12 Days of Christmas Book Tag 2015

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The 12 Days of Christmas Book Tag was created last year by Ashley @ Falling Down The Book Hole  and it’s quite possible I did this last year (but I don’t feel like looking it up). But this year I was tagged by Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse. Thanks Deanna! So just in case I did this before, I’ll try to make these answers come from books I only read this year.


On the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: a partridge in a pear tree.

The partridge stood alone in the pear tree. What is your favorite stand alone?

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There are several excellent stand alones that I read this year, but I think I’ll go with Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty.

 


On the second day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: two turtle doves.

Love is in the air! Who is your one true pairing?

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I really love Cinder and Kai. I loved every single thing about their relationship in Winter.

 


On the third day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: Three French Hens.

In the spirit of threes, what is the best trilogy you have read?

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There is only one trilogy that I completed this year and that was the Paper Gods trilogy by Amanda Sun.

 


On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: four calling birds.

Since series usually consist of four or more books, what is your favourite series?

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I’m going to have to go with The Lunar Chronicles. Again, Winter was a great end to the series!

 


On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: five golden rings.

One ring to rule them all! Who is your Favorite Villain/Antagonist?

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The Dane Twins from A Darker Shade of Magic. They were deliciously creepy and crazy.


On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: six geese a laying.

Creation is a beautiful thing. What is your favourite world/world-building?

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I’m going to go with The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

 


On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: seven swans a swimming.

Who needs seven swans when all it takes is one good animal sidekick? Who’s your favourite animal sidekick?

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I don’t remember it’s name, but there was one particular dragon in The Great Zoo of China that was pretty awesome.

 


On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: eight maids a milking.

Milk is so 18th century. Which book or series takes beverages/food to a whole new level? 

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First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen. A magical apple tree.


On the ninth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: nine ladies dancing.

Dancing is just one skill of a Lady! Who is your favourite kickass female lead?

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Inej from Six of Crows.


On the tenth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: ten lords a leaping.

How about your favourite leading lad?

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Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows. Of course.

 


On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me: eleven pipes piping. 

What is your favourite book or bookish thing with musical influence? (It can be about music, reference music a lot etc.)

Missing You by Harlan Coben. The title is a reference to a song which is also mentioned in the book.

 


On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: 12 drummers drumming. 

Drum roll please…what is your favourite read of this year?

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I’ve narrowed it down to three. Big Little Lies by Liane Morirarty, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, and Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin.

Feel free to tag yourself if you’d like to participate!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Love To See As Movies/TV Shows

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is: Top Ten Books I’d Love To See As Movies/TV Shows. I’ve already done this topic twice (here and here) so I’ll try to come up with new answers.

BOOKS AS MOVIES

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Dangerous Girls by Abigal Haas

A Darker Shade of Magic (A Darker Shade of Magic, #1)

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Eeny Meeny (Helen Grace, #1)

Eeny Meeny by M.J. Arlidge

The Great Zoo of China

The Great Zoo of China by MatthewReilly

Illusions of Fate

Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White

BOOKS AS TV SHOWS

Garden Spells (Waverley Family, #1)   First Frost (Waverley Family, #2)

Garden Spells and First Frost (Waverly Family series) by Sarah Addison Allen

Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, #1)  Untold (The Lynburn Legacy, #2)   Unmade (The Lynburn Legacy, #3)

Unspoken, Untold, Unmade (Lynburn Legacy) by Sarah Rees Brennan

WHAT BOOKS WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE MADE INTO A MOVIE OR TV SHOW? WHAT DO YOU THINK OF MY CHOICES?

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January 2015 Recap

I’ve never done monthly blog recaps, but I thought I’d try one and see how it goes. Enjoy! Or not. I mean, I usually don’t read those types of posts on other people’s blogs…

Books Read: 10

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Books Reviewed: 7

The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly (NetGalley) 3/5 stars
Sabotaged (Alaskan Courage #5) by Dani Pettrey (NetGalley) 3/5 stars
A Tap on the Window by Linwood Barclay 3/5 stars
Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama 2/5 stars
The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel (NetGalley) 3/5 stars
The Magician’s Lie by Greer Macallister 2/5 stars
What If by Rebecca Donovan (NetGalley) 2/5 stars

Genres Read:
Adult: 8
New Adult: 1
Young Adult: 1

Memes:
Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Debut Novels for 2015
Top Ten Tuesday: Most Disappointed Reads of 2014
Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Love to Read with my Book Club

Other Posts:

Discussion Post: Readers Problem: Library Waiting List
Re-blogged a funny post on SHIPs from the writer of Jackaby: SHIP
Reviewing the Unreviewed: January 2015
I Joined BlogLovin

Review: The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly

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I received a copy of this title from NetGalley. It does not impact my review.

It will be available on January 27, 2015.

Synopsis from Good Reads:

It is a secret the Chinese government has been keeping for forty years.

They have found a species of animal no one believed even existed. It will amaze the world.

Now the Chinese are ready to unveil their astonishing discovery within the greatest zoo ever constructed.

A small group of VIPs and journalists has been brought to the zoo deep within China to see its fabulous creatures for the first time.

Among them is Dr. Cassandra Jane ‘CJ’ Cameron, a writer for National Geographic and an expert on reptiles.

The visitors are assured by their Chinese hosts that they will be struck with wonder at these beasts, that they are perfectly safe, and that nothing can go wrong.

Of course it can’t…

GET READY FOR ACTION ON A GIGANTIC SCALE.

I wasn’t sure what I was expecting from The Great Zoo of China, but a wild, action-packed, guilty-pleasure of an adventure wasn’t it.

In a play for cultural dominance, China has spent years building a secret zoo that will put them ahead of every other nation, especially the United States. What kind of great zoo could be a bigger draw than Disneyland? A great Dragon zoo! Those in charge of the zoo invite Chinese diplomats and American journalists to preview the zoo before it opens. It starts off well, but for all of us who have read or seen Jurassic Park, we know it can’t possibly last for long.

My problem with this book is also one of it’s strengths. It is a very action-driven novel. After the first several chapters of explanation of how the dragons were discovered, contained, and could co-exist safely with humans in the confines of the zoo, the action completely took over. The next couple hundred pages contained more dragon attacks, buildings crumbling, and people being eaten alive than I thought was possible in one book. While it was very descriptive and fun for awhile, I got over it pretty fast.

I’m definitely a reader that appreciates character-development more than anything else and there wasn’t a lot of it in this book. Our main character got one background story to explain the scar on her face and it’s implied that her photographer younger brother is a party boy, but other than that, almost all the other human characters could be interchanged with each other. Besides the humans, though, there are also several dragon characters, one of which is more developed than the rest (the way she’s developed is the reason this book falls into the guilty pleasure category).

While I thought the description was very well written, I also thought there was an overabundance of italicized words and exclamation points.  All I could think about was that episode of Seinfeld where Elaine gets mad at her boyfriend for not putting an exclamation point in his phone message.

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Overall, though, I thought The Great Zoo of China was a fun, guilty-pleasure type of read. It’s not something I would read every day, but it was definitely something fun to start out the new year. I would recommend it to fans of Jurassic Park and those that love action-heavy novels.

3 stars