Zombie Apocalypse tag

Hi there,
Because it is Halloween (ooh spooky) I decided to do the Zombie Apocalypse tag, created by an English vlogger called Emma Blackery. I’ve altered the questions a little to be suited to a book blogger. This tag just involves questions about what would happen if there was a zombie apocalypse. I’m also going to give you a couple of recommend Halloween reads down the bottom. Alright lets start.

1) Which three fictional people would you have in your team?
I would probably have Jace Herondale because he has hunted demons so he must be able to hunt zombies! The I’d take Cas Lowood because he hunts ghosts and zombies aren’t that different. I mean they are both dead. Lastly I would take Daenerys Targaryen because she is amazing at war strategy and also dragons.

2) The object immediately to your left is your only weapon. Will you survive?
The item directly to my left is an extension cord so I’m okay cause I can just whip it at the zombies.

3) If you were a zombie, who would you want to bite?
Probably a really attractive person because they would obviously taste the best.

4) What would your survival plan be?
I would probably just run into my attic and hide (cause how can zombies get up there) while the three people in my team did all the work. Or I would have just died within the first five minutes.

5) What would you do if your parents became zombies?
I’d like to say I could kill them if they were zombies but I’m not sure I could. I would probably just leave them alone and go and hunt some other people. Wait for someone else to take care of them.

6) Do you want the zombie apocalypse to happen?
Um… no. Why would I want the zombie apocalypse to happen. Why would I want brain eating zombies up and roaming the earth where they have easy access to my brain? No thank you.

Okay so there are a couple of books that I recommend reading at Halloween time or any time you want something a bit scary to read. Firstly I recommend (obviously) Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. I feel like I talk about this book a lot but it is really amazing and I think everyone should read it. I also recommend Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick. It’s not a paranormal kind of book but it actually did scare me quite a bit. I might just be a baby but I think some of you might enjoy it. Those are really the only two scary(ish) books I’ve read. So you should all go and read them.

I tag bookishrebels, unravellingpages and all of you to do this tag.

Signing off, Charlie

Book Creatures of the night tag

Hi there,
So I’ve been MIA for a couple of weeks now and I do apologize for that. I have been crazy busy and haven’t had time to post anything. But today is the day! Because Halloween is coming up I am going to be doing the Creatures of the Night book tag. This tag involves a variety of creepy creatures and you have to name your favourite character who is that creature. This tag was created by Kat from the Katytastic booktube channel on youtube. Alright here we go:

1) Vampire
I haven’t actually read many books with vampires in them but I think my favourite vampire would be Christian from the Vampire Academy series by Michelle Reid. I thought he was really sweet, even though he was a bit of a loner. I don’t actually like reading about vampires that often but I liked this series and I like Christian.

2) Werewolf
My favourite werewolf would be Luke Garroway from the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. He is such a sweetheart and I love him a lot. I totally shipped him and Jocelyn together throughout the series. He remind me a lot of Luke from Gilmore Girls and his and Jocelyn’s relationship is like Luke and Lorelei’s in Gilmore Girls. Weird.

3) Zombie
Jules Albert, Nico’s zombie driver from the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan. He was a really awesome and funny edition to the series and I really liked him.

4) Ghost
My favourite ghost is obviously Anna from the Anna Dressed in Blood duo by Kendare Blake. She is so cool and Canna is the cutest ship in the world. I haven’t actually read about that many ghosts but I definitely love Anna.

5) Witch/wizard/warlock/spellcaster
I am going to choose Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series. She is one of my favourite fictional characters ever. I feel a really strong connection to her as a character and she is just really awesome and kick-ass and I love her.

6) Fairy/Fae
I don’t have a favourite fairy/fae person thing but I have a favourite book that incorporates them. The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten series by Julie Kagawa has fae in it and it is a fantastic series. I really enjoyed reading it and learning about the Fae. It was a really interesting book.

7) Demon
Well my favourite demon at the moment is SPOILER ALERT Dean Winchester but alas he is not in a book series. Because of that my favourite demon would probably be no one. I don’t have one. I have a favourite series again though. The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare has demons in it and it is an incredible series.

8) Angel
My favourite angel is Ithuriel (don’t know if I spelt that right) from the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. I have not read of that many angels so the pool of choice is quite small.

9) Alien
Again, haven’t read many books with aliens in them. I would say Dee from the Lux series by Jennifer L, Armentrout. I have yet to finish this series but from the books I did read I very much liked Dee. She was fun and enjoyable to read about.

10) Superpowered human
Liam from the Darkest Minds series by Alexandra Bracken. He is a really sweet person with awesome powers that, too be honest, I would love to have. I really liked Liam and I haven’t read about that many other superpowered humans.

11) Favourite creature not on this list
Alright this wasn’t in the original video but I am going to add this question in cause I think it’s a cool edition. My favourite creature not on this list is either Buckbeak the Hippogriff or Dobby the House Elf. I love both of these creatures and had to create this question so I could include them.

Alright that is it for the Creatures of the Night book tag. I am nearly finished Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick so I should have a booktalk soon. I tag:
Bookishrebels
UnravelingPages
Have fun guys!

Signing off, Charlie.

Booktalk with Charlie – Blood of Olympus

Hi there,
So on Tuesday the fifth and final book in the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan was released. I got it on Wednesday and finished it on Friday. I loved it so much and I am so upset that the story is now over. This is my booktalk on BoO and like my other booktalks this will split into spoiler and non-spoiler section.

Non-spoiler:
Blood of Olympus is the last book in the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan and is the sequel series to Percy Jackson and the Olympians. You have to have read the PJO series before you start HoO. I don’t have booktalks for any other the others in these series but I highly recommend them to anyone and everyone. They are suitable for people of all ages really and are one of the best things I have ever read. So if you haven’t read it already, go right now and pick up the series. You will not be sorry.

Spoiler: 
Alright so BoO starts with a Jason chapter which I thought was perfect because the series started with a Jason chapter. The perspectives were done really well and I loved getting to read about Reyna and Nico because we didn’t know that much about Reyna and to be honest not a lot about Nico either. I was disappointed that we didn’t get to read from Percy, Annabeth, Hazel or Frank because that meant we didn’t see anything about their relationships. I thought it was clever though that apart from Reyna and Nico the perspectives are all from those who were in the first book.
Jason’s chapter just jumped right into the action and I loved meeting all the dead guys and learning more about Greek and Roman history. When Jason’s Mum showed up I was so confused and then just felt really bad for him. When he got stabbed I actually thought he was going to die. I thought “this is it. This is the first of many deaths to come”.
Reyna’s first chapter was really interesting as it was the only incite we had had into her life in the whole series. Her chapters got more and more intriguing as the story went on especially when she met up with Hylla and we learned about her father and her destructive past. It made me further understand her story and the reason she and Hylla were as close as they were. I was really upset when the giant came and killed Phoebe and Kenzie. I actually liked them and Phoebe had been in it for so long, she was even in PJO.
I loved when Annabeth and Piper had a section together and they went to steal the heart. Seeing them work together as a team was awesome as we haven’t actually seen that much Annabeth/Piper in the series. Having seen what Annabeth experienced in Tartarus I cannot imagine how much pain she must have been in to feel that fear again in that chapter.
The chapters were Leo and co. went to get the physicians curse were so much fun to read! I loved the idiot mode that he set, it was so funny to read. But then I knew he was up to something with the cure especially when he put it into Festus’s head or something. I actually thought he was doing that to revive Festus and thats why he gave Piper a fake cure and kept the real one for himself.
The ending was, of course, the most magnificent part of the book. I loved seeing the God’s and demigods work together to defeat them. It was so funny when Percy was complaining that he woke Gaia just because of a tiny nose bleed.
I hated having to see Octavian again and his death was so horrific I hate just thinking about it for too long. I loved Nico and Will together and I so believe they become a thing. He was so sweet with Nico and it was adorable to see.
At the end when Leo “died” and Hazel and Nico even confirmed it I cried but I still didn’t believe it. I just kept thinking “no. Leo is not dead. He is going to Calypso. He is.”.
I loved all the happy endings and Nico telling Percy about the crush he had on him was the funniest thing. And then Annabeth just high fived Nico. It was such a good part of the book. Percy and Annabeth got their happy ending, so did Piper and Jason, Hazel and Frank and Nico and Will. So that just left Leo.
When he woke up on Festus I was so happy I thought I would cry again. And then he found Calypso and it was the most beautiful ending a book has ever had. I like to think that Leo and Calypso made it back to see his friends and they all lived together, but for now it’s enough that they’re together.
I seriously loved BoO. I think it might be my favourite book in the series. I was just so good and so adorable and Argh! I hope you all loved it as much as I did.

Signing off, Charlie.

TMI tag – book blogger edition

Hi there,
So I saw on Jessiethereaders youtube channel a video that was the TMI tag but for book vloggers and bloggers. I decided to do this tag and I will link his down below. Okay lets jump right in.

1) What fictional character has the best style?
I would say Tessa Grey from the Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare. I adore all the clothes she wears.

2)Your book girlfriend/boyfriend/ fictional crush?
Either Jace Herondale or Tobias Eaten.

3)Ever loved a character but than started hating them?
Jonas’ dad from the Giver by Lois Lowry after he “released” that baby.

4)Biggest/Longest book on your shelf?
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K.Rowling.

5)Heaviest book on your shelf?
The complete Grimm fairy tales collection.

6)Do you have any book posters?
Yes the picture that came at the back of City of Heavenly Fire I use as a poster.

7)Do you have any book themed jewelry?
I have a Deathly Hallows necklace, a Dumbledore’s Army necklace and a Time Turner.

8)Book OTP?
Romione, Percabeth, Clace, Sizzy, Wessa, Fourtris.

9)Favorite book series?
I have so many! It’s impossible to choose just one.

10)Favorite Book-to-movie soundtrack?
The soundtrack for the Deathly Hallows part 2. The music was so incredible every time I hear it I think I’m having a heart attack.

11)A book story you miss/ wish would continue?
The Harry Potter series by J.K.Rowling. We all want more.

12)Favorite stand-alone?
I have tonnes of these too!! Probably either The Fault in our Stars by John Green, Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher or The Storyteller by Jodi Piccoult.

13)Since when did you read books?
I properly started reading when I was twelve and read the Harry Potter series for the first time but before that I read the Dear Dumb Diary series by Tim Benton and really loved that.

14)Which Hogwarts house are you in?
Gryffindor, duh

15)Quality you look for in a book?
Good plot, characters I can connect with

16)Favorite book quote
“Fear doesn’t shut you down it wakes you up,” – Tobias Eaten, Divergent.

17)Favorite author?
I have loads, there is no way I could pick one.

18)Favorite book cover?
I love the Divergent UK edition covers, The Infernal Devices covers, the Throne of Glass covers and the cover for Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake.

19)Action or Romance?
Action. I love a good romance but action is where my love truly lies.

20)Where do you go when a sad moment happens?
I usually just stay where I am and cry. I generally read on my bed so it’s not an issue to just stay there.

21)How long do you need to finish a book?
Depends on how long the book is and how invested I am in the story.

22)How long is your mourning period?
Again it depends. For Allegiant it was months. I struggled to pick up another book. But for others it’s only a couple of days.

23)Least favourite Book?
I don’t really have a least favourite book but I really didn’t enjoy The Maze Runner by James Dashner. I mean no disrespect to him or his readers and I am sorry if this is your favourite book, but the series just isn’t for me.

24)Turn on in a character?
Being really sweet.

25)Turn off in a character?
Being evil probably.

26)Reason I started blogging?
I really love books and fandoms in general so I just really wanted to start one. I have a passion for reading and for writing so blogging just seemed perfect.

27)Name a scary book?
I don’t really read scary books but I suppose Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. It was pretty creepy.

28)Last book that made you cry?
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken.

29)Last book that you gave 5 stars?
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken.

30)Any favorite book titles?
Not really I like different ones for different reasons.

31)Last book you read?
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken.

32)Book you’re currently reading?
Nothing, I’m waiting to buy Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan tomorrow.

33)Last book adaptation you watched?
The Maze Runner.

34)A book character you always wanted to talk to?
Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series. I always felt a really strong connection to her and I would love to just talk to her for hours.

35)An author you always wanted to talk to?
J.K.Rowling. The Harry Potter series is what got me into reading like I read now and I would love to say thank you for that.

36)Favorite Book snack?
I don’t eat while I read so nothing.

37)Book world you want to live in?
The Wizarding World in Harry Potter. Hogwarts baby!

38)Book world you DON’T want to live in?
Panem from the Hunger Games. That does not sound like fun.

39)Last time you smelled a book?
Today.

40)Weird insults used in books?
I can’t think of any right now.

41)Favorite romance book?
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell.

42)Do you write?
Not as much as I should.

43)Favorite magical item?
A wand, obviously.

44)Your quidditch position?
Chaser.

45)Name a song you connect to a book
I see fire by Ed Sheeran I connect to The Hobbit.

46)Favorite book related chat up line?
We’re my OTP.

47)Have you ever used it?
No because I’m not that weird.

48)Favorite book fandom?
The Harry Potter fandom. I love the mutual hatred we all have for Umbridge.

49)How many books do you own?
Around 106 I think.

50)Who do you tag?
I tag bookishrebels and pagesunraveled.

Signing off, Charlie.

Jesse’s video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWN0LDOIMRA

Booktalk with Charlie – The Darkest Minds

Hi there,
I just finished the Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken and I fell in love with it. This is going to be my booktalk on it and hopefully I will also have a Blood of Olympus booktalk for you soon because that comes out tomorrow, ah! I am really excited. Anyway onto today’s post.Like all my other booktalks this will be split into spoiler section and non-spoiler section.

Non-spoiler:
The Darkest Minds is set in the present day when a deadly disease has swept across America, affecting adolescents. A lot of youths die from this but others get special abilities that can be deadly. All the remaining youths are put into “rehabilitation” units that are actually like the concentration camps that Hitler sent those he deemed “not pure” into. This book was so fun and fast-paced and I would highly recommend it to anyone. Alexandra Bracken’s writing is amazing and is easy to understand yet strangely philosophical at the same time. I highly recommend this book to anyone of basically any age. It is perfect for people who don’t read much or don’t like reading because it is so easy to get pulled into the incredible world. I. Highly. Recommend. It.

Spoiler:
The Darkest Minds starts with Ruby hearing the white noise and her crumbling to the ground. It then flashes through parts of her life in the camp and when the first girl died. We see the boy get off the bus and tell the woman to shoot herself. I thought he would appear more in the story but he never did and that kind of disappointed me because I thought his being in the story would be more than  just to introduce the idea of oranges into Ruby’s mind. When Sam stood up for Ruby and she was talking about the form of punishment sentenced to a repeat offender, we never actually learned what that was. I was really interested in that and I hated not getting to know (although knowing might have made me feel ill). When she erased herself from Sam’s memory tears came to my eyes and I don’t think the first book in a series has ever done that before in the first few chapters. I could physically feel the intense pain that Ruby was feeling.
I cried again when the girls were in their cabin and where telling stories to each other. The idea that they had one thing, just one, to help them keep going, and that that thing was stories, was too much. There are certain moments in books I just cannot handle and this was one of them.
Then we met Cate. I actually liked Cate at first which I feel really guilty about know. She seemed sweet and like she actually cared about Ruby. I never, however, trusted Rob. On first glance he just seemed shady and really unkind. Ruby’s dive into his melon only enforced this idea. When she ran away though I did think it was a really stupid thing to do. I thought the Children’s League would help them despite the distrust I had in Rob. She met Suzume though who I absolutely fell in love with almost immediately. I also fell in love with Liam immediately. Chubs took a little warming up to come around to properly.
Liam is one of the sweetest male characters I have ever read and I feel like the YA genre really lacks that at the moment. Male characters are always the “bad boy” type and start off being horrible to the protagonist before they fall in love through something. It was refreshing to read a character who didn’t fit into that box. Chub’s I started to love after a while when I realised that he really did care about his friends and that’s why he wanted Ruby gone. The second attack they had was the most intense and I felt so proud of Ruby for managing to fight back after the white noise had been set off. It was then that I realised the strength that Zu had and what she was actually capable of. Her powers actually seemed awesome to me and I think I’d have hers or the power of the blues over oranges. I don’t even want to know what Red’s can do.
Zu’s dream frightened me so much. The shots, the riot, only 20 kids getting out. The Darkest Mind’s is really special, in that it made me feel such intense emotions, enough to cry, even when character deaths weren’t there.
When we met Greg and whoever else I actually thought they would be new characters added to the story. But no. We were finding the Slip Kid. I hated him the moment I met him. I new that stupid Clancy Grey was going to cause some problems between Lee and Ruby. And oh boy did he. I hated East River I really did. In new Grey was up to something. Zu found new friends, which I hated, and Chubs didn’t fit in, which I hated more. When Chub’s told Ruby that East River was basically Thurmond I really started to see it, I did. Lee and Ruby barely saw each other cause she spent every minute of every day with Clancy Grey. I hate him so much I actually forgot his name. I had to google it just a minute ago.
Then Zu left. It hurt me so much especially when she told Ruby to come find her because I knew that would be tough to accomplish. And then I had to find out Clancy Grey pushed them out so Ruby would only spend time with HIM! When he froze Ruby in place and hurt her I felt so much anger I thought I might crush the book. But Liam found out and it was my heart that got crushed instead. When he was being hit again and again and again it was all I could do not to scream along with Ruby. I hated him so much in that moment, I didn’t think I could hate him more. But I was wrong.
He led the PSF’s right to them, right to the camp where all the kids could be slaughtered. He trapped Ruby and left everyone else just to die. Chub’s tragged her under the pier and I honestly thought Lee would be there waiting. But her wasn’t. I thought that we wouldn’t seem him again. But we did.
When Lee appeared again the wave of joy I felt seemed to completely knock me over. I was so happy he was safe. They went to find Jack’s dad and I thought it would go well, I really did. I was wrong again.
When Chub’s got shot my heart dropped right to my stomach. I just began to cry again. Then Ruby had to press the stupid panic button and I knew that that was it. That was the end of the trio.
They came and then the worst thing possible happened. Ruby made a deal to release Lee but keep her with the Children’s League. But that wasn’t enough. She erased herself from his memory and when he looked at her and had no idea who she was I never thought I’d stop crying. The ending broke my heart into a million pieces, I think it was possibly even worse than if it was a death because the shattering implications of that one action will take forever to reverse or at least attempt to fix. I hang on to the thread of hope that I still weave tirelessly that Lee will find Zu and she’ll set him straight and he’ll remember. He has too.
I absolutely loved TDM and cannot wait to continue with the series. I’ve become so invested in the characters lives and I have to know what happens next. I can’t wait to read Never Fade. Alexandra Bracken you are a god.

Signing off, Charlie

The social media book tag

Hi there,
I know this is my second post today but I just realised that I was tagged to do this tag. I was tagged by bookishrebels and I will link her video down below. Okay lets get started.

1) Twitter: Favourite short book:
The Giver by Lois Lowry. This book has just 223 pages but in that short time I fell in love with the concept and the characters. I don’t read a lot of short books so this is one of a handful of options and is definitely the best.

2) Facebook: A book everyone pressured you too read:
I have never actually been pressured into reading a book. I always just read what I want to read and ignore everyone else basically.

3) Tumblr: A book you read before it was cool:
The Fault in our Stars by John Green. At the time I read this it wasn’t that well known. It became more popular around the time of the film release and I had read it way before then.

4) Myspace: A book you don’t remember whether you liked it or not:
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K.Rowling. I read it so long ago that I no longer remember my feelings towards it. Also the movie wasn’t fantastic and my friends tell me it wasn’t good so my opinion has kind of been swallowed up and lost.

5) Instagram: A book that was so good you had to instagram it:
I don’t actually have instagram.

6) Youtube: A book you wish could be turned into a movie:
Any Rainbow Rowell book or Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. Rainbow Rowell’s books are all so amazing and would make incredible films and Anna Dressed in Blood would be so much fun to watch. I think it would be done really well and would be really popular with a wide variety of people.

7) Goodreads: A book you would recommend to everyone:
The Storyteller by Jodi Piccoult. I don’t even need to say anything, just go and read it seriously.

8) Skype: A book with characters you wish you could talk to instead of just reading about them:
The characters from the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth. I love all the characters in this series and would love to have a massive conversation with them.

So that is it for the social media book tag. I tag anyone who wants to do this tag.

Signing off, Charlie.

Bookishrebels post: http://bookishrebels.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/the-social-media-book-tag/

Fictional boyfriend tag

Hi there,
Sorry I haven’t posted anything in a while I have been super busy with life stuff. I am currently reading the Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken and hope to be  doing a booktalk soon. Today though I am going to being the fictional boyfriend tag, created by the RayKayBooks youtube channel. I’ll link it down below if you want to check that out. Okay lets just jump right in.

1) Most romantic boyfriend:
I would say Augustus Waters from The Fault in our Stars by John Green. The love he has for Hazel Grace is so beautiful and effortless that the romance in the story comes easily. The things he does for her such as using his wish to take her to Amsterdam, are so romantic and amazing. He is definitely the most romantic boyfriend.

2) Dark and moody bad boy with a good side:
Ethan Chase from The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten series by Julie Kagawa. Ethan is such a mysterious and dark character but he is actually really sweet and kind, especially to Kenzie. He is just so amazing.

3) Paranormal boyfriend:
I would have to pick Liam from the Darkest Minds series by Alexandra Bracken. I don’t even know if he counts but that is who I am picking. Liam has these cool paranormal-ish powers and alongside that he is super adorable and really loyal and caring for those he loves.

4) Boyfriend you want to tame:
I would say Cas Lowood from the Anna Dressed in Blood duo by Kendare Blake. He is such a rough character at first (being a ghost hunter and all) and I would really love to bring that down and get his sweeter more natural side out. Plus it would be really fun to have a boyfriend who hunts ghosts.

5) Boy you friend-zoned:
I would definitely friend zone Percy Jackson from the PJO and HoO series by Rick Riordan. I adore Percy I really do but I would friend zone him because he, quite clearly, is Annabeth’s. I would never break up and OTP like that, the crushing pain and guilt would be too much to bear. So sorry Percy but you belong with Annabeth.

6) Your soul mate:
I think my soul mate would be Will Herondale from the Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare. We could just sit indoors and read books to each other all day and then go out at night and kill some demons. Ah, that life would be great.

7) Boyfriend you want to elope with:
Tobias Eaten from the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth. Tobias is a character I have a great love for and I would definitely elope with him. He doesn’t seem like the type to want a big wedding (on account of not knowing many people) and I could deal with that if it meant we could elope in Disney World.

8) Boy you’d venture anywhere with:
Park from Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. Park is really sweet and I think he would enjoy seeing the world and I would love to go with him. I think it would be really amazing to be able to travel with Park and his incredible music collection.

9) Boy you’d be stranded on a desert island with:
Leo Valdez from the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan. Because, quite obviously, if I were stranded on a desert island with Leo he would fall in love with me and we would eventually ride off into the sunset sitting aboard Festus.

10) Most badass boyfriend:
Harry Potter from the Harry Potter series by J.K.Rowling. He beat the most powerful dark wizard off all time ages 1-17. That is pretty impressive stuff to be honest, I’m not sure I could have done it.

That is it for the fictional boyfriend tag. I tag the wonderful person that runs bookishrebels.wordpress.com and anyone else who wants to do this tag.
Here is the link to the original video if you want to check that out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNzwy3_OSBc&feature=youtu.be

Signing off, Charlie