#CakeFlavouredBooks Tag

Holland

Hello everyone!

So last month, Cait @ Paper Fury did a #CakeFlavouredBooks Tag (which is taken from #bookstagram btw) and made me very hungry. Today, I’ve decided to join in on the fun and try it too!

(Quick note: all images of cake were taken from Unsplash, StockSnap.io, or Pexels. Some images link to the original photographer. And I’m sorry if the cake was not accurately chosen!)

~*~ CAKE BOOK TAG ~*~toa-heftiba-98737

1.CHOCOLATE CAKE (a dark book you absolutely love)

If you asked me to read a dark book three years ago, I probably would have run away shrieking. The most I could handle were the creepy scenes in Harry Potter! BUT EVERYTHING CHANGED and these days, I find myself actually enjoying dark books!! Some books I love include: Illuminae, Wolf by Wolf, Crooked Kingdom, and Our Dark Duet! 

 

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2. VANILLA CAKE (a light read)

For someone who loves cute and light books, I definitely don’t read them often enough. You Know Me Well is a book I read last year and I really enjoyed it. It’s romantic & funny & sometimes the character say really profound things. The Secret of a Heart Note and When Dimple Met Rishi are also great contemporary reads to turn to if you want a light read. 

 

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3. RED VELVET (a book that gave you mixed emotions)

OK I admit I actually had to check my Goodreads shelf for this question because I’m not a very complicated bookworm. I either like a book or I don’t. Nevertheless, I managed to find two books that left me with very mixed emotions (and I did not finish reading them). The Rose Society was the much anticipated second book in The Young Elites series and I really wanted to enjoy it. But I found it slightly boring and was no longer invested in the characters. Shadow Scale is the sequel to Seraphina and I felt super conflicted about this book. I love the characters, plot, worldbuilding, etc. But it didn’t hold my interest so I stopped reading halfway through, fully intending to come back to it someday. I definitely think Seraphina was better though. 

 

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4. CHEESECAKE (a book you would recommend to anyone)

I’m not sure if there is any book that every one would genuinely enjoy but I’m going to take a shot at answering this question by recommending some of my favorite book series. (Also V.E Schwab is my all time favorite author and I would recommend reading almost anything written by her.) 

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5. COFFEE CAKE (a book you started but never finished)

I mentioned The Rose Society and Shadow Scale in a previous answer but I have quite a few more books that I’ve ditched. I was reading Lair of Dreams at the start of 2017 and I didn’t finish it because it was too long. I can have a short attention span when it comes to certain books and Lair of Dreams wasn’t compelling enough to keep me interested. I absolutely loved the Splintered series until I got to the third book which I didn’t finish. Once again, I think I just got a bit bored with the characters. I also really couldn’t get into The DUFF. I know it’s quite a popular book but I found it cliché and shallow. 

 

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6. CARROT CAKE (a book with great writing)

I can think of several books with great writing – Uprooted which features long paragraphs of gorgeous descriptions and Furthermore with its stunning imagery. I’ve reviewed When The Moon Was Ours on the blog before and talked about how amazing it is. The Star-Touched Queen and The Rose & The Dagger are two of my favorite diverse YA fantasy books. 

 

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7. TIRAMISU (book that left you wanting more)

I think most good books leave me wanting more but here are some books that come to mind immediately: Vicious, Radio Silence, and Shiny Broken Pieces.

 

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8. CUPCAKES (series with 4+ books)

At first I was like “Oh no! I can’t think of any!” but then I remembered all the Shadowhunters books I’ve read so far. I finished reading Lord of Shadows last month and I STILL HAVE SO MANY FEELINGS. I just want more. (As you can tell, I don’t say that often because it’s hard for me to stay 100% invested in characters as a series progresses.) 

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9. FRUIT CAKE (book that wasn’t what you anticipated)

Probably Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik.  I wasn’t really sure what to expect because I don’t read much (or any!) Adult Fiction. Some of the bloggers I follow on Twitter were recommending it though so I anticipated it to be a good book. And it was! Sofia Khan is not Obliged turned out to be so funny and honest and deep. The main character is really blunt, smart, and follows her heart. I highly recommend this book. 

(Sidenote: I don’t like fruitcakes.) 

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Now, I would love to hear your answers to some of the questions from the Cake Book Tag! ALSO, do you like cake? What are some of your favorite types of cake and books? 

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book review: a crown of wishes ~ a gorgeous diverse fantasy

29939047.jpgPublisher:St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date
: March 28 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Rating: 5 stars
Goodreads Blurb: 

An ancient mystery. An unlikely union. For one young princess in a state of peril, a dangerous wish could be the only answer…

She is the princess of Bharata—captured by her kingdom’s enemies, a prisoner of war. Now that she faces a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. But should she trust Vikram, the notoriously cunning prince of a neighboring land? He promises her freedom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together they can team up and win the Tournament of Wishes, a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor. It seems like a foolproof plan—until Gauri and Vikram arrive at the tournament and find that danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans, mischievous story birds, a feast of fears, and twisted fairy revels. New trials will test their devotion, strength, and wits. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.

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beautiful people #26 ft. my writing process

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HI EVERYONE!

Now that summer break has arrived, I finally have more time to blog and write. This year, I decided to participate in Camp NaNoWriMo for the first time ever. I’m usually traveling during July but this time I’m spending the summer at home so I decided to make some progress in writing my book. I have never won NaNoWriMo before although I have attempted it several times (and regretted it). Bad decisions were made people. Anyway, I checked Cait’s blog, Paper Fury, for the eighth time today and realized I should do Beautiful People!! I’ve intended to join in for awhile (ever since I did it back in 2016) but either forgot or didn’t have time. 

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book review: lady midnight by cassandra clare ~ an wildly compelling story

25494343.jpgPublisher: McElderry Books
Release Date
: March 8 2016

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Rating: 5 stars
Goodreads Blurb: 

In a kingdom by the sea…

In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.

parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.

Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.

Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?

The darkly magical world of Shadowhunters has captured the imaginations of millions of readers across the globe. Join the adventure in Lady Midnight, the long-awaited first volume of a new trilogy from Cassandra Clare.

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book review: splintered by a.g. howard

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Publisher: Amulet Books
Release Date: January 1 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Rating: 5 stars
Goodreads Blurb: 

This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence.

Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

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