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Monday, 1 September 2014

What are YOU reading? #233

What are you reading on Monday? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys where you post books completed last week and plans for upcoming books. Jump over to her blog and see who else is participating.


What Are You Playing At? by Marie-Sabine Roger and Anne Sol
Children's, Non-Fiction, Flap book
(A funny and true depiction of turning gender stereotypes around...)

Milly, Molly and BushBob by Gill Pittar and Cris Morrell
Children's, 7 years +
(If you are used to something, you can't imagine any other way of life as BushBob discovers...)

Miss Prince by Alicia L. Wright
Children's, 11 years +
(I loved the way vampires are created!)

The Phoenix Presents Long Gone Don by The Etherington Brothers
Children's, 5 years +
(A totally bonkers tale that made me laugh a lot!)

The Apple Tart of Hope by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald
11 years +
(Apple tart was almost the sweetest part of this cleverly layered story!) 

Knightmare: Feast Fight by Peter Bently
Children's, 5 years +
(Having the King and Queen visit Sir Percy causes Cedric endless trouble...)

Knightmare: Damsel Distress by Peter Bently
Children's, 5 years +
(I love the princess's attitude!)

Mulberry to the Rescue! by Che Golden
Children's, 9 years +
(Horse thieves make Sam's life both upsetting and exciting!) 

Finding A Voice by Kim Hood
Children's, 11 years +
(Jo struggles with her mum's mental illness, but making a new friend changes everything [eventually]...)

Tiger Moth by Suzi Moore
Children's, 9 years +
(Family secrets, danger and friendship...)


Wednesdays in the Tower by Jessica Day George
Children's, 9 years +
(Evil Author alert, this ends with a cliffhanger!!!! I'm one unhappy reader as a result!)


Once Upon A Time
Fantasy drama, English
(Season 2 is much darker so I'm only able to watch an episode 1-3 times a week rather than 3+ per viewing session...)

My Little Pony Friendship is Magic
REWATCH! - Anime, English
(Apple Bloom struggles to deal with teasing about the way Granny Smith makes zap apple jam...)

Puri Para
Anime, Japanese
(Waiting for each new episode for this super fun series is a form of torture! I'm loving it so much I'm simply rewatching the eps until another comes out!)

Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream
REWATCH! - Anime, Japanese
(*happy sigh* I wish being a prism star was real! The jumps are heaps of fun!)

REWATCH! - Anime, Japanese
(I love how I'm suped excited about each episode despite having seen it a few times already...)

Drama, English
(I only watched part of the episode before giving up. Not watching anymore!)

Craft, Games and more!
Here's a picture of one blanket I've finished...

Here's one I'm working on....

And I can't show you the one I'm doing for a friend as she visits my blog regularly and I don't want her to see it before I give it on Monday.


....I've been playing heaps on Diner Dash for Kindle, or maybe Cooking Dash...both are by PlayFirst and brilliant, highly addictive if you have a scrap of competitiveness, which I do. 10/10E as I prefer permanent boosts not ones which last briefly. 

I've played a little on Littlest Pet Shop, Ice Age and My Little Pony by Gameloft but not heaps on these 10E/10E games as I wasn't in the mood. 

I've also played on Gardens Inc From Rakes to Riches, which is 9/10E this week as I find the thieves annoying and not endearing as they steal money! Bring back the crows!!

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Blog Tour: My Tethered Soul by Dorothy Dreyer (Young Adult, 9/10E, semi short 'n' sweet review)

17th August 2014, Month9Books, 272 pages, Ebook, Review copy 

Book Blurb
It’s been months since Zadie faced her sister’s Reaper, months during which she’s been under her mentor’s magical protection. But now that she’s turning seventeen, that protection is about to run out.

When dark forces lure Zadie to wander at night, she’s manipulated into committing unspeakable acts. With her friends and family at risk, Zadie must try to use her powers to break free from the Reaper’s grasp, or surrender to the Reaper’s Rite, which can only lead to death.

Nayu's thoughts
It's here! Dorothy's second book is here!!!! Whoohoo! Er yes, I was excited to be able to take part in this tour. I know Dorothy through Twitter *waves hi*, & her first book, My Sister's Reaper had me wanting to know what happens next in Zadie's life. 

The reason for the grade is, I think, more a me thing. I don't think I was quite in the mood for the book when I started to read it. I knew Zadie from book 1, so it was like returning to visit an old friend, but initially I wasn't 100% hooked. However, that changed as soon as things started to happen. I mean, being covered in mud knowing nothing about it is more than a bit odd. Trust me when I say it gets much scarier, and had me unable to put the book down. (It's such a good thing when I read I usually have a few hours free to read uninterrupted). It was a shame that her wanderings couldn't have been to an ice cream palour or a milkshake bar, since mud is very icky. (Yes I really think that.)

I was terrified what Zadie would be forced to do. I loved the way Mara and Gavin protected her (it doesn't always work...). Yes, I liked watching Zadie learn more magic, and the Reaper be scary, but, what I loved most of all was the sense of family. Zadie and Mara shared the ups and downs that all sisters do. I whooped loads when something wonderful happened to Mara. She totally deserved it, and seeing it happen added another dimension to the story as well as simply making me smile. I understood why Mara found it so hard to visit their mother, and the mixed emotions which Zadie felt about the whole situation. There were times when I seriously thought things were Very Bad and that a happy was impossible. It was a bittersweet one, that's for sure, and a must read for anyone's bookshelf. 

Find out more on Dorothy's website. Here's a little bit of info about her too.
Dorothy Dreyer has always believed in magic. She loves reading, writing, movies, and spending time with her family and friends. Half-American and half-Filipino, Dorothy lives in Germany with her husband and two children.

Author Links:  Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Suggested read
This is an obvious suggestion, read My Sister's Reaper (Young Adult, 10/10E) to see where it all began for Zadie.


Grab the chance to win a copy of Dorothy's book in the giveaway run by the tour organisers. Here are the important details; 

Winner will be drawn September 13, 2014
  •   Four (4) winners will receive a digital copy of My Tethered Soul by Dorothy Dreyer (INT)
  •  One (1) winner will receive a digital copy of My Tethered Soul by Dorothy Dreyer AND a $10 Amazon Gift Card or B&N Gift Card – Winner’s Choice (INT)

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Friday, 29 August 2014

Nayu's News #141: Inspired Muse

It's the weekend - whoohoo! I'm putting this up in advance because I need to take my pain treatment of Ketamine tonight. I think it's been about 7 weeks since the last dose, which is the longest I've gone without it this year. Come back wonderful heat wave! So tomorrow will probably be spent baking cupcakes to get rid of excess energy,
Cupcake time!
  scheduling up a whole load of reviews
 (less energetic way to get rid of my hyperactivity, which can be productive),
'I love this book because...'
  and reading.
Lost in a book (or 3...)
  Or something else. It always makes me antsy, but it's worth having the edge taken of the pain. Plus I don't have to do it in hospital any more! Yay!!! 
Home is far more comfy, involves no travelling (so less tiring)...and doesn't look like this, but is an option I only dreamed off a year or so ago.

Anyway, last weekend was awesome. It was super long due to a national holiday on the Monday, and me taking Thursday & Friday off work because I was going to stay over at a friend's. 
Me being brave
It involved going on the evil Motorway, something I don't enjoy, but was better than 2+ hours on the backroads, which is my preferred way of travelling. Given that my journey with 2 stops was 2hrs, the backroads would have taken 3-4 hours...

I had loads of fun with my friend! We chatted a lot about books, 
We discussed children's books, young adult, new adult, favourites, ones we'd like to try...
played with her cute bunnies
Mine are of the stuffed variety.. friend has live ones!
I even taught her to crochet!
Remove one girl, switch the knitting for crochet & you have an accurate pic!
It's so fun doing craft with a friend!
I've never taught anyone before, so it was a learning experience for me...especially when I realised I'd been missing out a crucial step! By the time I left she'd made 2 small squares which may not have been exactly square in shape but they were a great effort for a beginning. Hopefully she will stay hooked! She's already going to make her friends crochet bracelets as presents (using beads). Yay! I love encouraging craft. 

Sleepy Nayu...
Being social, the long drive and staying 1 night was tiring, so I did rest well once I returned. The reason for this post's title is that ever since I stayed with my friend, Muse has been energised to the nth degree. 
Time to write! Let's write! Squeeee!
She is bouncing off the walls, compared to her usual quiet sulky self who communicates with a lot of glaring and poking.
Whatever her mood, Muse is always cute!
By watching Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream, 
Scenes of Rhythm performing Prism Jump Macaroon Spin
Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live, 
Otoha isn't as shy as she looks
Top Idol Mizuki being Mizuki, showin her pretty aura
 and only just being aired Puri Para (or however you spell it. Pri Para doesn't like correct to m because the Japanese prounciation of Pri is Puri) 
Lala is wearing a Wonderland outfit!
Muse & I are editing my wip full of energy. We've made it past page 3 & 5 (something which I never thought would happen). I'm cutting a fair bit out, adding some new material in. It's all fine tuning which is super fun as Muse reveals layers to the story which I hadn't known were there. 
I didn't know that!!

Today I haven't written at all, despite it being my day off. Wednesdays are a time to rest for me, so that's what I've been doing. I read all morning (3 books in total) 
Reading. Don't disturb me.
I meant to watch anime after lunch, but simply had to finish the book I'd started.
Just a few more pages....
Then I watched anime! Puri Para is my current favourite - sadly there aren't heaps of episodes out yet, but that doesn't stop me from enjoying it! 
Lala gets cute outfits!
Lala is full of energy and inspiring all who see her, including me, to keep striving to the top! I will be a published writer one day! I will have my name on the front cover of books that will be in your hands!!!! 
Muse hates me telling her to stop getting me carried away!
 *Ahem* Muse makes me get carried away, honest! 

Once I've finished this post and helped with dishes I'll be rewatching some Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream & Aikatsu! Hope you enjoy your weekend, whatever you end up doing.