Posted in Book Tags

12 Days of Christmas Book Tag

Merry Christmas!, my lovely readers! I hope you are all enjoying the holidays!
I know it’s been a while (my semester was extremely busy, but I am officially half way done my post-secondary education), but this morning I’m back with a fun Christmas themed book tag!
This tag was originally created by Lizzie Loves Books. 
Hope you enjoy!!


“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?

I love a good stand-alone novel, so it’s very challenging to pick just one! For this reason, I’m just going to select a random one that I love: You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle. I read this book last year, and it was one of the most fun and unique romances I’ve ever experienced.
See my review of You Deserve Each Other here.

“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?

I am also a massive fan of a good romance, so choosing just one couple is nearly impossible for me! Again, I’m going to select a couple that I adore. Josh and Hazel are the perfect friends-to-lovers and opposites attract story, they made a wonderful couple!
See my review of Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating here.

“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?

I think I’ve read a fair few excellent trilogies in the last several years, but my very favourite would probably have to be The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. 
See my review of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #1) here.

“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?

As I’m sure it’s no surprise, I’ve gotta go with Lux. Have I ever made it through a book tag without bringing up this series? It’s just too darn good!
See my review of Obsidian (Lux #1) here.

“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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Hands down, Sebastian Morgenstern of The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. I thought that he was incredibly well-developed character, and I really enjoyed reading about him!

“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?

Hogwarts, and the Wizarding World in general, is so near and dear to my heart. If I had the ability to visit any fictional world, it would have to be this one. 

“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?

Honestly, I can’t think of many books with characters who have animal sidekicks, unless Hedwig counts. 

“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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This is a tough one, but I think I’d have to go with With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acedevo! As an aspiring chef, Emoni cooked so many delicious foods, many of which I had never heard of before, but would love to try.
See my review of With the Fire on High here.

“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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I honestly have so many, but I think that Alex from Covenant would have to top the list. I will forever admire her bravery and incredible skills in combat.
See my review of Half-Blood (Covenant #1) here.

“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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It’s too hard to pick just one – I have so many favourites! This time I’ll go with my dearest Percy Jackson of Percy Jackson and the Olympians and all the other books in the Rick Riordan universe. I always have the absolute time of my life with Percy’s hilarious narration, and he is also an incredibly wholesome person. 

“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.)

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Yet again, it’s hard to pick, but I have to go with Daisy Jones and the Six for this one! I was absolutely enthralled by this story, and the musical aspect was so well done.
See my review of Daisy Jones and the Six here.

“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?

Hands-fricking-down, The Way I Used to Be by Aber Smith. This book was beautifully written, very emotional, and entirely unforgettable.
See my review of The Way I Used to Be here.


That’s a wrap on the 12 Days of Christmas Book Tag! Thanks for reading, and I hope you all have a fantastic holiday season! See you again next time!
XO, Daniella

Posted in Quote Corner

Quote Corner #26: Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods

Happy Tuesday and a very, very happy birthday to Percy Jackson! In celebration of one of my favourite character’s birthday, I decided that I would dedicate today’s Quote Corner to Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods! I’ve always adored Percy’s bravery, selflessness, love for his friends and family, and especially his sense of humour, which really shone through in this book.
Happy reading!! ❤


I wake up every morning and think: You know what would be good today? Not dying.

I mean, five gods in one stomach—dang. That’s enough for doubles tennis, including a ref. They’d been down there so long, they were probably hoping Kronos would swallow down a deck of cards or a Monopoly game.

Hermes played a little Mozart and some One Direction, and Apollo cried, ‘I must have it! The girls will go wild for that!”

He was also the god of (take a deep breath) commerce, languages, thievery, cheeseburgers, trickery, eloquent speaking, feasts, cheeseburgers, hospitality, guard dogs, birds of omen, gymnastics, athletic competitions, cheeseburgers, cheeseburgers and telling fortunes with dice. Okay, I just tossed in the cheeseburgers to see if you were paying attention. Also, I’m hungry.

You can’t swing a cat in Ancient Greece without hitting one of Zeus’s ex-girlfriends.


Not only was this book laugh-out loud hilarious, especially when I was a kid, but it was also very educational! The Percy Jackson series kick-started my fascination and obsession with Greek mythology when I was younger and this book taught me so much more about it in a fun and entertaining way. This passion still remains with me, and I even took a class about Greek Civilization in my second semester of university earlier this year.
This book also includes gorgeous illustrations that truly elevated the reading experience.

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Review: The Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Graphic Novels #1)

Hello, hello, my lovely readers! I hope you’re all staying safe and healthy! 🙂
This morning I’m here with a review of the graphic novel adaptation of The Lightning Thief, which was terribly disappointing. 😦
Happy reading!!


The Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel by Rick Riordan, Robert Venditti, José Villarrubia, Attila Futaki
Genre: Middle Grade – Graphic Novel, Fantasy, Mythology
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Graphic Novels #1
Pages: 135
Publication Date: October 2010
My Rating: 2 of 5 stars
Read August 2020

Goodreads Synopsis:
You’ve read the book. You’ve seen the movie. Now submerge yourself in the thrilling, stunning, and action-packed graphic novel.
Mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking out of the pages of twelve-year-old Percy Jackson’s textbooks and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’s master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect. Now, he and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus’s stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus.
Series creator Rick Riordan joins forces with some of the biggest names in the comic book industry to tell the story of a boy who must unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.


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Have you read the graphic novel? What did you think of the art style?
Did you read the original series?
I’d love to chat in the comments down below!! 🙂

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Posted in Book Tags

Tag: Cake Flavoured

Happy World Baking Day, everyone! I hope you’re all doing well and enjoying your weekend!
To celebrate, I thought that it would be fun to do the Cake Flavoured Book Tag!

I hope you enjoy!!! ❤


1) CHOCOLATE CAKE – A dark book you absolutely love

Oh, I will have to go with the Mara Dyer trilogy by Michelle Hodkin. This is a dark thriller, but it is absolutely phenomenal.
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See my review of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer here.

2) VANILLA CAKE – A light read

For this one I’m going to say 10 Blind Dates! I actually just finished this book a few days ago, but light, sweet, and fun are the very best ways to describe it!!
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See my review of 10 Blind Dates here.

3) RED VELVET – A book that gave you mixed emotions

Turtles All the Way Down definitely left me conflicted. I enjoyed the writing style and I liked and related to the protagonist, but the plot was so BORING!
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See my review of Turtles All the Way Down here.

4) CHEESECAKE – A book you would recommend to anyone

This is a really tough one because I don’t think there is any one book that suits every reader’s taste. However, I feel like Harry Potter is a versatile modern classic that can be enjoyed by almost anybody!
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5) COFFEE CAKE – A book you started but never finished

I never ended up completing The Bane Chronicles. I was very excited to read this way back when, but most of the stories that I read bored me and after putting it down once, I simply didn’t want to pick it back up.
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6) CARROT CAKE – A book with great writing

I absolutely loved the writing in The Problem With Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout! She is my favourite author for a reason.
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See my review of The Problem With Forever here.

7) TIRAMISU – A book that left you wanting more

I’m forever craving more of Daemon and Katy, so the Lux series definitely left me wanting more.
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See my review of Obsidian (Lux #1) here.
See my review of  Onyx (Lux #2) here.
See my review of Opal (Lux #3) here.
See my review of Origin (Lux #4) here.
See my review of Opposition (Lux #5) here.

8) CUPCAKES – A series with 4+ books

There are practically endless options here, but I’m going to say Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan, just because I feel like I don’t talk about how much I love those books nearly enough! I am so excited for it to become a television series n Disney+!!
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9) FRUIT CAKE – A book that wasn’t what you anticipated

This is an easy one: The Unrequited by Saffron A. Kent. I was expecting a dark thriller/romance, but I got a disturbing romance that I couldn’t even finish reading.
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See my review of The Unrequited here.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?
Are they on your TBR?
Let me know in the comments don below!!

Thanks so much for joining me today! Hope to see you again soon! ❤

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Posted in Book Lists

My Favourite Middle Grade Books

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S BOOK DAY! In honour of the day, I decided that I would share some of my favourite middle grade novels and series. I’ve been a massive bookworm throughout my entire life; reading is and always will be a detrimental part of who I am. I am a strong believer that many of these books payed a role in shaping me into who I am today. I love and appreciate them all so much.
If you know a young reader, I would most certainly recommend any of these fantastic books to them!


Harry Potter – J. K. Rowling
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Okay, let’s get the basic ones out of the way. I read the Harry Potter series for the first time when I was eight years old, and like most other people, I instantly fell in love. I quickly devoured the entire series, and immediately proceeded to read them again. And again. And again, and again, and again. Ten years later and this series still remains to be one of my favourites, as I’m sure it always will be.
Recommended for: Honestly, this series is a great pick for anyone of any age. Despite the fact that the target audience is 8-12 years old, they can be read and enjoyed by teenagers and adults too! They are very well-developed and layered stories that include something to appeal to everybody. There is a fascinating magic system, a mystery aspect in most of the books, a little bit of romance here and there, a fantastic cast of characters, lots of action, and the perfect touch of comedy. This is also a great series to read because they have phenomenal movie adaptations!

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