The Hate U Give \\ trailer reaction & thoughts

The THUG trailer came out a few days ago!

I’m actually lucky: I read THUG the other week (review here) so I didn’t have to wait too long for the trailer to come out. 

But anyway, now it is! So let us react, discuss and assess.

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How Being A Gryffindor Affects My Reading \\ also why I don’t seem to like Holly Black books

I am a Gryffindor, in case you didn’t know.

I’ve never really fit in with any of the other houses and every time I take a quiz I always get Gryffindor. So at this point, I’ve just accepted that my soul identifies as a Gryffindor.

Over the years I’ve come to realize that a lot of the books I enjoy – and don’t enjoy – meet a certain qualification that 100% lines up with my Gryffindor qualities.

So let’s talk about how being a Gryffindor affects my reading:

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Of Fire and Stars \\ Spoiler-Free Book Review

Of Fire and Stars (Of Fire and Stars, #1)Title: Of Fire and Stars

Author: Audrey Coulthurst

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Format: Hardcover (received via Owlcrate box)

Spoiler Review:  To be posted


Synopsis

Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from other hostile lands. But Denna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for fire—a dangerous gift for the future queen of a kingdom where magic is forbidden.

Now, Denna must learn the ways of her new home while trying to hide her growing magic. To make matters worse, she must learn to ride Mynaria’s formidable warhorses—and her teacher is the person who intimidates her most, the prickly and unconventional Princess Amaranthine—called Mare—the sister of her betrothed.

When a shocking assassination leaves the kingdom reeling, Mare and Denna reluctantly join forces to search for the culprit. As the two become closer, Mare is surprised by Denna’s intelligence and bravery, while Denna is drawn to Mare’s independent streak. And soon their friendship is threatening to blossom into something more.

But with dangerous conflict brewing that makes the alliance more important than ever, acting on their feelings could be deadly. Forced to choose between their duty and their hearts, Mare and Denna must find a way to save their kingdoms—and each other.

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4 Badass Female Greek Heroes \\ aka yelling about one of my favorite things in the world!

I’m obsessed with Greek Mythology.

That’s probably not a surprise to a lot of you. It’s been a favorite of mine for almost six years now and I’m surprised I haven’t talked about it before? What have I even been doing??

But putting that aside, there are a lot of cool Greek heroes. And not all of them are guys.

So I’m going to tell you about four badass heroes from Greek Mythology! I could list more, but a lot of them actually walk the line between being the good guy and the bad guy so I might have to save that for a different post.

Let’s start with these four:

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The Hate U Give \\ Spoiler-Free Review

The Hate U GiveTitle: The Hate U Give

Author: Angie Thomas

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Format: Hardcover

Spoiler Review: to be posted


Synopsis

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

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Why I DNF-ed Roar by Cora Carmack \\ a spoiler-free discussion…or anti-review?

It’s very rare that I DNF a book. It’s even rarer that said book filled me with so much anger (borderline contempt) that I need to talk about it.

Can you guess why we’re here?

Needless to say, if you did like Roar, as I know a lot of people did, please don’t read this post. I’d hate to either ruin it for you or for you to be annoyed at me.

That said, I’m ready to rant critique.

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Using a Pen Name: pros, cons and finding the right name \\ Writing with Marrill 003

I use a pen name if you didn’t know.

I have since I started my original blog if any of you remember that, and I changed names a few times before finally finding the right one and I’ve been using it for about two years. At this point, Marrill is as much my name as my real one.

But it took a long time to get there! Like I said, I went through other names, none of which stuck. So today’s post is about how to choose a writers name and the pros and cons of using one.

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This is My Genre Book Tag \\ can you guess which genre I chose…?

It’s been a minute and a half since I did a book tag!

I decided to do this one because I always talk about how I dislike contemporary books, but I never really talk about my favorite genre? Well, to ME I never really talk about it. So this is perfect for a casual Sunday tag!

Also, I’ve never seen anyone do this and it seemed like a lot of fun.

Created by: The Tattooed Book Geek

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Sky in the Deep \\ Spoiler-Free Review

Sky in the DeepTitle: Sky in the Deep 

Author: Adrienne Young

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Genre: Fantasy

Format: Hardcover (Owlcrate Edition)

Spoiler Review: To be posted


Synopsis

Seventeen-year-old Eelyn’s world is war. Raised to fight alongside her Aska clansmen in a generations-old blood feud against the Riki, her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.

Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki if she wants to make it back to the fjord after the thaw. But when she begins to see herself in the people she’s been taught to hate, the world Eelyn once knew begins to crumble. And after the village is raided by a ruthless clan many believe to be a myth, Eelyn is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend who has tried more than once to kill her. Together, they must end the blood feud between their clans or watch their people be slaughtered.

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