Bookish Playlists: October 2019

And just like that, October is gone!
(let’s ignore the part where my post is late…)

There were two playlists that I had on repeat last month. The first one can be found on my last post (hint: it’s related to the readalong I participated in recently). The second playlist is…

Playlist: Femme Fatale (Spotify)

Although it is technically not a bookish playlist, the songs in this playlist remind me of the strong female protagonists we see in books.

Some of the artists and songs featured in this playlist were completely new to me, but they easily blended into my daily mix. Some of my favorites include:

  • Gotta Love It by Ruelle
  • You by Greta Isaac
  • Break The Fall by Laura Welsh
  • Help Yourself by Bryde
  • Sweet Ophelia by Zella Day
  • Starfire by Caitlyn Smith

What are your thoughts on October’s playlist choice? Any characters come to mind?

Bookish Playlists: The Renegades Trilogy

Welcome Renegades and Anarchists!

With the release of Supernova only a week away, I thought it would be fitting to revise and add to my Renegades bookish playlist in preparation for the finale.

First, a quick recap for those who are new or returning after a long break (no spoilers, I promise):

  • The Renegades are a group of superheroes who have brought peace after years of chaos.
  • Nova hates them for what they did (or didn’t do) and wants vengeance.
  • The Anarchists used to rule and brought prodigies (those with super abilities) out of the shadows. Now, they are ex-villians who are shunned by society.
  • They are not as dormant in activity as people think.
  • Adrian is a Renegade who believes in justice, but he is no longer sure if the Renegades are completely effective anymore.
Click here to check out the playlist!

When creating bookish playlists, I try to include songs that remind me of the book’s plot, characters, and setting. Some songs come to mind easily (*ahem* Renegades by X Ambassadors), but others are only added after I take a deeper dive into the lyrics.

There were two main things that directed me while making my Renegades-inspired playlist: superheroes and Nova & Adrian’s growth. Both focuses kind of go hand-in-hand since the two main characters try to figure out their own views on society and the superheroes that govern it. Nova and Adrain’s romance also played a big part in choosing songs for the playlist because their alter egos are enemies (talk about complicated, right?).

My playlists are always growing and changing with time. If you have any suggestions on what songs I should add, let me know!

Until next time! β™‘

Prepare for the Supernova Readalong – Week 3 & 4

Supernova is 16 nights away!

Thursday, October 24 will mark the end of the readalong portion of Fierce Reads’ Prepare for the Supernova events. Although I wasn’t able to keep entirely on schedule, it was fun connecting with other fans and talking about theories for the last book in the trilogy.

And now for my favorite fanart finds!

I am huge on girl power, and I love how gia.artxoxo drew the Renegades girls so beautifully. If Renegades became an animated/graphic novel series, this would be the standard.

When I first saw this, my immediate thought was how awesome it would be if this became a special edition cover of Renegades. I think itme.z captured Adrian’s image perfectly, and it’s so hard now for me to see his character any other way.

This painting by bryceb_art takes my breath away. The detail in the flowers, vines, and broken tree trunks bring this scene to life, and I love how the star in the statue’s hands seems to really glow. It captures the mystery behind Nova’s dream, but it also feels like the calming escape from reality that Adrian and Nova use it as in Archenemies.

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It's finally done! I'm so happy I can share this with y'all. As you can probably tell, it's a little different from the stuff I usually paint, so let me get into what this is for. I made this for a fan art contest for one of my all-time favorite authors @marissameyerauthor and her #RenegadesTrilogy . I chose to paint a scene from the second book in the series, #Archenemies , where Adrian paints his interpretation of Nova's dream of a plant-infested Gatlon City. I thought this scene was gorgeous when I read it, and felt that it was perfect for this contest. While making this, I tried to stay as close to the source material as possible. I did opt for a nighttime scene though, that way I could showcase how the cloaked statue's star was illuminating the room. I imagine this is what the room looked like when Nova was sleeping, since I'm guessing Adrian didn't want to leave his light on and wake her up by accident. I also included as many specific plants from the description as I could. Big purple flowers, vines, a broken tree trunk, white star-shaped flowers, and mushrooms. The ruins of Gatlon were my favorite parts to figure out, especially the cracked staircase. I think I put more ruins in my version than Adrian did in his, but I wanted to show that the painting used to be a city and was not just a jungle. Along with the stairs, I painted a broken concrete wall leading to the tree stump, and silhouettes of buildings in the skyline (look closely and you can find the chapel from the end of book two!) Overall, this painting was really challenging for me as I typically paint portraits on sketchbook paper, not landscapes on 3ft by 4ft wood boards. Despite the challenge, it definitely opened my mind to diversifying my artwork and painting more scenes in the future. I'll be sharing details of this painting soon, since this photo isn't the best quality (the paint was glaring a lot in the camera lol). Let me know what you guys think of it!! πŸ˜ŠπŸ¦ΈπŸΏβ€β™‚οΈπŸ¦ΉπŸ½β€β™€οΈ

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What are your thoughts on Renegades and Archenemies so far?
Don’t forget to share some love with the amazing artists!

Until next time, happy reading β™‘

Five Non-Scary YA Halloween Reads

Halloween is coming!

And if you are anything like me, you tend to steer clear of the horror side of Halloween. Don’t get me wrong! I absolutely love vampires, werewolves, and witches…just not to the point of losing sleep because a shadow – shaped slightly like the figure of a person – is now moving across my bedroom and reminds me of the killer or monster that I just read about (or watched on tv). Luckily, there are still lots of Halloween-worthy reads that are perfect for the season while not diving too far into the horror/thriller genre.

Here are five YA books/series that came to mind:

Harry Potter (series):
Not exactly a YA series, but hear me out. This series has a school for witches and wizards (that hold Halloween feasts!), magical creatures, ghosts, and a spooky dark forest. Plus, it’s Harry Potter and there was no way I wasn’t including it on this list. (shoutout to my fellow Hufflepuffs! πŸ’›)

My Plain Jane:
She can see ghosts! A twist on the classic novel Jane Eyre, this read combines romance, comedy, and the supernatural. I was laughing from the first page to the last, and I could not get enough of it. I also loved the variety of references found throughout the book. (hint: there is a small nod to The Princess Bride)

The Raven Cycle (series):
β€œThere are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. β€œEither you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.” ~The Raven Boys, Maggie Stiefvater

Although I have not had the chance to read this series myself, I have heard nothing but good reviews for these books. With the promise of ghosts and magic, I will definitely be diving into this series soon.

Twilight (series):
I know many readers have moved on from their Team Edward vs. Team Jacob phase, but Twilight is still a YA classic in my eyes. It’s the book that introduced 12-year-old me to the YA genre. There are vampires and werewolves and romance, so please no judging.

Another one with romance (sensing a pattern here?), but this one is also a fairytale retelling. I first read this book during my middle school years, but I still find it fun and interesting. Told from the perspective of “the beast,” Beastly focuses on the main character, Kyle, and how his life is turned upside down after being cursed by a witch.

And that’s it for now! There are so many amazing books out there, but these are just five that came to mind.

What are your favorite Halloween reads? I would love to hear about them!

Until next time, happy reading! β™‘

Prepare for the Supernova Readalong – Week 2

Week 2 of the Prepare for the Supernova Readalong is well under way!

To kick off the second week, Marissa Meyer held a Renegades spoiler-zone Q&A on Instagram this past Friday (Oct. 4). Renegades recaps were also split between Team Fierce Reads, The Book Addict’s Guide, Twirling Pages, and emmmabooks to help fans review the events of the first book as they began reading Archenemies, the second book in the trilogy.

Some of my thoughts as I started my reread of book 2:

Chapter 1
*grabs popcorn while excitedly squealing*

Chapter 3
Danna totally ships it.

Chapter 5
I love Max so much ❀️

Chapter 7-8

Following the Fierce Reads schedule, week 2 started on Thursday, October 3 and ends on Wednesday, October 9 (tomorrow!). The goal is to finish chapters 1-15 in Archenemies. Team Fierce Reads will then post the recap for those chapters, and readers will continue with chapters 16-30 during week 3 (starts Thursday).

I’m so glad I was able to catch up! Since my week 1 post, I have finished rereading Renegades as well as getting to chapter 9 of Archenemies. I may or may not have also searched for fanart in between my classes and reading. And I may or may not share some of my favorites in my next readalong update…

Until next time, happy reading! β™‘

Netflix Announces Shadow and Bone Casting!

The long-awaited casting announcement for the upcoming Netflix series Shadow and Bone has got Grishaverse fans screaming for episodes.

See Leigh Bardugo’s announcement tweet here

Based on Leigh Bardugo’s best-selling Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows fantasy novels, the promise of a Netflix adaptation has been stirring excitement in the YA book community since its initial announcement at the beginning of the year. The series takes place in a world referred to as the Grishaverse, where there are thieves, assassins, magic wielders, and flesh-eating monsters. Each character faces their own struggles, internal and external, as they face the darkness that rises.

And now we know the amazing cast!

✢ Jessie Mei Li as Alina Starkov
✢ Ben Barnes as General Kirigan (aka The Darkling *swoon*)
✢ Archie Renaux as Malyen Orets
✢ Freddy Carter as Kaz Brekker
✢ Amita Suman as Inej Ghafa
✢ Kit Young as Jesper Fahey

According to a Deadline article, the cast will also include Sujaya Dasgupta, Danielle Galligan, Daisy Head, and Simon Sears.

I am excited to see a diverse group of actors and actresses ready to bring one of my favorite book series to life. Although the entire cast has not been revealed, we can expect great things from the upcoming adaptation.

What are your thoughts on the casting announcement?
Stay tuned for more Grishaverse news and updates!

Prepare for the Supernova Readalong – Week 1

Hey book lovers!

As I eagerly await the release of Marissa Meyer’s Supernova, I am participating in the Prepare for the Supernova Readalong hosted by Fierce Reads. This week I started rereading Renegades, the first book in the superhero trilogy. Without any major spoilers, I thought I would share some of my thoughts and reactions as I reread.

Prologue – Already my heart is screaming and the tears are coming and this will never not hurt me 😭

Chapter 1
The ship is already setting sail! They are so cute ❀️

Chapter 2 – 3

Chapter 4 – 5
I am still calming myself down after those last couple of chapters.

Chapter 6
“Oh I’m the bad guy…”

Chapter 7
*mind works overtime with theories*

Chapter 8
I hate them! I absolutely hate them!
*screams at my inability to jump into the book*

Chapter 9
YEEESSS! OMG YES! Things are about to go down.

I am a little behind on schedule (blame exams), but I think I will be able to catch up soon. My goal is to at least finish rereading both Renegades and Archenemies before Supernova releases on November 5.

Are you preparing for the upcoming release?

Until next time, happy reading! β™‘