Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Fantasy/YA

Karou has two lives to juggle. She is a seventeen-year-old student in Prague and an errand girl to a creature who owns a business in Elsewhere. Raised in his shop but never visiting Elsewhere, she knows nothing of how she came to be there as a baby and never quite feels whole. Now she has to choose between her comfortable life here and the war ravaged world that may hold of the answers.

This almost felt like a book of three parts and four perspectives but when the reason they were interlinked was revealed, I was genuinely surprised. There was another very revealing (and shocking) moment similar to this toward the end but I cannot tell you the reason for that either as it would spoil the entire story.

Don’t let the almost chick-lit parts of the first half of the book put you off if you are into epic fantasy. This is a huge story that really gathers momentum and weight around half way through. It is part of a trilogy and so the plot and characters develop in accordance to that. Trust me, by the time you reach the end, you will be obsessed with reading the next book in the series.

Chrissie

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

An older couple Jack and Mabel move to a homestead in 1920’s Alaska to find a better quality of life. Mabel quietly longs for the child she lost years before and prefers the isolation of their cabin, rather than socialising at first.

On a rather unusual evening they have fun throwing snowballs and building a snow girl together. After that, each catch a glimpse through the trees of a little girl with a fox.

This is a wonderful book about how people come into each other’s lives, sometimes at the perfect moment. Ivey’s vivid descriptions of the bleak, yet awesome Alaskan countryside and the hard work it takes to survive in this environment really drew me in.

****SPOILER ALERT****

In the entire book there is only a very short and vague sentence which actually ties fact and fairytale together; when Mabel says that Faina surely would have died in the cold had we not built our snow girl at that very same moment, and now Faina is here with us.

The best I have been able to decide is that she is a human who was about to die but through the couples wish to have a child, she was saved and bestowed by nature with powers to thrive in the freezing weather and to control it but also a kind of curse relating to it as well.

Rating 4/5

Chrissie

Modern Fairytale, Fantasy & Graphic Novels I Recommend

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From Dead To Worse by Charlaine Harris – I’ve started reading The Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris again which inspired the series True Blood. I realised that I hadn’t finished them (and I lost touch with the TV series as well). I find Harris’s writing style really easy to read and I love the main character Sookie as she is equally strong and vulnerable.

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey – I can’t wait to start reading this novel based on an old Russian fairytale about a child who appears out of the snow.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer – A contemporary fairy tail this time about a girl who happens to be an android, has a horrid family and who catches the eye of a prince. I’ll review it once I’ve finished it.

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman – The best YA fantasy/adventure books with a female protagonist ever written, in my opinion. I was so relieved the film version of The Golden Compass (Northern Lights, US) did justice to the original material.

The Crow by James O’barr – This was the first graphic novel I ever read and one of the most darkly romantic stories I’d come across also. This version has extra illustrations, poems and quotes. Edgar Allen Poe is included, unsurprisingly.

Sin City The Making Of by Frank Miller (and lots of other people) – I’ve dipped in and out of several of Millers Sin City graphic novels over the years and I’ve really enjoyed them. I found the second Sin City film utterly boring but I’m still a huge fan of this first one, it’s a real one-off classic! I’m also a big film geek so I find those ‘The Making Of…’ documentaries and books really interesting.

Chrissie

 

 

Creepy Cute Wishlist from EMP

Pastel Skel Dress

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Tokyo (long) Top

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Cheshire Cat Funko Pop!

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Harley Purse

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Skull & Daisy Leggings

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Bonita Tee

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Bat Top

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Skull Ear Studs

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Lara Tye Dye Vest

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Strong Heart Choker

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Manic Panic Hair Dye in Sea Nymph 

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Harley Quinn Funko Pop!

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Galaxy Skull Tee

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Little Bow Hair Slides

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Cheshire Cat Hoodie

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As always, I want to know which are your faves?

Chrissie

 

Crazy but Cute

Crazy but Cute
Only slightly inspired by a certain comic book character ;o}

5 Fandom Friday: 5 Fandoms I Couldn’t Get Into

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No you’re not mixed up, it is Thursday. I’m answering a question that I missed because I don’t watch podcasts (way behind I know) and I don’t have any geeky/fandom habits as I’m genuinely quite random. So here are the fandoms I couldn’t get into.

Dr Who

I tried watching this when Christopher Eccleston was the Dr as I thought it would be a lot darker and although I found it fairly entertaining I didn’t find the threat, er, very threatening. I think they were evil angles or robots or possibly robot angels, whatever.

Peaky Blinders

After watching two series of this I liked it but then there was yet another rape in series three. A character being raped should never be used to progress the plot in, what is essentially an entertainment show. How is that entertainment?! The excuse of “it happened a lot back then” is no excuse. It happens a lot now. That’s why the term ‘rape culture’ exists, because rape is so prevelant in our own modern culture. I understand there is some place for a rape story line if it raises important relevant issues and is helpful in some way but unfortunately, in Peaky Blinders (as in GOT) it’s purely their to create drama and suspense.

Star Treck

I’ve never had a love for rubber aliens or people wearing rubber alien prostetics. This was the main reason I wasn’t buying into the whole Trecky thang. I have however come to realise that Star Treck was the first TV show to have a multi racial cast – just because, not because it was essential to the plot. I also realise how important Spock was as a character, him not understanding the social norms of the crew and seeming to value logic and reasoning over emotion and empathy, although it becomes apparent he feels just as deeply as anyone would (Asperger’s anyone?) Maybe if they started a new Star Treck series I might watch it actually!

Terry Pratchett’s Disc World

Quite an old choice now, I s’pose. I never got into these as I’d already gotten into darker fantasy novels and graphic novels like LOTR and The Crow and Joss Whedan’s stuff before I’d ever heard of Disc World. If I’d have read these when I was around 12-13, maybe I’d have liked them.

D & D

Me playing a character in a pretend fantasy world, with a straight face would not be possible. Plus, dungeons and dragons seems to go on forever! I love the idea of the cards and the dice and everyone getting together and a 50 year old man pretending to be a little dwarf wielding his powerful orb…..Aww, crap, I just can’t LOL

❤ Chrissie ❤

Making Instagram Albums to Share on Social Media

I’ve been using the Insta Collage app to create mini albums to draw attention to my Instagram feed on social media. It’s really easy to compile, edit and share them and so addictive that I’ve made eight of them!

Edgy Urban

Edgy Urban

Pretty Urban

Spot the dove

Style Wishlists

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Geek and Alternative

Alternative

Cruelty Free Beauty

Beauty

Lifestyle Colourfulness

Lifestyle

Food and Drink

Food and Drink

Just Random Really

Cool Stuff

Why not follow me on Instagram for more piccies.

Chrissie

Recently On The Blog and Such…

On My Instagram

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The best dairy free easter egg I’ve ever eaten, from Sainsbury’s; Hello Kitty money box for spare change so I won’t be tempted to dip into it for chippy money! Cool quote on equality – although not keen on the dragon slaying aspect; Love this quote from The Wizard of Oz; We’re lucky the bloke’s flat faces West as he gets the best sunsets; Spring flowers I bought myself; Street Art on Soap Street; Powerfpuffyourself; Chillin with a fantasy novel.

Selection of posts from March incase you missed them….

How To Know If You Are Basic (I deliberately left out the word ‘bitch’ from the tittle)

E.L.F lipsticks and Complete Coverage Concealer palette review

OOh Arr facemasks review

Springtime Homeware, Beauty and Accessories

Awesome Geek Questions and Bucket List Game

Balance Me Revitalising Hand and Body Wash review

Filofax Clipbook organiser review

My dairy and gluten free Holland & Barrett haul

March’s5 Fandom Friday’ Posts 

5 Fave Nostalgic/Comfort Films from the 80’s So little allowed, so much choice!

5 Fave Fictional Foods I didn’t include Bob’s Burgers in this because of the character Louise O_o

5 Tattoos I Want or Like

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I saw Deadpool at the flicks and absolutely loved it! The dialogue is like what me and my quick and darkly humoured mates would come up with over a few pints but with a coherent storyline attached and epic action scenes. I don’t review films because I hate breaking down something that I really enjoy (and makes me feel something emotionally) into it’s individual parts and then analysing them so my reviews would only be of films I dislike! Books I have no problem with reviewing for some reason? Look out for some book reviews coming up soon!

Chrissie ❤

5 Fandom Friday – Characters I Would Invite To My Dinner Party

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As I’m English I don’t celebrate Thanksgiving so I’ve turned it into the old imaginary dinner guests question with a fictional twist and a cocktail party at the end.

Lyra (The Golden Compass)

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Probably the only kid you would want at a dinner party. She has ridden on a polar bear, fought crazy socialite scientist and talked to angels. I can’t imagine anything would phase her.

Agent Phil Coulson (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D)

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He looks great in a suit, he’s witty and includes pop culture references, he’s a little dorky, those smile lines, he has a flying car.

Betty (Ugly Betty)

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It would be nice to have another normal girl there and she is opinionated but really sweet with it.

Riddick (The Chronicles of Riddick)

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I’m sure after a bottle of wine or three we will have found a side to him that isn’t so serious.

Loki (Thor)

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He’s the god of mischief, what more do you want for entertainment, even if he is a little sulky.

Ripley (Alien)

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I just totally admire her I’d have to be careful not to go fan-girl crazy. Her social skills aren’t always that great in a big group and neither are mine so that’s cool.

Giles (Buffy The Vampire Slayer)

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I’m imagining this is his response to my desert that I’ve slaved over.

Clonal Jack O’Neal (Stargate)

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Jack, Riddick and Ripley could bond over their space travel history or try and out-do each other.

Tai (Clueless)

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I love how sweet and positive and sort of grungy she is even post makeover.

Barry Allen (The Flash)

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I love how adorable and brave he is and I think he’d be on the same wave-length as Tai and Betty and me.

Spike (Buffy)

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I’d have to fix him a very special Bloody Mary unless he was completely on the wagon.

It’s funny, I fall pretty much in the middle between the young people and the older people here (apart from Spike) which always seems to be the case at parties. I wonder which way it would go after Giles and Spike had downed a few cocktails, wether they would reminisce about old times or wether it would be a case of “Spikes got all bitey again, taxi!”

Chrissie xx