Crown of Feathers Book Tag

 

So I’m on this Street Team with massively talented people, and thanks to them, I can do fun stuff like this because they’re awesome and make these things.

This time I’m basking in the glory of Hollibrarybooks and their creation of this tag!

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Hey everyone! I’m continuing to branch out with trying new things on the blog, and since Nicki Pau Preto’s Heart of Flames releases in exactly four weeks I wanted to celebrate! And by celebrate, I mean I wanted to do something fun, and different than anything I’ve done before. And so, behold: a Crown of Feathers themed book tag!

Feel free to participate in the tag, whether you’re tagged by someone or not. Everyone is welcome! I’d love to see everyone’s responses, so please link back to my blog in your post. If you don’t have a blog, feel free to do it on Twitter or Instagram. You can use #COFBookTag, or tag me in your posts (I’m @wordsbyholly on Twitter, and @hollibrarybooks on Instagram).

Intrigued by this book Crown of Feathers? Here’s my review of it and expect the review for the impending book 2, Heart of Flames within the next couple of weeks as this sequel releases on February 11!!

Preorder Campaign Info!
If you preorder Heart of Flames you can send in your receipt to Nicki and get some awesome swag. A Woodmark and 2x Character Cards!
Because Nicki is amazing, she’s also done a gift if you’re new to the series and you’ve bought Crown of Feathers paperback or hardback, you can get a double-sided map and art card.

UPDATE: The Purple Woodmarks are ALL GONE [Already?! Holy cow!]

Click this link for all the information and the form link

The Crown of Feathers Book Tag

1. The cover of Crown of Feathers is absolutely stunning. Pick a book whose cover you fell in love with at first sight.

La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust, #1)

2. In Crown of Feathers, Veronyka bonds with a phoenix named Xephyra. Pick an animal from a book that you would love to have by your side.

Faithful
The Song of the Lioness series by Tamora Pierce
Faithful is a mysterious sort of cat—and is there any other kind? He might be a bored immortal, a constellation wandering around in a cat-suit, or a messenger from the Great Mother Goddess on a mission—not that these are mutually exclusive, by any means. Whatever he is, he assists Alanna in her quest to become a warrior. He appears as a black cat with violet eyes, and he’s had two incarnations that we know of. His other incarnation, as Pounce in the Provost’s Dog trilogy, helped Beka track down criminals in her work with the Provost’s Guard.

3. Veronyka and Val are sisters, but they have a rather tenuous relationship. Pick a book where the protagonist has a sibling(s)⁠—regardless of whether or not they get along!

Kingdom of Souls (Kingdom of Souls, #1)

4. To join the ranks of the Phoenix Riders, Veronyka has to disguise herself as a boy. Pick a book where a character disguises themselves.

Spin the Dawn (The Blood of Stars, #1)

5. Phoenixes play a large role in Crown of Feathers. Pick a book that features mythological creatures.

The Last Namsara (Iskari, #1)

6. Tristan excels as a Phoenix Rider and warrior, despite his fear of fire. Pick a character you’d like by your side in a battle.

Elisabeth, Nathaniel, or Silas would work lol

Sorcery of Thorns

7. Sev is a soldier, trying to escape the army. Pick a character who, no matter how tough they seem, is actually Soft™.

Ramson
Blood Heir (Blood Heir, #1)

8. In Crown of Feathers, each chapter begins with an epigraph, and you’ll also find letters and historical documents between chapters, too. Pick a book with expansive world-building and history.

The Priory of the Orange Tree

9. Val can be ruthless and does some particularly cruel things (no spoilers!). Pick a character who’s a bad b*tch—for better or for worse.

Angel Mage

 

Ahhh that was so much fun!

I tag any of my readers who wish to do this, I know that seems a cop-out but I’m okay with that.

November 2019 Fairyloot Unboxing!

Sit down my children, and let me tell you a story, a story of how Hermes shipping decided to play me the fool and make me want to flip tables.

My Fairyloot box was accidentally shipped to my old address, user error, but the people at Fairyloot were super nice and understanding, I explained I could probably get the box, but they said if not, no worries they would mail it to my new address when it got sent back to them, in the scenario that I couldn’t get to it.

Cool, no pressure.

I get the Hermes App so I can keep an eye on the package, it says ‘oh hey, we’re going to try and deliver this on Saturday’ and I’m like ‘yaaas this is great because I’ll already be around my old address then for family things. Perfect.’

Hermes: Okay we’re gonna deliver this between 10-2.

Me: Cool, okay I’m ready.

Hermes: Oh okay make that between 12-2.

Me: Still not a problem! I’ve set my preference to leave it on the ‘porch’ so if I’m not there, that’ll work out.

Hermes: Oh yea we got that preference. We got you.

Me: Awesome, that’s a relief!

Hermes: *cackles*

Me: …Wha-what?

Hermes: We totally left it with your neighbour.

Me:…Wait, what?! Which one?!

Hermes: Idk, the one named Young.

Me: …I..I don’t know their names! It’s a complex, what’s their number?!

Hermes: Peace Out.

Me: Nooooooo

I then proceeded to knock on every single neighbour’s door asking if they had a black box for a Haley Flores at number 14. No one did, and then lo and behold, the last door we knocked on…

Me: Hi, did you get a package earlier today?

Neighbour: Yea, about half an hour ago, it was for number 11, I already gave it to them!

Me: oh…no. Well, do you know who Young is? They say my package went there.

Neighbour: Yea that’s me, but I didn’t get a package for number 14.

Me: hmm, maybe it was mislabeled…

I go to number 11, an elderly woman, and wait forever, we talk, she says she had the package but it was for her and she’s already opened it.

Guys. I was like ‘omg this old lady has stolen my Fairyloot box, what world is this?’ But I’m also like ‘well she’s opened it and it wasn’t a black box, it can’t be for me, but Hermes says that’s my package.’

I knock on the neighbour’s door one last time.

Me: I’m so sorry but what colour was the package?

Neighbour: Oh, it wasn’t really a package it was a large odd-shaped parcel.

Me: Ah, thank you…

We laugh about where in the world my package could be, thankfully the older woman did NOT rip me off and faith was restored in humanity and destroyed in Hermes.

I write this off as possibly being a loss if the tracking number was connected to the wrong package, well, who knew where the hell it could be and I told Fairyloot the odd update.

[Okay it was more like a couple of days later.]

 

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Ahahaha, WHAT?

Well, it seems they duplicated the tracking number, and in the end, they left it outside the door of my old place on the ‘porch’ as requested and I was able to pick it up yesterday on my Husband’s lunch break.

 

Now, onto the actual unboxing now that storytime is over!

This means…

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Okay, all cozy, let’s get this started

 

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So pretty…NOW GIMME THE MERCH

 

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Lani Taylor quoted Sleep mask, and omg it’s so soft! I don’t use these, but considering I’m going on a long flight, this is going on the plane with me, YAY FOR EYE PILLOWS AND COVERAGE.

 

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Ah…patch…very cute! But, I’m not a fan of patches, so, I’ve offered this up on Depop already, but, very cute!

 

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SPIN THE DAWN WOODMARK!! IT’S SO PRETTY And I love this book![But also so fragile feeling, so I’ve put it somewhere safe, but it is gorgeous]

 

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This was my favorite thing from the unboxing, it’s divided up into months and is SO HANDY and USEFUL. YAY!

 

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Of course, I’m a huge Potterhead, so, this is already on my Christmas tree and I adore this wooden ornament.

 

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I’ve never used a phone holder/ring so, I’m really excited to try this one out, but, I plan on using it AFTER I get back from holiday as I use a wallet case at the moment and it comes in handy for holding things lol.

 

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The Tarot cards are GORGEOUS and from ‘Stalking Jack the Ripper’ but…if you all read my review of it, you know I am not a fan, so, I’ve put these up on Depop too lol, but they are incredibly pretty!

 

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Could..could this be, a secret box?!

 

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IT IS! And guess who has put all her bookmarks in this already? That’s right. This Girl!

 

 

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Gorgeous, right? I am in love with this and plan on framing it I think…and now…

 

The book

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I admit I had not heard of this, it’s gorgeous though and has lovely black sprayed edges. I plan on joining in the Fairyloot read-along for this.

 

So there we have it, the saga of getting and unboxing my Fairyloot November 2019 Box

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BE Autumn -Study Group

Thanks to Meeghan for a really fun prompt, as she is today’s host for BE Autumn! The Featured Graphic is also by her!!

Thanks to Sam and Clo for putting together such a fun and awesome even as BookEnding and I am so happy to be participating in BE Autumn!!

Prompt Explanation: Fall is back to school and you need to organise a study group. Pick eight characters and discuss which subjects they bring their expertise to. (Note: You can pick any subjects, or number of subjects, you just need to tell us why each of the characters!)

 

Subject: Math
Character: Henri
Book: Angel Mage

This boy can almost sense if one coin has gone missing from a pile, not to mention just a glance at the pile and he’ll tell you how many are there and how many are missing if any. I need this in my life to help with math lol.

 

Subject: P.E./Gym
Character: Nona Grey
Book: Red Sister

I mean honestly….how could I not choose this mad skilled woman?? Nona is a boss when it comes to physical exertion and endurance, definitely need her help as just the thought of running makes me want to nap.

 

Subject: Computers/Tech
Character: Noam Álvaro
Book: The Fever King

He knows what to do with computers even before he becomes fever struck and able to have tech-amazing powers! So, good, he can help me pass this class for sure lol.

 

Subject: History
Character: Anne Lawrence
Book: The Necromancer’s Bride

Considering Anne is immortal, I feel she’ll have a lot to offer in a history study group. Do I need to stress the fact she’s immortal, lol?

 

Subject: Biology
Character: Lottie
Book: The Art of Taxidermy

Lottie’s fascination with dead things is pretty useful, she has dreams of being a taxidermist which means she’ snot squirmish with dissections…unlike me who forgot to turn in hw and refused to dissect a baby pig or turtle for extra credit to pass…so…I took the second half of biology again lol.

 

Subject: English
Character: Ken Z
Book: The Importance of Being Wilde at Heart

Ken is a devout lover of Oscar Wilde and has a knack for words, so I think he would be super fun to study with!

 

Subject: Fashion
Character: Maia Tamarin
Book: Spin the Dawn

I didn’t take fashion nor am I sure if it was offered in my HS, but I know it was offered at the school where I worked as a sub! So, here we go, Maia is perfect for this!


[This Child is adorable]

 

Subject: Lunch
Character: Ron Weasley
Book: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

…hey look, most of my subjects were music-based or I don’t really care about them, so, I’m picking lunch, damn it. And who better to join me than Ron Weasley? He and I would be the perfect eating duo.

 

Well, those are my subjects and characters, what about you all?

Spin the Dawn

I had to really take a moment after reading this, because I was so angry I have to wait for the next one, and I just died over the descriptions of pretty clothing. It’s my downfall and Lim delivered.

I also waited until today because I was late on reviewing my eARC and decided to wait to post here until it hit the one month anniversary of its release. [I also read and reviewed my own preorder so no disclosure needed this go]

So congrats to Spin the Dawn on having hit the shelves a month ago!

Let’s get this party started!!

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GoodReads:
Project Runway meets Mulan in this sweeping YA fantasy about a young girl who poses as a boy to compete for the role of imperial tailor and embarks on an impossible journey to sew three magic dresses, from the sun, the moon, and the stars.
Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the land, but as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well. When a royal messenger summons her ailing father, once a tailor of renown, to court, Maia poses as a boy and takes his place. She knows her life is forfeit if her secret is discovered, but she’ll take that risk to achieve her dream and save her family from ruin. There’s just one catch: Maia is one of twelve tailors vying for the job.
Backstabbing and lies run rampant as the tailors compete in challenges to prove their artistry and skill. Maia’s task is further complicated when she draws the attention of the court magician, Edan, whose piercing eyes seem to see straight through her disguise.
And nothing could have prepared her for the final challenge: to sew three magic gowns for the emperor’s reluctant bride-to-be, from the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of stars. With this impossible task before her, she embarks on a journey to the far reaches of the kingdom, seeking the sun, the moon, and the stars, and finding more than she ever could have imagined.
Steeped in Chinese culture, sizzling with forbidden romance, and shimmering with magic, this young adult fantasy is pitch-perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas or Renée Ahdieh.

 

My Review

With a beautiful start, this had my heart from the prologue. And I can’t help but want to completely and utterly root for Maia and contain so much faith for her! I enjoyed the story in its entirety but I really loved the scenes between Maia and Edan.

By the way, Edan is the cinnamon-est of cinnamon rolls, and I’ll fight anyone who argues this. [Not really, I suck at fights. I’d rather not but you all get the point]

The book is divided into parts and the first part deals with the ‘Project Runway meets Mulan’ vibe, and then it branches out after that and becomes a quest that is a perilous journey to try and deliver the ‘unobtainable’ to make the intended of the Emperor satisfied. [I have sympathy for her but I still dislike her lol]

The magical aspect was fun and really weaved in there, get it, weaved? Anyway, I thought it was all threaded together flawlessly. Okay, okay, I’m done with the puns. For now.

Being a sucker for pretty clothes, I loved the parts with the clothing best and those dresses though, if you haven’t read it, I won’t spoil it but man, I want to see those in real life!

Maia clearly loves her family and her ultimate goal for them and more importantly for herself has always been to become the greatest tailor in the land. When the opportunity arises, she only hesitates briefly before taking it in both hands and running with it.

So, what happens you no longer what your life long dream?

The struggle for Maia is genuine and I loved how Edan was so supportive, and I could go on and on about the two of them, but, I’ll try to contain myself.

Another thing I thought Lim just totally mastered were the landscape descriptions, I just wanted to close my eyes at times and imagine all the beautiful lands, she painted them out for you and I was completely engrossed in this world while reading.

If you’re looking for a magical fantasy with amazing landscapes, fun world-building, pretty clothes, determined tailors, and cinnamon rolls, well this book is for you.

Four cups of coffee from me!

I reviewed my own copy of this but I also read and reviewed the eARC as well, so: **I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion…so…Thanks for the free book, @PRHGlobal **

[TEAM MAIA&EDAN UNITE]