Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Can't-Wait Wednesday: Doctor Who: Twelve Angels Weeping by Dave Rudden

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and talk about the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. It's based on Waiting On Wednesday hosted at Breaking the Spine.

Doctor Who: Twelve Angels Weeping: Twelve stories of the villains from Doctor Who by Dave Rudden
Expected publication: October 11th 2018 by BBC Children's Books

Twelve extraordinary Doctor Who stories, each featuring a monstrous villain from the Doctor Who world.

On every planet that has existed or will exist, there is a winter . . .

Many of the peoples of Old Earth celebrated a winter festival. A time to huddle together against the cold; a time to celebrate being half-way out of the dark.

But shadows are everywhere, and there are some corners of the universe which have bred the most terrible things, lurking in the cold between the stars.

Here are twelve stories - one for each of the Twelve Days of Christmas - to remind you that to come out of the darkness we need to go into it in the first place.

We are not alone. We are not safe. And, whatever you do: don't blink.

Written by popular children's author, and lifelong Doctor Who fan, Dave Rudden.

I'm a huge Doctor Who fan so I absolutely need need this book. It contains twelve stories each about a Doctor Who villain. I think it'll be perfect for both Halloween and Christmas. Also, it releases a couple of days after season 11 of Doctor Who will begin (with Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor!) so that makes it even better. I can't wait to read it!

Share your thoughts!
What do you think of this title?
Are you also a Doctor Who fan as well?
Who or what is your favorite Doctor Who villain? 

Monday, September 17, 2018

Artemis Fowl Series Reread: My Thoughts

I reread the first Artemis Fowl book every single year but it had been a long while since I reread the entire series so at the start of 2018 one of my bookish resolutions was to reread a book in the Artemis Fowl series every month until I finished and I completed my challenge at the end of August and it was amazing!
So today I'm just going to talk a little bit about my experience and which books in the series are my favorite.

Once upon a time when I was 13 or 14 (I can't remember exactly but it was around that age) I headed to the library, which I did a lot (😆) and this book caught my eye. The cover was beautiful in gold and sparkly. I picked it up and browsed the synopsis on the back and was intrigued right away because I read the book was about fairies and that wasn't exactly something I had read before at that point so I decided to borrow it. This book, of course, was Artemis Fowl. 

The story instantly hooked me and I remember I even went back a couple of months later to borrow it again because I loved it so much. And ever since then Artemis Fowl has been my favorite book ever. 

I'm 26 now and I'm still rereading Artemis Fowl every year. I just love picking up the book because it really feels like coming home. I know the story by heart. I can't really make a guess as to how many times I've actually read the book but it's quite a lot and when I was younger I reread the entire series frequently because back then I didn't really have a lot of access to new books or anticipate many releases so I basically just reread the same books over and over. Anyway, it had been a while since I did a reread of the series so I just decided to do it this year and it was the best decision ever. I loved picking up a book every month. I really enjoyed it and I'm surprised by how some thoughts about the books in the series have changed. I will write down those thoughts below.

                Thoughts and books rating
Here I will rate my favorite to least favorite books of the series, although I don't really have a least favorite because I really do love all the books but you get what I mean, right?

The first book

I don't think it's very surprising (at least not to me) that the first Artemis Fowl book is still my favorite. It's the book that started it all and the book I know the best. It introduced the amazing characters of Artemis, Holly, Butler, Mulch, Foaly, Juliet and many others. So I don't see how it couldn't be my favorite. I. LOVE. IT. SO. MUCH.

#2: The Opal Deception
The fourth book

This book has kind of always been my favorite even though it's easily the book that's the most sad. I don't really want to say why because I feel like that would be a huge spoiler but it involves a character's death. I remember well when I first read this book I had to go back and read that particular scene again because I just couldn't believe it. I think this was also my first experience with a beloved character dying. But even though it's a sad book it's also a fantastic book. The nonstop action really did it for me with this one. 

#3: The Last Guardian
The final book

I think a lot of people who've read the entire series will probably not agree with this being so high on the list of favorites in the series. It actually surprised me too. I'll explain... The last time I read this book was when it came out back in 2012 and when I had finished the book I couldn't help feeling a little bit disappointed with the ending that was a bit left open. Now that I've reread it for the first time I feel like I appreciate open endings more and this book was actually freaking amazing and easilt the third best one. I also gotta mention Opal Koboi. The archnemesis of Artemis and Holly. I hate her, obviously but I kind of love her too because she was just so evil and insane. Does that make sense? Haha

The seventh book

Again I feel this book isn't high on most people's list when talking about their favorite Artemis Fowl books. But I actually loved it so much for several reasons. One of them was that this book was a little different because of Artemis himself. This is the seventh book and after all the adventures he had and especially because of the time travel in book six he had developed a psychosis called the Atlantis Complex and this made Artemis' alter ego Orion appear. And let's just say that Orion isn't at all like how Artemis is in his normal state of mind. It was freaking hilarious and that's why it's number 4. (Ha-ha. Those who's read this book will understand why this is also funny)

#5: The Arctic Incident
The second book

Book two is really interesting because Holly is still feeling angry about everything that happened in book one and she wants a sort of revenge on Artemis but they end up having to work together to save Artemis' father from the Russian mob. Not a top favorite in the list but still five star worthy for me.

The third book

This book is probably where Artemis started getting more softer and friendly toward the fairies. Although that doesn't mean he wasn't up to some shenanigans after he stole some fairy tech. Things get real when Butler gets hurt real bad and Holly has to safe him. This is also the book where Artemis realizes things could've ended real bad for him and especially Butler, who's almost like a father to him, even though in book 2 Artemis got his actual father back. His bond with Butler can't be broken though. I really love their relationship, which isn't just bodyguard and principal but also a real friendship. Butler cares so much about Artemis. It's so beautiful!

#7: The Time Paradox
The sixth book

This book could get a bit confusing, I must admit. I still loved it but as you can guess from the title it had to do with time travel, which is always kind of confusing. At the end of book 6 Artemis came back after being gone for three years (wibbily wobbly timey wimey). He now has twin brothers and he's actually trying 
to be a good big brother to them. Then his mother started getting sick and no
human doctor could figure out why. And of course he turns to magic, time
travel to be exact. I had a really good time reading this book because it had been 
so long and I had honestly forgotten what it was all about so it was fun to kind
of rediscover it all.

#8: The Lost Colony
The fifth book

So this is the only Artemis Fowl book where I changed the rating from the initial 5/5to 4/5. Don't get me wrong, this wasn't a bad book at all. Obviously four stars is really good as well but I just felt it wasn't as good as the others and it just missed a little something extra. I did love the introduction of the character of Number One. I've just aways loved him and also liked his appareances in some of the other books. The character of Minerva is one I should probably mention too. She was supposed to be the girl equivalent of Artemis but I never really did like her. And she also never came quite to Artemis' intellect in my opnion. I'm glad she never showed up again in any of the other books.

  The Movie and Fowl Twins Books

The movie:
I'm super excited about the upcoming movie that's set to release in 2019. There have been a lot of rumors of a movie over the last few years so I still can't quite believe that it's actually happening last year. I just can't wait to go to the movie theater and finally see my favorite book as a movie. Now, I do know that there will be a lot of changes like Holly being played by a kid (she's not a kid in the books) but I'm keeping an open mind about that until I see the movie. Another change is that they made Root a female. Initially I was a little upset about that because a big part of the books is about Holly being the first female captain in the LEP and that takes a little away from that but Judi Dench is playing Root and somehow I don't care about that anymore because I love Judi Dench so I think it should be okay. Other than that I haven't heard of anything else that might be different but I'm sure there will be so I'm trying not to go in with too many expectations. One thing I'm super excited about though is Mulch Diggums being played by Josh Gad. He's going to be utterly perfect as Mulch. Best casting ever in my opinion. I think I'll definitely do a movie review when I finally get to see the movie. It should release in August 2019 but I don't know the exact date for Belgium yet so we'll see.

The Fowl Twins books:
A few months ago it was announced that Eoin Colfer is writing a book about Artemis Fowl's younger twin brothers and I thought my heart would explode because I'd always wanted more books set in this world. The first book is set to release in 2020.
From Goodreads:
Artermis Fowl's younger twin brothers, Myles and Beckett, after being left alone for just one night, must save a troll from a nefarious nobleman and an interrogating nun--each of whom need the magical creature for their own gain.

It sounds freaking awesome and I don't think I'll be able to contain my excitement when the book will be released. I'm SO excited!

Also want to mention that the Artemis Fowl books will get new covers too, which is something I'm also very excited for because I've wanted new covers for ages. Especially for the first book because my copy is kind of falling apart. So this would be perfect and how beautiful are they?! I simply must have them all!


Have you read Artemis Fowl? Are you also excited for the movie? Let me know!

Friday, September 14, 2018

Rapid Fire Book Tag

Hey everyone! I hope you're all doing well. Today I have a book tag for you all. It's been a while since I did one so I thought today would be pretty perfect for it. I found it on The Bibliophile Girl. The original post is here. Definitely go check out her blog!

I'm not going to tag anyone specifically but if you feel like doing it consider yourself tagged.

E-Book Or Physical Book?

Physical book are my preference but I do read more e-books in general. And I gotta admit it's super easy to read e-books because I can take them everywhere with me and I don't have to haul any books that might be heavy. Physical books are much prettier to look at, though.

Paperback Or Hardback?

Hardback all the way! They might be more expensive or heavier than paperbacks but I'm also less likely to ruin a hardback than a paperback. It's happened more than I'd like to admit so if I can I buy the hardback.

Online Or In-Store Book Shopping?

I shop mostly online for books because it can be so much more expensive in a bookstore. I do like browsing bookstores, even when I'm not planning on buying anything book. It's just nice to walk around in them to see what books they have. 

Trilogies Or Series?

This is actually the hardest question for me because I honestly don't care whether I read a trilogy or series. Is it a trilogy? Fine. Is it a series? Also fine. So both!

Heroes Or Villains?

Gotta love villains! I just think they're far more interesting than heroes. There's usually so many layers and backstory to them. Even if they're completely evil I tend to like them more.

A Book You Want Everyone To Read?

I'm going to go with my favorite book of the year so far — My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie. It's a novel about Eliza Schuyler Hamilton. {Review}

Recommend An Underrated Author?

Amie O'Brien. Last year I fell in love with her debut novel The Merchant's Pearl and I'm eagerly awaiting the sequel. I'm sure not a lot of readers actually know her but I'd highly recommend The Merchant's Pearl. {Review}
She's a wonderful writing and such a nice person as well. Learn more about Amie here

The Last Book You Finished?

The Other Wind by Ursula Le Guin. An amazing last book in an equally amazing series. Highly recommended!

Weirdest Thing You’ve Used As A Bookmark?

I don't think I haven't ever used anything weird as a bookmark because I own a million bookmarks and always have one near me.

Used Books: Yes Or No?

BIG YES! I visit used bookstores every now and then so have quite a few used books in my possession. I don't really care if the books I buy are used or brand new as long as they're not in tatters or anything. And they're usually cheaper to buy too. ;)

Top Three Favourite Genres?

Historical fiction, Nonfiction (as long as it has to do with history) and Fantasy. 

Borrow Or Buy?

Buy is my preference. But I do borrow books every now and then if I see something I like at the library. Still, there's just something about owning the books you read and being able to put them on your bookshelf forever.

Character Or Plot?

Character for sure! Don't get me wrong, a good plot is nice as well but it doesn't mean a thing to me if I don't like the characters so I've always been more into character driven books.

Long Or Short Books?

I definitely prefer long books versus short books. But I'd rather not read anything that's a over a 1000 pages. That's a bit much to much, although I have read long books like that. It was quite the struggle.

Name The First Three Books You Think Of

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Ecstasy by Mary Sharratt
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Books That Make You Laugh Or Cry?

Airman by Eoin Colfer are manages to make me sob like a baby. I've read this book so many times over the years every since the book came out around 2009 but it still grips me so hard. Everyone should read it. It's amazing!

Our World Or Fictional?

Fictional of course! I don't think anyone would choose our world when we can pick a fictional one. Especially if we could spend time with our favorite characters.

Audiobooks: Yes Or No?

Yes. But I've only gotten more into audiobooks this year. I only listen to an audiobook when I'm walking my dog or am taken public transportation because I get motion sick so I can't read in a moving vehicle. Especially in the last few months I've listened to a lot more audiobooks so now I like them a lot.

Do You Ever Judge A Book By Its Cover?

I'd like to say no but I do tend to judge a book by its cover. I mean, it's the first thing you notice when you see a book and I'm less likely to pick it up when the cover isn't nice to look at.

Book To Movie Or Book To TV?

Definitely book to TV. There have been good book to movie adaptions but with book to TV adaptations there's definitely more than you can get out of than with one movie of two hours. TV series can go on for YEARS.

A Movie Or TV Show That You Preferred To The Book?

Howl's Moving Castle. Don't get me wrong because I love the book so much. It's one of my favorite books ever but I think I prefer the movie a little bit more. The book and movie are quite different though so that's probably one of the reasons why. And I just love Studio Ghibli films so much!

Series Or Standalones?

SERIES SERIES SERIES SERIES! There are several standalones that I have enjoyed but I'm always left wanting so much more. Sigh...

Let me know in the comments one answer to any of these questions. I'd love to learn more about you all and see if any of my answers match yours. ♥