Jade Fire Gold – A Book Review

Since this is my blog, I think I have the luxury to skip an introduction because I don’t know what to write up here…other than the fact that I cannot wait for my best friend to read Ruin and Rising so that she can have her heart broken. She deserves it. Yes she does. That is my indirect revenge on her for daring to- let’s start with the review. 🔪


  • Title: Jade, Fire, Gold
  • Author: June C.L. Tan
  • Genre: Fantasy, Chinese Mythology, Romance, LGBT
  • Category: YA
  • Publication Date/Publisher: October 12th 2021 by Harper Teen

Jade Fire Gold
Source: Goodreads

Someone….please tell me WHAT SHOULD I DO SO THAT MY FUTURE NOVEL (which probably won’t turn very good because if I have got a few ideas, I probably don’t have enough writing skills for the moment) DESERVES A COVER LIKE THIS?

I don’t think I should reduce the size of this cover because- LOOK AT THIS ART😭 Bro like-


There was a time when war approached an empire like a looming shadow…

There was a boy, Altan who’s burdened by his past, because he remembers…and a girl, Ahn who has no past, only left with an object she can barely tie to a memory.

When Ahn discovers something about her that was far greater than she has ever imagined, her future is now not entirely in her hands. Thrown into something much more dangerous than she thought of, it’s too far-fetched for her to believe it more than a fairytale.

But when Ahn and Altan collide, possibilities bloom. They each find something to gain from each other. Altan sees the hope of reclaiming his throne and Ahn, recovering her long lost memories.

And all things have a price that needs to be paid.


About the Author: June C.L. Tan

June C.L. Tan

June CL Tan is a Singaporean author who was raised on a diet of classic books and wuxia movies, caffeine and congee. After obtaining three degrees, she decided she had enough of academia. Thankfully, those degrees were somewhat related to telling stories and now, she resides in New York City, writing under the watchful eye of her crafty cat. Jade Fire Gold is her debut novel.

[Picture and text taken directly from Goodreads]


My Ratings: 3.5/5

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

My Thoughts:

For a debut novel, this book really did surprise me. It was easy to get into the atmosphere and absorb yourself into the book.

(Can we talk about the opening lines please????? Like they are worth sparkles ✨✨✨✨✨)

The characters were very well-written and they weren’t paper people if you get what I mean. I also like the way the author introduced them into the book and the way the story unfolds itself all along the way. The story is told in both Ahn’s and Altan’s point of views which is probably one of the best things because the feeeeels….

The plot was easy to understand but I guess it lacked a bit of more action (look at the cover? Doesn’t it just RADIATE action?) and ✨intense chemistry✨ between the two main characters. Sometimes, it felt like the book was too concentrated on Ahn and Altan. The atmosphere as always is one of the most important things I search for in a story and if the atmosphere was great in this book, it wasn’t mind-blowing. I wish the author had spent much more time in accurately describing their environment, the temperature in overall but otherwise, she did a great job.

I also loved the side characters a lot. Despite them not having a lot of ‘book-time’, the author made them come to life. I guess the best things in this book is the magic system (like the Elemental Magic system, where they can manipulate the four basic elements [air, fire, water, earth] but so as not to spoil, that is all you should know for now. The characters can also be something I would call one of the best things and the sweet relationship between them, friendly or romantic.

The book could have been longer because in my opinion the author could have spent a dozen more pages in world-building and atmosphere. I think it would have so much more potential if the world would have been much more developed and the scenes a lot more suspenseful and unpredictable.

I expected it to be action packed but it ended up to be mostly sweet and with a little action. It wasn’t what I expected but the unexpected turned out to be good.

I love the author’s writing style, It really brought the story to life and trust me, this book is definitely worth it. It may lack a little world-building and more backstory for the characters but just seeing the fanart on Google makes me want to pick up the book again. Like, I would read it again for the sweet romance and writing style and the side characters.

Can I also say that the names in this book are like insanely beautifully gorgeous? Ahn? Altan? Linxi? Leiye? Tang Wei? Tai Shun? Not only are the names beautiful, but the way they are spelled and written like-

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Yeah…so beautiful I’ll eventually end up feeling emotional on the next level…

Like go read this book if you want. For a debut, this book is terrifyingly beautiful and I do recommend this. If this author is writing any other fantasy, I am just gonna pop out, download the book for free from somewhere on Google and plop myself in some hidey hole and read. She has literally so much potential and I know she will just get better and better. Like, go read this.

*the cover is breathtakingly amazing…*


My Favourite Quotes: (I think I kinda lost track and stopped taking notes of them…)

The boy who hated the desert with every fiber of his body yet was forced to remain in its protection. The boy so broken inside that they thought he might never smile again, that his eyes would never see the light. The boy who could not or would not speak. And when he finally did with a voice full of gravel, he uttered only one word. Again and again.
A name he would repeat in his sleep. Sometimes murmuring, often screaming.
Sarangerel.

Jade Fire Gold – June C.L Tan

It is said that the gods test a man for a purpose; that they would never place on him a burden he could not bear. But the boy held a different view. The gods were cruel, and men were merely puppets in a grand play staged for the amusement of bored immortals.
He vowed to snatch his fate from their hands.
So, he bided his time, waiting for a sign.

Jade Fire Gold – June C.L Tan
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Source: Tenor

Did I ever say that quotes make me emotional?


WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME? I am suddenly feeling emotional for such minor reasons. I think my mind is running away.

And I think I was in some sort of hiatus but that was because online class started four weeks ago and I am so lucky they have ended.

And school has started and I am not sure if I have shrunk in size in three months or my friends have just grown taller…

But I am happy, normal school has resumed except for the fact that I am supposed to be in Grade 9 (I won’t be able to explain the whole Mauritian school system but January to December is the time we spend in a Grade) this year and the GOveRNMent decided to make all the students repeat the same class again.

So it is like I am repeating Grade 8 again. WE HAD ALREADY COVERED 2 TERMS WHY NOT JUST GIVE US ONLY A SINGLE ONE TO COMPLETE OUR GRADE 8 INSTEAD OF GETTING US STUCK IN THE SAME CLASS FOR ONE MORE EFFING YEAR? Or at least you could have given us like half a year to complete my Grade 8…we would have lost only the minimum then…

Like, I am lamenting at my miserable fate. What sorcery is? Kids aren’t stupid. They can all easily adapt to school life…it will just take them 3 weeks then we will all be on flow.

We have almost finished our Grade 8 books…then what? Like we don’t need 1 year to finish the last third of the book? Oh yes. Now I remember? We could always do the book over again and do revision till we are finally getting into the other class right?

Instead of annoying you with my problems, I have another thing to annoy you with…

MY BEST FRIEND JUST FINISHED SHADOW AND BONE A FEW DAYS AGO AND I SWEAR I COULD HAVE TIME-TRAVELLED TO THE ERA OF THE DINOSAURS.

Bye.

Wrap Up #December

Is it just me or did I just realize how obsessed I am over Shadow and Bone because this theory about Elsa being a Grisha Tidemaker has been stuck to my mind for the two whole month…she just doesn’t use water in its liquid form because she changes its state to ice…


Number of books read: 1


You Can Go Your Own Way by Erin Smith (Contemporary)

You Can Go Your Own Way
Source: Goodreads

My Ratings: 3/5

I liked the book. The plot was pretty simple and easy to understand but at the end of the book, I was confused. The ending was quite confusing but I didn’t bother to read it again. The story is told in Adam’s and Whitney’s point of view which helped add a lot of sense and tension in the book. I wished the chemistry between Adam and Whitney was constantly there because at some point, it faded. Like, it was a little disappointing compared to the synopsis. I thought the time they were going to spend together was going to be more than one.single.night…but, I loved the rest of the story especially because it wasn’t only focused on the romance but also on the characters’ lives, friends, jobs and day-to-day things. Recommend this…because it’s sweet.


Other Posts:

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What I Plan To Read Next:

THAT’S THE BLANK SPACE AGAIN…


Movies Watched:

  • Shadow and Bone (Season 1 – Netflix)
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Okay, I think this is like my favourite movie because:

  1. Milo
  2. Jesper being hit by a book David threw at him
  3. And Jesper being an absolute showoff
  4. Whatever cute thing going on between Ivan and Feydor
  5. KAZ AND INEJ—I can’t breathe…
  6. The Darkling
  7. Whatever scene with Alina or The Darkling using their powers
  8. I love love love the books…*chokes*
  9. That STAG?!! OHMEEGAWD
  10. *me shipping the Darkling and Alina like if I don’t, I’ll drop dead on the spot*
  11. shoo Mal but Malina is softening me a little…
  • Frozen 1 (Disney)
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*cries in nostalgia* My favourite moviee! It was great to watch it again…the feels come onnn…I have nothing to say…just chef’s kiss

  • Frozen 2 (Disney)
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Did Disney actually come up with such a brilliant plot? Like that’s amazing! I want a Frozen 3 as much as I want Jesper and Milo to reunite…I loved the new autumnal atmosphere in this movie especially watching it for the first time in forever…it is like not possible (according to the too-clever-fox ”when people say impossible, they usually mean improbable”) for me not to consider that as one of my favourite movies of all time.

  • Mulan 1 (Disney)

All I know is that the Captain acts a bit like a prick in this movie but the rest is P.E.R.F.E.C.T.I.O.N.

  • Mulan 2 (Disney)
  • Rapunzel (Disney)

Moral of the story: A frying pan is your greatest friend.

  • The Lion King (Disney)
  • Simba’s Pride (The Lion King 2 – Disney)
  • The Lion King 1 1/2 (Disney)

Tell me something…how come that this is way better than movie 1 and 2?


Life Update:

Like, I would care to sum up a chaotic month in bullet points…😂


Music I Listened To:

Look look, let’s just say that I listened to way too much Taylor Swift, created a sad songs playlist on Spotify, chilled to a classical piano and violin playlist and listened to a Taylor’s Version Six of Crows playlist….and just add Selena Gomez to that chaotic mix.

Lemme just add a few songs you have to listen to because I’m currently obsessed over them:

  • Midas by Skott (GO LISTEN TO THIS…..IT’S LIKE ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL SONGS I’VE EVER HEARD)
  • Dancing With Your Ghost by Sasha Alex Sloan
  • IDK You Yet by Aleksander 23
  • Black Hole (Acoustic Version) by Griff
  • If The World Was Ending by JP Saxe and Julia Michaels
  • Love and War by Fleurie
  • Arcade (Acoustic Version) by Duncan Laurence
  • The Joker And The Queen by Ed Sheeran
  • Photograph by Ed Sheeran
  • Back To December by Taylor Swift
  • Where’s My Love (Piano and Viola Version) by SYML
  • Gone by Rosé
  • I’ll Be Okay by Shawn Mendes

December Goals Review:

  • Read one book and make sure it is good enough to finish off your Goodreads challenge of 50 books…that is an order.✅
  • Revise French.✅
  • Go do some Algebra.❌
  • Complete that art homework. It has been sitting around for nearly a month and if there is partial lockdown doesn’t mean you have to keep it to the last minute…❌
  • Go and drink a cup of coffee if you want to but make sure you aren’t caught.✅

January Goals:

  • Go and read some books.
  • Follow your online classes and don’t fool around.
  • COMPLETE THAT DAMN ART HOMEWORK!!!!!

Just imagine when my own self is so irresponsible that my own self has to discipline her. *huffs*


Other than that, hope you had a lovely December…yeah yeah…I’m waiting for you to say something down in the comments…How’s your January going btw?

Spelling is fun,

Hermione

Six of Crows//Crooked Kingdom-A Double Book Review (…’cause why not?)

Oh well, I guess it will be easier to write down my thoughts down for the TWO books otherwise my brain will be scattered all over the place. Oh and probably because I am too lazy to write separate reviews…*fakes a yawn*. *actually yawns*

Oh well, this might be a long post and instead of reading all the blurbs you can just skip them all and start reading after the ratings.


  • Title: Six of Crows
  • Series: Six of Crows #1
  • Author: Leigh Bardugo
  • Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Romance, LGBT
  • Category: YA
  • Publishing Date/Publisher: September 29th 2015 by Henry Holt & Company
Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)
Source: Goodreads

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. . . .

A convict with a thirst for revenge

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager

A runaway with a privileged past

A spy known as the Wraith

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes

Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

[From Goodreads]


JUST SKIP THE SYNOPSIS OF CROOKED KINGDOM IS YOU WANT TO READ THIS SERIES. CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR SIX OF CROWS.

But the part where I write my thoughts about those two books are totally spoiler-free. *rolls eyes* Just scroll down. It is found under the rating I give the two books.

  • Title: Crooked Kingdom
  • Series: Six of Crows #2
  • Author: Leigh Bardugo
  • Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Romance, LGBT
  • Category: YA
  • Publishing Date/Publisher: September 27th 2016 by Orion Children’s Book
Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)
Source: Goodreads

Welcome to the world of the Grisha.

Kaz Brekker and his crew of deadly outcasts have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives.

Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties.

A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets – a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.

[From Goodreads]


About the Author:

Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse (now a Netflix original series) which spans the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, the Six of Crows Duology, the King of Scars Duology, and The Language of Thorns—with more to come. Her short stories can be found in multiple anthologies, including the Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy. Her other works include Wonder Woman: Warbringer and Ninth House (Goodreads Choice Winner for Best Fantasy 2019) which is being developed for television by Amazon Studios. She lives in Los Angeles. For information on new releases and appearances, sign up for her newsletter.

She would be delighted if you visited her at LeighBardugo.com and fairly giddy if you liked her selfies on Instagram.

[Picture and text taken directly from Goodreads]


SIX OF CROWS

My Ratings: 5/5

Rating: 5 out of 5.

CROOKED KINGDOM

My Ratings: 5/5

Rating: 5 out of 5.

My Thoughts:

A HEARTRENDER DOESN’T USE MAGIC. NO GRISHA DOES MAGIC. WHY DID THEY SAY THAT IN THE SYNOPSIS?!? GRISHA PRACTICE THE SMALL SCIENCE GUYS NOT MAGIC!! It. Is. The. Small. Science…😤 She uses her POWERS. AND POWERS IS NOT MAGIC.😠😡

Okay, since my mind needs sorting we will make things a little organized here. *huffs*

Kaz Brekker

I think Leigh Bardugo did a great job developing him. He had a unique “greyish” personality and I absolutely love it when the hero is a little grey; like he was neither a totally good person, but not a bad person. I guess it was definitely right introducing him as a criminal mastermind otherwise I would have asked myself how on Earth does he have the brains??To think of that up?? Like who does?? Though I wish I had his gift of lockpicking…

He is so different, internally and externally. Everybody sees him as this cold-hearted criminal mastermind but in the inside, he is just a boy who has a hard past and just trying to survive in a world of corruption and greed AND monsters like Pekka. I think the great challenge in this book was portraying him as this person who never believes he is wrong, full of calculated strategies and quite proud but also portraying him as this person who never believes he is worthy enough to deserve good things in life.

“How do you get your information, Mister Brekker?”
“You might say I’m a lockpick.”
“You must be a very gifted one.”
“I am indeed.” Kaz leaned back slightly. “You see, every man is a safe, a vault of secrets and longings. Now, there are those who take the brute’s way, but I prefer a gentler approach—the right pressure applied at the right moment, in the right place. It’s a delicate thing.
“Do you always speak in metaphors, Mister Brekker?”
Kaz smiled. “It’s not a metaphor.”

Leigh Bardugo, Six of Crows

Inej Ghafa

I tell you something…that girl has got a heart of gold…I absolutely love this young lady. I find her personality amazing. She is just ‘living’ proof that you don’t have to enjoy killing and have the ‘bad girl’ portray in order to be badass (thank you Miss Leigh for giving us characters like The Crows…). The way she believes in herself and how she cares for the others as well. She is so brave and her faith in people and her religion is extraordinary. I wish I knew more about her backstory…but other than that…well…I just find the way she believes that there is always good in people no matter how stained or bloodied they are…just…it just makes her so real. I just find her belief that there is some good left in Kaz really amazing. When you don’t believe in yourself, it is nice to have someone believe in you. Very valuable investment that girl is…Kaz should just be proud of her.

“Speak, she begged silently. Give me a reason to stay. For all his selfishness and cruelty, Kaz was still the boy who had saved her. She wanted to believe he was worth saving, too.”
Leigh Bardugo, Six of Crows

Jesper Fahey

HIS SENSE OF HUMOUR IS JUST SO BRILLIANT I CAN’T-

Oh well…I just love Jesper. His sarcastic comments, the way he talked with Wylan, the times he made me laugh and smile in the books…got to admit he is a real softie…He is just totally chaotic to the last degree. He is that sort of person who would do any sort of favours for those he cares for. If Inej was in some kind of trouble, he’d be here. Kaz? Wylan? Nina? Matthias? He would be here for them all. That show-off…him and his flashy guns…he is totally UNRELIABLE and reliable. You know what Jesper, I really love you and all but you’ve got to stop all of those silly detours to gamble your money away. But you could try gambling your talent for showing off here and there because I assure you, it’s just some useless thing but I like my characters a little galant so keep them. Though I’ve got to admit your flirting skills with cute boys are excellent.😏

“Take good care of my babies,” Jesper said as he handed them over to Dirix. “If I see a single scratch or nick on those, I’ll spell forgive me on your chest in bullet holes.”

Leigh Bardugo

Wylan Van Eck

Wylan was the quiet and shy one but I loved his personality. He is the runaway with a privileged past. Abandoned by his father, Jan Van Eck because he couldn’t read and barely escaped being assassinated by his father’s men. The other five wouldn’t have completed there mission with less difficulty if Wylan hadn’t been there. He was the one with a great knowledge in bombs and created them and thus ensured successful diversions. He was this shy person, who rarely talked unless needed, which was very different from the picture Jesper, Matthias or Kaz even showed. He wasn’t the one who would just kill another person in order to get his way.

That quote below just…it just made me realize that I have never had friends that I loved like he loved Matthias, Jesper, Kaz, Inej and Nina. Or maybe that is because I have a much more personal attachment with fictional characters that actual people. And it isn’t something that I’m proud of.

“Until this moment, Wylan hadn’t quite understood how much they meant to him. His father would have sneered at these thugs and thieves, a disgraced soldier, a gambler who couldn’t keep out of the red. But they were his first friends, his only friends, and Wylan knew that even if he’d had his pick of a thousand companions, these would have been the people he chose.”
― Leigh Bardugo, Crooked Kingdom

Nina Zenik

Nina, a powerful Grisha Heartrender who uses her POWERS to survive in Ketterdam.

One thing I really love about Nina’s personality is how flirty and feminine she is and how she would kill to save Inej or the others. Leigh Bardugo managed to make her a total badass without taking away her feminine side and strong emotions which I just totally respect. She was extremely loyal and despite her squabbling with Matthias here, she was portrayed as someone who was strong and brave and would flirt her way into getting what she wanted. She was that one woman, everyone would want to meet. I don’t know exactly what to write about her but she just blew me away and I am still not sure for what reason.

A CHARACTER THAT LOVES FOOD…OKAY I’M IN NO QUESTIONS.

Stay,” she panted. Tears leaked from her eyes. “Stay till the end.”
“And after,” he said. “And always.”
“I want to feel safe again. I want to go home to Ravka.”
“Then I’ll take you there. We’ll set fire to raisins or whatever you heathens do for fun.”
“Zealot,” she said weakly.
“Witch.”
“Barbarian.”
“Nina,” he whispered, “little red bird. Don’t go.”

― Leigh Bardugo, Six of Crows

Matthias Helvar

He is that grumpy and grouchy person, I just couldn’t bring myself to dislike…having a characters who just hates everyone and everything and has the brain the size of an oversized pea is actually really refreshing. I don’t know how though…

Other than that, I really did think that the conflict in his mind between his loyalty to his native country and Nina really interesting. As a witch hunter himself, and actually having feelings for a person who is a witch…I just find it extremely interesting how he copes with that conflict. He has his own morals of his own but of course…love ends up wrecking people to the last degree anyway and sometimes it is for the better.

I absolutely adored the love-hate relationship between Nina and Matthias. It wasn’t useless. It made perfect sense and I enjoyed it along the way. I just after finishing the series did I realize how much Matthias grew up on me. I am literally at a lost for words at what to say right now. I am just feeling choked by the need to read all of Leigh Bardugo’s books over again.

Jesper knocked his head against the hull and cast his eyes heavenward. “Fine. But if Pekka Rollins kills us all, I’m going to get Wylan’s ghost to teach my ghost how to play the flute just so that I can annoy the hell out of your ghost.”
Brekker’s lips quirked. “I’ll just hire Matthias’ ghost to kick your ghost’s ass.”
“My ghost won’t associate with your ghost,” Matthias said primly, and then wondered if the sea air was rotting his brain.

― Leigh Bardugo, Six of Crows

Other than the characters, the little Ketterdam world-building was perfect. Leigh Bardugo did a great job, not only describing Ketterdam but also making me feel like I was there. The descriptions were extremely rich, I could literally imagine the city right there in my mind. And it wasn’t only the way the city looked that she described. She didn’t miss out anything in description. I am just head-over-heads over books that are absolutely atmospheric and actually feel real.

The plot was hands down just breathtaking. I love the way Leigh Bardugo unveiled it all to me as a reader and it wasn’t just all put down at one moment. It was slow, you have this part, then you discover another. It actually kept me really hooked into the books. I am just absolutely in love with the fact that they are actually doing the job because of the money NOT because their main concern is saving the world.😂 The plot was really rich and actually mostly character driven. I loved how harshly the consequences would have been if something about the characters’ actions would have been different.

I also really appreciate the amazing diversity in the characters in Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom. You have Kaz, dark haired and eyes(is he Kerch?), Inej, a brown skinned Suli girl, Nina, brown haired and green eyed native Ravkan, Jesper, brown skinned and grey eyed Zemeni, Matthias, a pale blond and blue eyed Fjerdan witch hunter and Wylan, golden haired and blue eyed. I think he is Kerch. Especially the fact that they weren’t whitewashed or given the whatever ideal body type is.

Do we have to talk some more about the characters? Yes. Well, I just dreadfully loved the way they didn’t fit together but did fit together.😂

Oh and we forgot the writing style. I don’t exactly know how to explain this but to me, it was the sort of book I would read, not only for the story and the characters, but also for the simple pleasure of appreciating the writing. I loved the quotes and the way they ran so deep. Sometimes, I just caught myself staring at the words on my phones and just reading them over and over again. The fact that Bardugo wrote each of the characters’ POV in the 3rd person was a really great idea. It made me see the book not through the characters eyes, but WITH the characters next to me. If that even makes sense.

Okay, this is probably the longest review I have ever written…but just suffer a little more and then I’ll be done.😃

Last thing, I’ll read this again next year…that book is definitely worth a read though I don’t think it might just please everyone because of the pace which is quite slow. It is worth it though.

It is really not necessary to read the Shadow and Bone trilogy before this duology but I think you should read the trilogy first. It helps you understand the world more, despite not being set in Ketterdam.

Sorry for making you suffer through such a long post,

~Hermione

The GIF-Y-Love Tag!

Look here people…you have in mind tagging me the next time you do this tag. I awfully love this…

Well, since this is a gif tag, we might as well start it with a gif…

Shadow And Bone GIF by NETFLIX
Source: Giphy

So, I started watching the show on the 1st Dec (finished it already) and EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. JESPER. DOES. THAT. THING. WITH. HIS. GUNS….I just find myself muttering ‘show-off’…I just love Jesper. THAT HUGE SHOW OFF. When he says, ”Handsome decoy is not a Jesper talent…” I just love the show…🖤

So huge thanks to Inky@Sosooorna’s Boring Blog who tagged me for this awesome tag.🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤Go check out her blog and shower some love💛

Rules

  • Thank the person who tagged you and leave a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creators (Tiction and Nehal).
  • Make a post, do list the rules.
  • Use the tag #gif-y-love and choose a GIF you love for each of the provided prompts.
  • Tag at least 5 people.
  • That’s it! Make sure you laugh a lot in the process too.

The Prompts:

  1. I’m Bored 
  2. Current Mood 
  3. Reading 
  4. Sarcastic 
  5. Spongebob 
  6. Angry 
  7. Scared 
  8. Laughing 

My Response To The Promps: (shoutout to the creators…the prompts are amazing 🖤)

I’m Bored

Blinking The Office GIF
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Current Mood

I am almost never in a good mood. I am usually this sulky, serious, moody and grumpy person almost all the time…🙂

Grumpy Cat Annoyed Face GIF
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Reading

Read Friends Tv GIF
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Sarcastic

llama bfd GIF
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Spongebob

I don’t know why I picked this…

nickelodeon GIF by SpongeBob SquarePants
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Angry

Am I the only one who is always calm when people argue with me? Like, I am just silent, staring at them with a straight face and thinking about the easiest and quickest ways to murder them on the spot…😂

Death Glare GIFs | Tenor
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Scared

I need a vanishing potion because an invisibility cloak might be too expensive for me…

Tv Show Reaction GIF by The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
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Laughing

Anybody else watched that Netflix TV Show below btw?? I don’t know but super dysfunctional families are always the best…look at Klaus with his sunglasses…😂 It was the blooper scene where they are in the elevator and Luther farted because he was nervous. And Klaus says the ”Oh my God. Luther,…”

Klaus after Luther's farting incident 😂 | Luther, David castañeda, Under  my umbrella
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Okay…now we have to tag some people…

  • Aayushi
  • Suhani
  • Betty
  • Rachel
  • Rabhya
  • (Do I have to type the word YOU over there…no I don’t…so just go do it if you want to…IT IS AN OPEN LIST COME ONNN)

Nobody’s obliged to do the tag, though I cannot deny that I’ll be awfully pleased to read your posts. It is a really fun tag. Okay…who doesn’t like gifs and memes?

Okay, I’d go now because I have to go do pROducTIVe things. I was creating a revision sheet for Biology for the first chapter. It isn’t like we are going to use it now but school might start in a month’s time when the lockdown will be lifted…I don’t know though…because I don’t particularly like being stuck at home.

Well, since this post is just crammed with gifs, we might as well finish it with a gif…

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I love this gif…it emphasizes the ‘bye’ to huge numbers…

The Sunshine Blogger Award #4

Well, if you found yourself here…um…Hope your December is going great. Okay, that is a terrible introduction so I’ll just get on with what this post is supposed to be about…The Sunshine Blogger Award.

Great many thanks to Inky here who tagged me for this award. The blogger behind Sosoorna’s Boring Blog. Go spread some sunshine guys!

What is The Sunshine Blogger Award?

(yeah, I know you’ve all read it countless times…)

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

The Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award in your post and/or in your blog.

Inky’s Questions:

 1. Do you have a pet? What pet? Whats his/her name?

Actually…we have plenty of fish. 2 koi fish (2 died) and more than a dozen teeny guppies. I really have to give them a name…

2. If you could be one mythical creature(Like elf, demigod, witch, dragon..) which would you be?

Demigod looks way too grand for me so I’d settle for a witch. Probably a Grisha Heartrender? Or maybe an Etherialki??? Or a Tailor like Genya?? Oh I don’t mind as long as I am not a Sun Summoner, sunrays give me headaches by the way.

Or how about a time traveller?? I’ll be able to spook children with the day they are dying…

3. Describe your dream pet.

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For now, I’d rather eat some cake…because I don’t know yet…

4. How long have you been blogging?

I have had this blog since 2 years but only ACTUALLY started blogging since June of 2021.

 5. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?

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And don’t go do that…

Did you just ask that?? Well, the answer is my eyesight so I wouldn’t have to wear glasses.

6. What’s the last book you read?

Actually, it is You Can Go Your Own Way by Eric Smith. A very snowy contemporary with bestfriends-to-enemies-to-kinda friends-to-potential lovey dovey couple…I liked it.

7. What’s currently in your blog drafts?

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8. What is 2+2?

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9. What did you last eat?

PASTAAAAA…

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10. What is your favourite animal, why?

Volcra. To be honest…I find them interesting creatures.

It is all up to you to believe it or not…

11. Do you like my blog? What is your favourite thing about my blog? How did you find my blog?

I think I did mention that when Inky interviewed me :). And I found your blog when you followed me first I think?? I have a habit of checking all the blogs of bloggers who follow me and most of the time follow them back.

Now the people I nominate…god, I have two more awards to go and I have to save some people for the next so only 5 nominees for today…

My Questions:

  1. What are your Top 3 Christmas movies and/or books?
  2. Is there a song you used to love but now hate because of the insane amount of times you’ve listened to it?
  3. What is that one book you will never get tired of reading over and over again?
  4. What is a weird/unique talent you have?
  5. Is there a VERY unpopular opinion you have on a very famous book ?
  6. Is there any movie adaptation you found better than the book itself?
  7. What is your least favourite time of the day?
  8. Do you climb the stairs one at a time or two at the time? (or three?)
  9. What is your second favourite animal?
  10. According to you, when is the perfect time to drink coffee/tea or any hot drink?
  11. Who is that book/movie character whose personality most affected your own personality?

Oh and yes, you don’t actually HAVE to do it if you don’t want to but just know that I’d love to read your answers! And anyone else who wants to do the tag…the gate is open you know…you just have to pass through…

Now, I’ve got to go complete the other awards and tags, and catch up on book reviews…I am awfully behind in posts already…*scoffs*

SO BYE! For now at least…I have many things I have to catch up on…

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BTW, I am just currently obsessed with I Did Something Bad by Taylor Swift…the amount of energy and ”badassery” in this song…is just insane. The amazing amount of build-up before the iconic ‘I did something bad…’

Just amazing…

Wrap Up #November2021

Oh, why does it feel like Christmas is coming way too fast. The thing I am worried about is that it will be 2022 already. I am in need of a time-turner….no, I need time travel powers…*cries*


Total number of books read: 4 (in which 2 are rereads)

The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes (Contemporary) (reread)

The One Plus One
Source: Goodreads

My Ratings: 4.3/5

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Like…this book is so heartwarming. It made me cry, it made me laugh. There are just so many emotions packed up in this book…that is all I can say but it’s beautiful.

The Talisman by Stephen King (Fantasy) (reread)

The Talisman (The Talisman, #1)
Source: Goodreads

My Ratings: 4.5/5

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

The concept of other-worlds should be taken more often in fantasy books nowadays…I need books like this…

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo (Fantasy)

King of Scars (King of Scars, #1)
Source: Goodreads

My Ratings: 5/5

Rating: 5 out of 5.

How the heck does Leigh Bardugo create masterpieces such as this? And after my huge breakdown after Ruin and Rising, I was pretty much hugging the imaginary book…

This is amazing…literally…and there are demons in this book…*cries*

NIKOLAI AND ZOYAAA!!!!!

Brain: Shut up now…..

Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo (Fantasy)

Rule of Wolves (King of Scars, #2)
Source: Goodreads

My Ratings: 5/5

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The ending however. I never thought Leigh Bardugo was capable off such…um…kindness. I thought she wanted us to suffer? It is still suspicious though…I don’t trust her on the next book ending she will write. Surely it will be a heartbreaking one…if it isn’t then…something is wrong.

I still cannot believe we got a few Six of Crows characters and Shadow and Bone characters in this book…but Inej and I have to discuss her life choices over a cup of strong black coffee…


Other Posts:

  • My previous Wrap-Up for October here
  • My interview with Inky here
  • My review of Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
  • A post where I shared 13 random facts about me because I should do something special about my b-day but mainly because I was bored

What I Plan To Read Next:

I was thinking about You Can Go Your Own Way by Eric Smith…


Life Update:

  • Well, I (I put it up I mean) changed the curtains in my room (the thin one). It was a pale green that matched the other curtain (an emerald-olive green that blocks the light). Now, it is a pale golden. Green and golden…what a great combination! I mean, I like it but not love it…
  • Well, it was my birthday on the 5th of November.
  • Covid cases have risen drastically here in Mauritius so we are staying at home…-_-pfft…
  • We went to the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden and honestly, I never knew white lotuses existed until I went there…
  • I watched a Netflix TV show (actually up till Season 2 and I am now waiting for Season 3). And guess what. I didn’t watch it on Netflix…hope it wasn’t illegal…I am not telling you what it is though…but I absolutely love it…like favourite movies of all time. It was a sci-fi movie btw. And I think I have a crush on A- (brain: Shut up! What do you think you are doing? Revealing things like that?!?)
  • I also watched the short move version of All Too Well…and boy…it was so good…You can literally create a movie out of this…

Music I Listened To:

  • Reputation by Taylor Swift (Full Album)
  • Lover by Taylor Swift (Full Album)
  • Evermore by Taylor Swift (Full Album)
  • Red (Taylor’s Version) by Taylor Swift (Full Album)
  • SG by DJ Snake, Lisa (BLACKPINK), Megan Thee Stallion and Ozuna. (gah…the only good part was Megan’s rap) (honestly…it’s literally quite boring [in my opinion].)

I also made a playlist on Spotify for the K-Pop songs I love. And you have to like at least 3-5 of them in there🙂🔪)

And if you are wondering why it is written ‘Annia’ over there is because that is my real name. You never actually did think that ‘Hermione’ was my name right?😂 I was debating when I was going to use my real name here…when I first started this blog, I had this irrational fear that if by chance my friends had a blog, they would discover mine and…*shudders*

AND A LOT OF SELENA GOMEZ SONGS AS WELL…I listened to her full ”The Hits” playlist on Spotify. Lotta songs in there…


November Goals Review: (look at all of those lovely ticks…I’m hella proud…)

  • Hey you idiot, just breathe okay…I know you have got Bharatanatyam exam and Alliance Française and your second term exams are starting at the beginning of December…just breathe…oh and 2 presentations. ✅ Lockdown…didn’t even do any test…
  • Read more than 3 books.✅ Had the time to…
  • Catch up on book reviews.✅ Oh well, tis looking good…
  • Breathe.✅ Definitely 😉
  • Live.✅ Proud of myself

December Goals:

  • Read one book and make sure it is good enough to finish off your Goodreads challenge of 50 books…that is an order.
  • Revise French.
  • Go do some Algebra.
  • Complete that art homework. It has been sitting around for nearly a month and if there is partial lwsn doesn’t mean you have to keep it to the last minute…
  • Go and drink a cup of coffee if you want to but make sure you aren’t caught.

Well, that’s all. Unless you have somethin to say which I assume you don’t. WHICH I ASSUME YOU DO…which means you do…don’t forget to write something down in the comments…

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Oh well…*blinks*

13 Facts About Me

Oh yeahhh! Well, actually my birthday was on the 5th of November…and I just turned 13 this year…

Wow…amazing intro. Please for the sake of the three worlds of heaven, earth and hell and all the dimensions that exist in this universe…please don’t wish me happy birthday. I personally don’t like this. I am extremely happy the majority of my friends didn’t wish me happy birthday…I hate having people telling me Happy Birthday…it is annoying and literally overused TBH.

So this post is 13 facts about me because I just turned 13…

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GIPHY *cake drop*

*CAKE DROP* YAAAAAA


Well, the 13 facts…

1. According to the internet, my zodiac sign is the Scorpion…

Not a fire sign. Whenever people ask me what’s my sign and I tell them I am a Scorpio, they automatically tell me, “Fire sign right?”. Duh, no. Water sign. The symbol is the Scorpion and he constellation Scorpius. The eighth zodiac sign and ruled by planet Mars and Pluto oh and a fixed sign.

SEE THE INTERNET IS JUST SO USEFULLLLL!

2. I don’t particularly like it when people praise me.

Yeah…because I don’t trust you and your words…*narrows eyes*

3. If I cannot be a doctor when I grow up, I am going to buy a ship and be a pirate.

Bruh…being a pirate is much cooler than being a doctor but you know…in ModERn SoCIEty, you need to have a PrESEntaBle job if you get what I mean.

4. I like studying people.

I like studying them. Looking at their facial expressions, their way of reacting to certain things. I like to imagine what type of life they lead, if they have a weird habit and things like that. Humans are interesting to study.

That probably makes me a creep right?

5. I don’t like daylight or the Sun for that matter.

Yep, they give me headaches and once I nearly fainted. I never faint…They make me sleepy and lightheaded. Now I know that the Sun doesn’t like me. I prefer the dark thank you.

6. For some reason, green likes me.

Need explanation?

Okay. My room is mainly green since I was born for some reason. The curtains in my room are green. One of my favourite colours are bottle green, emerald green and dark green (forest green). My House Team was green in primary school. AGAIN, I got sorted into green in Secondary school…AND I DIDN’T EVEN CHOOSE GREEN LIKE WHAT? One of my favourite flowers (the jade-vine) is a turquoise green…*narrows eyes and frowns here*

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7. I have katsaridaphobia.

Fear of cockroaches. When there is a cockroach in the house…don’t even think about it…AND WHEN IT STARTS FLYING…I’m dead bye.

8. I don’t like peanut butter.

No offence to those who do. I just don’t like the taste. Like, *weird face here*

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9. I like the way blood tastes.

The metallic taste behind it is like really good. You don’t even get tired of it. This is why I like drinking in copper cups where the water was left for like a day because the coppery water taste is perfect. It is literally-

*Brain: Better stop here now…or they will start thinking you are some weirdo and we don’t need that right now*

10. I have a weird way of ”marking” my favourite books I own.

When I get hurt I(I don’t hurt myself you mushy mushroom) on my finger I squeeze it a little till a bead of blood appears and then press my finger to the first page at the bottom left corner.

That says a lot about me…or does it make me sound like a creep?

11. I love grape juice.

Like grape juice is literally so good. I love this thing.

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Snape on a grape? *smirking emoji here*

12. I like spiders.

Mainly because in my house, there could probably be a few permanently lurking somewhere in the corners…I once slept with a spider just above my head on the ceiling. I was thinking about a pet spider but when it walks down my hand…I’ll be awfully ticklish.

13. I wear glasses.

Um…no…that aren’t black. For some reason they are transparent pink and rounded rectangle. I hate having eyesight problems 😭. But it isn’t my fault you know. I see blurry. The further something is, the more blurry it is. The nearer the clearer. Ooh, it rhymes…


Oh well…that is all for today! At least now you know that I have katsaridaphobia haha!

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Ruin and Rising-A Book Review

*sniffs* *sniffs again*

Well, since the topic of me sniffing shouldn’t be of any of your concern…we will proceed..,*sni-

  • Title: Ruin and Rising
  • Series: Shadow and Bone #3
  • Author: Leigh Bardugo
  • Genre: Fantasy, Magic, Romance
  • Category: YA
  • Publication Date/Publisher: June 17th 2014 by Henry Holt and Company

Ruin and Rising (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy, #3)
Source: Goodreads

The capital has fallen.

The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.

[Synopsis from Goodreads]


About the Author:

Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse (now a Netflix original series) which spans the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, the Six of Crows Duology, the King of Scars Duology, and The Language of Thorns—with more to come. Her short stories can be found in multiple anthologies, including the Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy. Her other works include Wonder Woman: Warbringer and Ninth House (Goodreads Choice Winner for Best Fantasy 2019) which is being developed for television by Amazon Studios. Leigh grew up in Southern California and graduated from Yale University. These days she lives and writes in Los Angeles. For information on new releases and appearances, sign up for her newsletter.

She would be delighted if you visited her at LeighBardugo.com and fairly giddy if you liked her selfies on Instagram.

[Picture and text taken directly from Goodreads]


My Ratings: 5/5

Rating: 5 out of 5.

My Thoughts:

Just thinking about the ending breaks my heart. I will never forgive Alina but what has to be done has to be done. Good thing she paid for it in some indirect way…I will never ever ever forgive Alina…but any other ending would have been absolutely horrible. And Leigh Bardugo gives bitter sweet ending…what to expect??

Those who haven’t yet read this, I would please ask you not to get any ideas and for the love of heaven and hell, the world and the universe, the moon and the stars, the dark matter and the space between atoms in the air, I would be polite to ask you to sincerely yeet erase that little paragraph above from your memories. I am asking you to do this because I have your best interests at the very bottom of my bottomless heart.

Well, this book was a real journey. The previous characters who weren’t that present in the previous books really shone in this one.

I loved getting to know more about Zoya (that girl’s got some real guts I tell you) Genya (I absolutely love that lady. She has got a fierce and tough heart filled with bravery under her beauty. And Nikolai (again) manages to steal to show with his charm.

There was a thing I didn’t expect at all around the end of the book that I didn’t see coming. I was like:

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on Earth…what…how on God’s green and blue Earth did that just happen. Never saw this coming…

One aspect of the book that I absolutely loved is that The Darkling’s backstory was revealed in there. I mean, it is nice to know more about hem hem, the villain and his background. And it was all in details and it served a lot in the plot so it didn’t feel like it was just thrown in there.

Zoya Nazyalensky was this girl who totally portrays the badass who makes no effort to be badass. One day, I’ll most probably name my child after her…I totally loved getting to know her more because she and Nikolai were both my second favourite characters in this trilogy. And to be honest, I think Zoya and Nikolai would make a great pair. The way they talk you know…they could make a calm argument for hours haha. I love the fact that she only agrees to help Alina because she is the key to make Ravka safe again not because she actually cares for Alina. *maniacal laugh here*. Oh and of course Alina knows but I love how they warm up a teeny bit after working together.

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Mal was a lot better in this book but he is still annoying to be honest. Around the end of the book, I warmed up a lot to him. I think I always knew he loved Alina but in the two previous books, it was almost masked up to his 90% trashy attitude and 10% sweet attitude. But I guess Leigh Bardugo wanted us to ship Alina with the somebody else so that the ending shakes us and causes an earthquake. You know how Miss Leigh is with all her cunning ideas of torturing her readers…

Hem hem…well you’d better know that I never shipped Alina and Mal it was always Alina and The Darkling. The very first time I ever shipped a protagonist and the antagonist but you know Miss Leigh…she has got great ideas when it comes to character love interests…

I seriously liked the plot of the book. I have feeling that much more things happened in this last book…there was a lot more action and buildup in this one than in the others in my opinion. I loved how in this last book, the characters are all looked into deeply and we get to know them better.

The question I have to ask myself is, did Alina actually hate the Darkling or what?

Back to the main things. The ending was…not disappointing but I found it quite bitter (it all depends on you. How you bond with certain characters). For some it might be the perfect ending. The exact way an epic book should end but for me…it was heartbreaking. I was literally so lucky my parents weren’t home that day I finished that book. Spent around half an hour crying on the kitchen floor, had lunch and spent half an hour more crying on the kitchen floor while listening to Back To December by Taylor Swift. I cannot listen to that song now without tearing up. It is one of my favourite Taylor Swift songs. 😭. I hate Leigh Bardugo. I love Leigh Bardugo. She wrote one of the greatest books I have ever experienced. Despite breaking my heart, I’ll read this again. No book has ever made me cry like that.

This book is a great adventure and if you haven’t read this…you better do that soon. It was one hell of a story.

Okay bye bye bye now. Leave me alone. I think I have got to cry.

BTW, I have to tell you that I think I will be posting more often now because schools have closed again here in Mauritius and I am staying home. Like, I guess I’ll be reading more. I got out of my reading slump by reading a 500+ page book and a 750+ page book…figured out the way to get me out of a reading slump 🙂

I just have to pick any book that I have already read before and just get reading. I easily get into the reading flow then. Going to pick up a new book soon. I think I’ll pick up King of Scars next. I haven’t read this and I need to pay a visit to the Grisha world again. I need to go to Ravka or Ketterdam or some place like that.

¬Hermione

Interviewing Hermione (ME!)| Part One|

So hey all people! Well, the amazing Inky @ Sosooorna’s Boring Blog interviewed me! Well, do check it out because her questions were really fun to answer!

Sosooorna’s ✨Boring✨ Blog

hi leaves, welcome to the circus with only one clown. today is part one 1⃣ of me interviewing bloggers. today i’ll be interviewing heromine, from portable magic. she has a great blog with amazing book reviews and she’s a fun blogger.

introducing heromine-

i’ll be telling ya’ll what i found in her about page. she’s a 12 year old blogger, who loves reading. She’s also known as Annia, her fav genre is fanasty.

the interview

1. Why and when did you start blogging?

Wait…do I have to introduce myself? Oh well, you just need to know that I am Hermione and I run a blog called Portable Magic. And my actual name is Annia but I don’t want people I personally know, know that I have a blog…ooh…this is one introduction right. 
My mother actually created my blog for me when I was eleven in November 2019 because she wanted…

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Wrap Up #October2021

A gif to explain this October:

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You can blame school for it…*exhales dramatically* but I did a lot of nice things to. I took probably more than fifty flower pictures. And they actually turned out good. I love going into the garden and taking pictures. Have to do that again sometime…


Total number of books read: 4 (read my ”Life Update”…the second one:)


The Scorpio Illusion by Robert Ludlum (Thriller)

The Scorpio Illusion
Source: Goodreads

My Ratings: 2.5/5 (kind of regret buying this book to be honest…)

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

The plot was actually really good. I guess this could have been better if it would have been written by another author. There was a lot of unnecessary details and conversation in there. Like, it went way too fast. And some things fell a little out of place. There are much better books out there…like the Scorpios were some sort of secret organization…is that all?? Like I want to know more. You could have added that to the book instead of the unnecessary paragraphs…? This book would have had so much potential had it been written by another author. Quite disappointed. Expected more.


Other Posts:


What I Plan To Read Next:

Something light probably. Some contemporary perhaps. I will have exams soon in December (yep…in December because Covid loves messing up things) and I am already a little stressed…


Life Update:

  • I have been in a bit of a reading slump I guess. My mind was just everywhere and school is just deciding to settle permanently on my back, or rather on my head; because my brain is trying to escape but it cannot.
  • I actually read 4 books. The Scorpio Illusion and the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy…(shh…I am still twelve…) but…I think it gets a three out of five. It was just that I don’t need that many scenes every ten pages thank you. You better shut up now. I was just curious…
  • I took many pictures of flowers from our garden. And I think they turned out pretty good. Here are some of them:

(the pictures are NOT to be used without my permission)

It looks much nicer in my blog page you know…I don’t think the collage shows in the WordPress reader…

©2021HermioneAJ


Music I Listened To:

  • Reputation by Taylor Swift (full album)
  • Speak Now by Taylor Swift (full album)
  • Folklore by Taylor Swift (full album)
  • Stay by BLACKPINK [when you realize the meaning of this song..]
  • Hope Not by BLACKPINK [..just find the English version…I’ll cry]
  • You Never Know by BLACKPINK
  • On The Ground by Rosé
  • Gone by Rosé [listen to this…please. It is all in English and it is just so beautiful. The lyrics I can’t-]
  • Money by Lisa

You have to listen to those songs. I absolutely loved them…especially the BLACKPINK ones…it is a shame they don’t make anymore like these now…they are literally one of their best songs😔. Like the ones where it makes you actually feel the song.


October Goals Review:

  • Read more than 5 books. ❌
  • Find a miraculous way to balance life, school and blogging. THAT MEANS I HAVE TO POST AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK! ❌
  • Don’t close my eyes while riding a bike the next time. ✅

November Goals:

  • Hey you idiot, just breathe okay…I know you have got Bharatanatyam exam and Alliance Française and your second term exams are starting at the beginning of December…just breathe…oh and 2 presentations.
  • Read more than 3 books.
  • Catch up on book reviews.
  • Breathe.
  • Live.

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…because I don’t…

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Oh well, I guess I’d better go now…because I have 2 presentations to do, practice Bharatanatyam and revise the theory for the exam, study French for Alliance Francaise exam and catch up on the reviews. That is a lot to do.

Did I mention that I have to do a presentation on my favourite book?? I was planning on doing it on Six of Crows. Definitely not Harry Potter. My friends totally put me off that idea. Not Sorcery of Thorns, the subject gets really close to one of my fictional crushes. Not Shadow and Bone; gets too close to the fictional crush thing and I might start crying…Not Fable…I have no idea what to say. Least why I even love this book. Not Game of Thrones; it isn’t for my age and if the teacher has read this book (she read Harry Potter and she might have read Game of Thrones), that would be embarrassing. And I might start rambling why George R.R Martin shouldn’t kill Jon Snow…

So let us just settle with Six of Crows. I just have to pretend I am making a review and just make it interactive. *deep breathing* It isn’t as easy as it seems to be. I dreamt I went to do the Alliance Francaise exam and I hadn’t even revised at all. And you had all this advanced stuff…