ia a genious and Six Of Crows took over my life. The back stories of the six main character can kill you, I am warning you, it is emotional as hell.

As I’ve said before, if someone ever decides to make an adaptation out of this duology, PLEASE, let me play Nina, I’ll probably kill an amazing adaptation but PLEASE!

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Top 5 Thursday: Books that have personal meaning to me

Everytime I read a book it means something to me, I’ll probably remember something about it forever, but these books are different, these books mean special things to me, personal things.

I can’t choose only one book out of this series, I always loved them all. When I was a kid, my godmother used to give me tons of books, she thought every ocasion was good to give a book, I remember that she gave the first ones when I didn’t even knew how to read. Geronimo Stilton was the series that marked my childhood the most.

Geronimo Stilton was and still is a big part of my life, I own 15 books and also some movies. I don’t quite know why this was such an important thing on my childhood, I devored those books, I believe they were the first books I read about mystery and crime solving. Today I consider it to be the series that got me into reading.

 

  • Harry Potter and The Order Of The Phoenix: Goodreads

I’ll admit it, please don’t throw rocks at me, I read Harry Potter and The Goblet Of Fire before I read the rest, actually I’m reading them in order now.

There I was, a 12 year old girl spending some days on her uncle’s house, with a 800 pages book on her hands, excited like hell to read it. I read this book in 4 days and as soon as I finished it, I started rereading it.

Everytime I am feelling down I reread this book or the one that is bellow this one. Harry Potter and The Order Of The Phoenix still is, to this day, my favourite Harry Potter book and I believe it is going to keep like this.

 

4.12 stars of rating on goodreads, pretty good, but not enough, this book deserves all the starts for a simple reason: it has the character that everyone in the book community was waiting to read about.

Cath is like us, a fangirl, she reads, she writes and she is considered one of the most relatable characters I have ever read about. Fangirl has different and unique characters.

Relatablility is the thing that puts this book in this list, every time I read Fangirl it speaks to me in a very magical way, I can, without even trying, to place myself in Cath’s place.

 

I read this book in an afternoon, it was the fastest book I read in my life, I loved every single sentence of it and I will read it and recommend it and quote it to anyone who believes gender inequality is a non-existent thing. *Mr.whompa loompa, president of USA*.

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Because of this book you can see that in my blog’s sidebar, specifically on my Get To Know Me text, I consider myself a feminist and I’ve been doing it since I read this book, it doesn’t mean I wasn’t a feminist before, I just started calling myself a feminist then because I realized that it was a bigger issue than i thought.

This book made me the activist that I am today, last year, in the same class, I managed to make a public speaking about Gender Equality ( in which a got 20/20) and a essay about environment, two things that I am really passionate about.

 

I finished reading this amazing book in June 18th, I created this blog a couple of days after it. This was the book that got me into blogging.

None of my friends reads fantasy, most of them are into contemporary and romance so when I finished acomaf I had an urge to talk to someone about it, it was he best book I read this year and the feelings that it left me with were taking over my life. Therefore I created High Lady’s Library which now is big part of my life.

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Bookish Gifts

Do you need to give a present to a bookworm? Are you a bookworm and you don’t know what bookish item should you buy for yourself? Don’t worry, I’ve got your back. Today I will be listing some of the best gifts you can give to a book lover.

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90% of the book community has the desire of buying bookish candles, me included. But we all know that some of us can’t aford to buy candles for more than $3, so I guess that a candle would be an awesome ideia for someone that has a few or even none.

The internet is floating with candle companys but here are some of the ones I most appreciate, for the hype and for the good looking candles, I can’t tell you about the smell because I don’t own any bookish candles.

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By the way, if I ever buy a bookish candle is going to be from this store, I am completly in love with their candles. 😍 And they actuallly are not that pricey, each of them costs $8.

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You have no ideia, or maybe you have, of the horror of buying a book and leaving the bookstore to find that inside that book there is not a matching bookmark. I have many bookmarks, but I love matching the book with the bookmark.

Recently, I’ve found many awesome bookmarks shops, here are my favourites:

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Look at the little Feyre and Rhysand, this store has the cutest magnetic bookmarks. 

  • Dreamy&Co: instagram // website 

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I am a hardcore fan of booktube, that means I’ve seen many subscription box’s unboxings, and one of the coolest things they recieve on that boxes is prints. I love prints, expeacially the ones that portrait ACOTAR characters.

Here are some of my favourite stores and a different way you can get prints if you don’t have enough money to buy them.

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Evie Bookish does not only design prints but also mugs, bookmarks, phone cases, tote bags, t-shirts and many other things that you can find on her society 6 page linked above.

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This designer sells many things besides prints, but the prints are the thing that is been getting a lot of hype recently, most of them are, of course, from the Acotar series by Sarah J. Maas.

  • Get the actual prints online : 

I know this may sound kind of stupid but you can actually print them at home, it is bad because the designer doesn’t get the money, but you print them in nice and strong paper and it’s ready to go.

I have a collection called “Books” on weheartit.com dedicated to books, there you can find various prints from various books:

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Funko pops ( instagram // twitter // website) are one of the cutest things ever, but the thing is they are really expensive, so if you don’t mind spending this kind of money on a present, I promise you that the person you give the funko to will love it.

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There are more bookish presents than these but these are the ones that I know most of the book community will like.

Are you thinking about buying any of these things? If you have any doubt about these bookish goodies, you can comment down bellow, I’ll definitely answer it. 😊😊

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#TheReadingQuest Sign-Up Post and TBR

Hello fellow book lovers.

I recently decided that I will join another reading challenge, I loved Booktube-a-thon with every cell I have and I want to be able to keep as connected to the book community as possible.

This reading challenge is called #TheReadingQuest, it takes place between August 13th and September 10th and it is based on a bingo board, the path you take on the bingo board is entirely depent on your choosen Character Class. I am certainly not the qualified enough to talk about this game so check out the post about this in the author’s blog: @readatmidnight.

Also I would love to give an aplause to CW of Read, Think, Ponder‘s beautiful artwork, you should definetly go give her some love on her blog.

If you want to join #TheReadingQuest you must follow what this post says, the sign up form is only open until August 13th.

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I decided to choose The Mage’s path because that is my kind of read and it completly is what I am in the mood for. As the game says: As wielders of spells and witchcraft, these players will conjure and summon their way through the First Down path on the quest. Their tomes contain magic and whispers of alternate lands. So, I’ll be playing as a Mage.

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As I am really bad in this photo editing thing, this is what my character ID card looks like, please don’t mind the fact that it has very different fonts than what it was supposed to. 😁😁

 

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As I said before, my character is going to take the first path down on the quest, I believe you can see it if you look for it in the board, it starts with “A book with a one word title” and it ends in “The first book of a series”, my path is connected by the yellow dots.

 

#TheReadingQuest TBR

Even though I will change this TBR in the first days of the reading challenge, here it is, every challenge from the Mage’s path and some additional challenges I pretend to do as well.

 

🌙 A book with a one word title

Vicious by V.E. Schwab.

🌙 A book that contains magic

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare.

🌙 A book based on mythology

The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan.

🌙 A book that is set in a different world

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder.

🌙 A first book of a series

To all the boys I’ve loved before by Jenny Han.

 

Additional Challenge: I don’t plan on reading all of the books bellow, but as I don’t know which challenges I want to do it yet, here are the ones that appealed to me the most:

🌙 Animal Companion : Book Refering an animal on the cover

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertally.

🌙 Mini Game: Read a graphic novel, novella or poem collection

Wonder Woman Vol. 3 : The truth (Rebirth) by Greg Rucka

or The Poetic Underground by Erin Hanson. ❤️

🌙 Grind : a book with +500 pages

Queen Of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas.

🌙 Open World : Read Whatever you want

I don’t know what I am going to choose for this one yet.

🌙Time Warp: A bookset in either the past or the future

The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides.


 

That is everything I am planning to read for #TheReadingQuest. Are you participating in this reading challenge? Which path are you taking? Are you participating in other challenges this month?

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Top 5 Thursday: Fantasy Series I want to Read

Hello and welcome to this week’s Top 5 Thursday, today I’ll be sharing with you the fantasy series that I want to read, this includes trilogys and duologies.

To bring this post to life I spent half an hour searching through my “To Read” pile on goodreads, it now contains 216 books, not an easy task folks.

There are many more series that I want to read that are not included in here because this is only my top 5, and these ones are what I am in the mood for.

 

1. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer:

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Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder’s brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it “a matter of national security,” but Cinder suspects it’s more serious than he’s letting on.

Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder’s intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that’s been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter’s illness, Cinder’s stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an “honor” that no one has survived.

But it doesn’t take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for.

Since I started watching Once Upon A Time, I’ve been in a fairytale vibe, due to the fact that all of the books in this series are fairytale retellings and they are, also, science fiction, I’ve been dying to buy the first book and dive into this amazing world.

 

2. Monsters Of Verity by V.E. Schwab:

this-savage-song-victoria-schwabSynopsis: There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwaba young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake.
Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

I fell for booktube some months before the first book of this series came out, and I remember watching so many people talking about how great it was that I knew I had to read it, besides it sounded beyond amazing. Longer than a year has now passed, and I still haven’t read it, go figure!

 

3. Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff:

illuminae-filesSynopsis: This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

BRIEFING NOTE: Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

I am going to be honest, this one, I have seen in a bookstore, but I only went there once and I needed to buy Harry Potter and the Chamber Of Secrets, so I left it there. I am not going to forget the feeling of having Illuminae in my hands and having to put it back, can you hear my shattered heart, can you?

4. The Wrath and The Dawn by Renne Ahdieh: 

1Synospsis: One Life to One Dawn.

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?

In one of my classes, we were analyzing a book when we came across a reference to “The book of the thousand nights and one night” and one of the students didn’t knew the story so my teacher told him to look it up and tell the story to everyone in the next class. The next day while he was telling the story I could only picture this book, it is stuck in my head now and it says it will only leave me alone when I read it.

5. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder:

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Synopsis: Choose: A quick death…Or slow poison…

About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She’ll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.

And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly’s Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.

As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can’t control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren’t so clear.

 

I have seen people rambling about this book, and I want to see if the hype for it is true so I am expecting to read it for #thereadingquest (my TBR for it is going to be up soon). I am so intrigued with this synopsis and the main character has a Celaene Sardothien vibe that I am really pumped about.


 

If you want to, feel free to post a comment telling me fantasy series that you love and think I should read. Thank you for reading this post. 😘😘

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