In My Mailbox #9: Books, books and more books

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Welcome to In My Mailbox (IMM)IMM is a weekly meme created by Kristi @ The Story Siren which features books bought/received in the mail, borrowed from the library as well as other awesome book-related goodies in your mailbox.

March is nearly over! And with that, I thought I'd do a proper March (and a bit of February) haul post because seriously, I've never gotten so much bookmail in a month before.

The first book I got was an autographed proof copy of The Beneath by S. C. Ransom, the author of the Small Blue Thing trilogy which I really loved. I was lucky enough to win it in a draw on Twitter.

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It arrived in the mail on 27th February, and I was so excited to learn that it would later be released on my birthday (: It's a dystopian thriller about a girl in London who uncovers an underground labyrinth and a charismatic leader with an evil plan.

Then my birthday arrived and I got myself Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard the day before as an early present. There's been much hype over this dystopian fantasy since its release, and while it wasn't as fantastic as I'd been expecting it to be, I enjoyed it nonetheless.


A few days later a gargantuan parcel arrived for me and I was speechless to find that Lillie @ Bookraptured had mailed me books all the way from Germany as a birthday present!

I swear I would've done this if I had a Pegasus!
She sent one of her books which was Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini (because it's her favourite), and a copy of Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson (for our friendship). I have no idea how she managed to part with her copy of Starcrossed, but I do know that it'll be in good hands and I'll give it lots of love! You're the best, Lillie! ♥︎


And last but not least was a hardback of Ensnared by A. G. Howard, Book 3 in the Splintered trilogy. I guess that leaves me no excuses to start on this series! I won it over at Novel Heartbeat and I couldn't stop gawking at all the pretty. I took so many pictures it was hard to pick just one!


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What books did you get for March? I'd love to know!









Fantasy Favourites Read-a-thon: And That's A Wrap!

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It's the end of the Fantasy Favourites Read-a-thon! Before I leave this read-a-thon behind, I'll be answering some questions about the incredibly awesome time I've had and facing a final challenge to complete.


1. What was your page reading goal? How many pages did you end up reading?
I didn't have a page reading goal because I thought that would stress me out, but I ended up finishing all of the books that I wanted to read!

So let's see, there's Cinder (387 pages), Scarlet (an estimated 462 pages on Kindle), Wake (309 pages), Lullaby (290 pages), Tidal (342 pages) and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (249 pages). That makes a total of 2,039 pages!


2. What books did you read?
I read 6 books: Cinder and Scarlet by Marissa Meyer, Wake, Lullaby and Tidal in the Watersong Quartet by Amanda Hocking, and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling.

3. What book was your most/least favourite?
The book I enjoyed the most would've been Sorcerer's Stone if it hadn't been for Scarlet. I loved stepping into Hogwarts again with fresh eyes, but Marissa Meyer's retelling of Little Red Riding Hood blew me away completely with its sci-fi setting and amazing cast of characters. I can't stop swooning over Wolf and Scarlet. And I absolutely need more Cinder and Kai! The Lunar Chronicles is seriously the BEST stuff I've read so far this year.

As for my least favourite read, that would be a tie between Wake and Lullaby. Lots of draggy writing, lacklustre characters and a plot that really could've been better. It didn't help that I started on these after Scarlet.

4. What challenge did you find the hardest to do?
I thought it'd be casting characters, but that went better than I expected. The hardest challenge is actually the one you'll read about in this very post!

5. What challenge was the most fun to do?
Book photography (Day 1) and answering tricky questions (Day 6). I got to hang out with the camera (aka my best buddy) and think. Like, really think. I don't think a lot of us do that after reading a book, but it's something I feel that we should all do every once in a while. I had no idea I'd that much stuff to say until I sat down to write, which it was the most fun and frustrating feeling ever.

6. Did you make any new blogging friends?
Yes, I have! They were the best part about this read-a-thon. Here are the awesome book blogger friends I've made, and you should totally check out their blogs if you haven't yet!

Andreea @ Catsfika

And not forgetting our lovely hosts, Karolina and Inge @ Bookshelf Reflections as well as Olivia @ Olivia's Catastrophe! I knew Karolina and Inge before the read-a-thon, but not very well, and I'm glad I got to know them and Olivia better during the past week (:

7. What was your biggest reading distraction? How did you get over it?
Eating and sleeping. I am partially kidding, because I don't have school now and those are really kind of the only things that get in the way of reading during times like these XD I didn't really have a choice but to eat two times faster and do nothing about sleeping because I sleep like a log and can almost never wake up in the mornings!

8. What was your reading schedule? Were you a morning or evening reader? Week or weekend?
My reading schedule was sporadic, mostly in the mornings if I hadn't finished a book the day before. The day I started Wake was when I binge-read and finished 2 and a half books. That spanned a whole day and I got a headache at the end of it (totally worth it :P).

9. Are you and Hermione Granger still friends? Do you still want to keep hanging out after the read-a-thon is over or will you lock her away somewhere to maybe contact her again when the next read-a-thon comes around (if ever)?
I think we still are. Friends, I mean. I'll be seeing her off to Hogwarts till the next read-a-thon, though I'd love to have someone else over next time (maybe Nearly Headless Nick. I've never met a ghost before). It's a little tiring having to try and match up to Hermione's intellect!

10. Would you do this again?
Yes, a gazillion times over! (:

AN ALTERNATE ENDING


This is the hardest challenge I was talking about. The instructions were this:
We want you to take the book that broke your heart the most this week or the one whose ending you liked least or even a scene that you despised and re-write it. Yes, re-write it.
That is the hardest thing to ask of me, because the book I'd pick would be Wake and there were just so many unsatisfactory parts and under-developed characters in it that I may just end up re-writing the entire novel. Or in a crying heap on the floor (I can never finish writing a novel of any sort. All my drafts never saw the light of day). Either way, that would take about 10 years, so I'll be sitting this one out. Sorry ):

Nevertheless, I've had the most amazing experience for my first read-a-thon and it definitely won't be the last one. I'm so proud of myself and the other book bloggers who've gone through the challenges with me, and very grateful to Karolina, Inge and Olivia for putting a week of awesomeness together for us. Thank you so, so much!

As for you, thanks for sticking around (: I hope you'll swim by again! ♥︎




Fantasy Favourites Read-a-thon Day 6: It's All About The Tricky Ones

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Our hosts at Bookshelf Reflections and Olivia's Catastrophe have come up with a fabulous throng of questions based on some of the books we're reading this week! Some of them are really deep. I love deep questions, because they give insight to a person's innermost thoughts, what they value most and present perspectives that could be vastly different from yours.

READING UPDATE

I'm just one book away from completing my goals for the read-a-thon! Having read Cinder, Scarlet, Wake, Lullaby and Tidal, all that's left is Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone :D

Now time to get thinkin'.



Harry Potter


1. What house do you think you’d be in? What house would you be in if you could choose?
The Pottermore Sorting Hat placed me in Gryffindor, but I still would've chosen this house regardless. I'm not like super heroic or chivalrous, but I value courage immensely and it's been said that the Hat "tended to place students based on qualities they valued rather than qualities they exhibited". I have an awful temper, care a lot for others and am passionate about things I feel deeply for (read: emotional), but I do have a bit of a Slytherin streak. I'm rather ambitious, determined to achieve my dreams for the future. My self-preservation skills conflict with my caring-too-much thing which makes me come off as indecisive at times, or perhaps too detached (I especially don't open up to people whom I feel uncomfortable around and can appear as stand-offish). The weirdest thing is that I have as much capacity to be selfless as I can be selfish, depending on the circumstances.

(For those of you who're into astrology, it doesn't exactly help that I'm Piscean but my rising sign is Taurus. People who don't know me well see the Taurus most of the time.)

On a side note, I have thought about how nice it'd be to be in Hufflepuff. Queen Rowling makes a fantastic point in this interview snippet.


2. You stand in front of the mirror of Erised, which shows your greatest desire. What do you see?
I see myself doing what I love and loving what I do for my career. Hopefully that'll be photography or writing or being a professional mermaid. I'm surrounded by my parents who are safe and contented. My sister is a prima ballerina. I also have a circle of close friends whom I can finally trust.

3. What’s the first thing you would do with an Invisibility Cloak?
Hop on a plane ride to Paris and smuggle my sister under the Cloak. Alternatively, I'd be reeeaally curious and check out what the people I know do when they're alone (but of course nothing pervy like invading their washroom privacy!).

4. “The Stone will transform any metal into pure gold. It also produces the Elixir of Life, which will make the drinker immortal.” What would you do with the Philosopher’s Stone?
Make gold, sell the gold, and use the moolah for improving women and child rights, as well as alleviating poverty and disease-stricken areas. I'll also invest the money to ensure it keeps running, but not before making sure my family is well-taken care of and buying a mermaid tail for myself.

5. You’ve made enough Polyjuice Potion to turn into another person for an entire day. Who would you be and why? (For funsies, the person may be dead, alive, fictional, or real.)
I'd love to be Emma Watson while she was filming Prisoner of Azkaban or Order of the Phoenix. It must have been really cool (and challenging) to be a teen actress, especially in a Harry Potter film!

6. A Boggart turns into what they think is your biggest fear. What would your Boggart turn into?
Probably what Molly Weasley's Boggart had turned into: dead bodies of my family. If not, I think it'd be a whole bunch of creepy crawlies!

7. What would your Animagus be?
Something with wings. Maybe a crow, because they're rather intelligent and can be inconspicuous.

8. You just got access to a Pensieve and have all your memories and thoughts to access. What memory would you like to revisit?
I would like to revisit the first time my parents brought me to Tokyo Disneyland at the age of 5, specifically the moment we entered and saw Dopey. He's my favourite dwarf. The sad thing is that I can't remember the moment when I saw him and ran towards him for a hug... all I have left of our meeting is a photograph. I didn't get to see him again during my second trip to Tokyo Disneyland last year );

9. The Harry Potter universe deals with a lot of prejudice – prejudice against werewolves, inferiority of house elves, arresting and murdering Muggleborns. Hermione started S.P.E.W. (Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare) when she was 14 years old. What would your action plan against prejudice be (or are you fine with the way things are)?
I'm a feminist. I will never stop standing up for gender equality or stop trying to make people understand that women can be strong and independent, and that men can cry and be human. There's been a recent surge in media attention towards feminism, especially with Emma Watson's 'He For She' project, and I'm determined to ride that wave and do what I can to support feminism. Even if it's taking small steps like keeping my ears peeled for sexist remarks and standing up for either gender. Hopefully I'll be able to do even more in future.

10. Here’s an age-old question for you: good or evil? E.g. Would you join Voldemort because you revel in his power, or because you’re afraid of it? Would you stand down and fight Death Eaters, or hide and wait until it’s over? Please note that both sides have cookies, so that’s no valid reason to join the Dark Side.
I would fight and and do everything in my power to defend Hogwarts and my loved ones from Voldemort. There is no way in hell I would ever join the Death Eaters because harming others for the sake of a twisted, baseless prejudice is against my conscience. My self-preservation skills would most likely kick in during a battle, though, to avoid placing myself in a situation where I would be helpless — in other words, I would be far more willing to die for a loved one than for an acquaintance.


The Lunar Chronicles


1. Should you compensate your own happiness for the good of the people?
If I were not in a leadership position, it would depend on who these people are and if they're worth sacrificing anything for. And by worth sacrificing anything for, I mean if they've treated me and others around them decently and with kindness. But in the context of a leader, the answer would be hell yes because I have a duty to protect them. You can't leave people to drown when you could be their only chance at hope, and I would rather be unhappy and know I improved their lives than have everyone suffer because I chose to be selfish.

2. Should you really try to run away from your problems or face them?
Always face your problems, because only then will you be able to be true to yourself. Even if the problem doesn't get resolved the way you want it to, you still would have learnt something about yourself and others, as well as possibly reflect on how to avoid such a situation in future. Only when you face your problems can you find the courage to make a choice and change your fate. Running away just takes away your right to choose, and it will eat away at you day by day until you lose yourself to your tsunami of problems. Of course, make sure you've had enough time to think your course of action over before meeting your problem head-on. Rushing into it could have equally devastating effects as running away.

3. If someone close to you falls ill, and there is only one cure should you give it to them, or wait (endangering their life) till the cure can be replicated for others too?
A lot of my answer would depend on who 'others' are and if they're worth waiting to replicate the cure for. By worth waiting to replicate the cure for, I also mean what I said in #1: If they've treated me and others around them decently and with kindness. But I would most likely end up giving the cure to my loved one (though the only way to make me wait to replicate the cure would be to have multiple loved ones falling ill... I did NOT just tell you that).

4. In a relationship, does status matter?
"It's true that money is not the most important thing in life, but money does affect everything that is important in life." — Robert Kiyosaki, American investor and businessman
My dad summarised it to money isn't everything, but everything needs money. Essentially, while it means that there is more to life than just money, almost everything needs money nowadays — phone bills, water and electricity, food, just everything. Without money, you can't really go far. Some people even equate money to happiness, but let's not go there.

I want to modify that phrase a little to this: Status isn't everything, but (almost) everything needs status. 

What does status mean here? Let's take it to mean social standing i.e. how people view you, the amount of power you have in society and not just literally money. My country is big on meritocracy, so I'll base my opinions on that.

Let's say there were two people: A and B. A was born with a Level 0 social standing, but worked his ass off and achieved a Level 1 social standing. B was born with a Level 1 social standing, and worked his ass off to achieve a Level 2 social standing.

Now let's bring C and D into the picture. C was born with a Level 0 social standing, and lazed away and stayed at Level 0 (or perhaps even achieved -1) social standing. D was born with a Level 1 social standing, but lazed away and achieved a Level 0 social standing.

What I'm trying to say here is that strength of character > status. It is undeniable that status does open doors for you like it did for B, who worked hard and got to Level 2. But it is strength of character that really depends on whether you seize your opportunity or throw it away.

As for being in a relationship, strength of character definitely wins out. Ideally, I'd definitely pick B over A. But if B didn't exist, I'd pick A over C or D any day, because why the heck would I want a relationship with someone who is lazy doesn't work hard for himself?

I may have gone full circle and you might be thinking so really, what you're saying is that status doesn't actually matter in a relationship, right?

Nope, not really. Prejudice is prevalent in this world, and people usually don't bat an eyelid at you if you don't have money or qualifications. Let's say you wanted to do something about prejudice against the disabled. If you have social standing, GREAT. That will help you secure opportunities to do something about the issue. But unless you have strength of character, your status will probably go down the drain because you'd either piss people off or make a fool out of yourself. Without status, nobody will probably hear you out on your passion for helping the disabled. With strength of character, you have a better chance of changing the way others look at you, and then your social standing, and then do something for the disabled. Even better if you have social standing to go with your wonderful character; you'd have a lot more opportunities coming your way, including finding someone special who loves you for your character and what you do. So what I'm saying here is that while I definitely wouldn't say no to status, strength of character matters to me a whole lot more.

5. Is world peace worth compensating independence?
I don't know about you, but I'd be at war with myself every single second of my life if I gave up my independence. Does that count as peace? I think not. I'd rather fight for my independence and lose, knowing that I did my best rather than not fighting for it at all.

6. Does your race/family history affect your personality and who you are?
Yes, it definitely does. I am Chinese Singaporean, and that means I like char kway teow, satay, fried bee hoon and chilli crab. Chinese New Year is biiiiig, but not as big as in China where they get like, 15 days of holiday or something (we get only 3 days here). Knowing that my great-grandfather didn't have a lot of status back then in China makes me all the more prouder that my grandfather and father have each achieved more success than the other consecutively. If my grandfather had not migrated to Singapore in the 1930s, I would have been born in China instead of Singapore, and that makes a hella difference who I am because of the environment I grew up in.

7. If you had a super power, should you use it?
That very much depends on what the super power is and how you use it to benefit others around you. If I could breathe underwater, I'd do it every day and maybe save the occasional person from drowning. If my super power were invisibility I'd counter-rob the robbers and give the stuff back to the owners (if I were capable of tracking down the robber in the first place). But if my super power would be to zap people with lightning every time I touch them, the best way I know to benefit others would be to hole myself up like a hermit and not use my super power until I learn to control it.

8. Is love worth risking everything for?
Yes, as long as you don't hurt anyone else – especially yourself – in the process. And if there's like a war or something preventing you two from getting together, please devise a plan to stop the war first if you have the ability to. No point diving into love and getting killed anyway.

9. Is lying to someone for their own safety acceptable?
If you know the person would not listen to you at all and end up getting themselves killed, then yes, it is acceptable to lie. Just make sure not to let that person find out that you lied to them. But if the person were open to discussing and working out a compromise, then there would be no use or need for lying, because it would hurt the other party and create misunderstandings between the two of you. Personally, if I were lied to, I'd be hopping mad but try to understand where the person was coming from and how lying to me had managed to protect me.

10. Should marriage depend solely on love but also other factors?
A marriage devoid of love should never happen, in my opinion. But compatibility and passion matter too. It's useless having a whirlwind romance and marrying, only to divorce each other because they can't stand animal fur and you can't live without dogs.


... that actually sapped quite a bit out of me. If you read all that, you get a kelpcake and this awesome parody of Uptown Funk — Voldemort style! <3





Fantasy Favourites Read-a-thon Day 4: Dating Profiles


Would you like to date a someone from a book? If so, you wandering sea stars have found the right grotto! I mean, what could possibly be better than a relationship with a fictional character?


(SIGN ME UP PLEASE I NEED A BOOK BOYFRIEND)

But first! The reading update.


READING UPDATE

I'm 180 pages through Wake by Amanda Hocking and this reread is lacklustre. I think I've been ruined by Marissa Meyer's stellar writing, plot and characters in Cinder and Scarlet! Amanda Hocking truly pales in comparison. I'm hoping Lullaby (Book 2) will be better when I eventually start on it.


THE DATING PROFILE CHALLENGE



Okay, here's the deal: I come up with three different dating profiles based on the characters of a book I've read for this read-a-thon, and you lovely sea stars have to guess (I think these should be easy enough; I had a lot of fun coming up with them). Also, tell me which one you would date! ;)

THE BEAUTIFUL ONE

“Don't trifle with me.”

Age: Is this supposed to be an insult?
Gender: Female
Relationship Status: Go ahead, impress me. But I have my eyes set on my target... and a kingdom.
Children: If you have children from another marriage, save it. They'll be as dead as my 3-year-old niece was in a heartbeat.
Fitness/Body Type: I am beautiful. I am perfect beyond reason. You adore me. You need me. You love me.
Education: The best on the planet.
Income: I own an entire planet, but I'll rule the universe soon.
Occupation: Royalty
Likes: Manipulating minds, thoughts and bodies. Getting my way. Glamouring. Looking beautiful. Violence. Power. Control. Domination.
Dislikes: Shells. Earthens. Mirrors and cameras. Creatures who refuse to meet my perfectly reasonable demands. Weak people.
Looking for: A crown prince with a kingdom for me to oppress and wage war upon.

THE WARRIOR BODYGUARD

“I'll protect you.”

Age: 23
Gender: Male
Relationship Status: Single, alone, solo. You get what I mean.
Children: I don't know. Now certainly isn't a good time to think about them.
Fitness/Body Type: Muscular and fit
Education: Not much, my parents couldn't afford it.
Income: Enough to survive.
Occupation: I fight for money.
Likes: Bravery, control, loyalty, trust, tomatoes.
Dislikes: Losing control, being conflicted, being animalistic.
Looking for: Someone loyal, compassionate and kind. And who also grows the best tomatoes.

ADONIS

“It was my irresistible charm that convinced you, wasn't it?”

Age: 20
Gender: Male
Relationship Status: Single and ready to mingle :D
Children: None, it's my time to shine!
Fitness/Body Type: Young, fit and muscular.
Education: Does this actually matter??
Income: I have my... ways.
Occupation: Captain of a very fine ship, if I may say so!
Likes: "Borrowing" things, expensive and valuable stuff, cleanliness, impressing girls, talking about myself, being on the news, being called handsome, being famous ;)
Dislikes: Being ignored, having my ship insulted, going to jail, unsanitary conditions
Looking for: I'm not asking for much — just a beautiful lady who adores every bit of wonderful me and my very fine ship.

Let the guessing begin!




Fantasy Favourites Read-a-thon Day 3: Casting Challenge

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Today's challenge is casting characters! As mentioned yesterday in my playlist post, I don't really match songs to books, and so the same goes for actors and characters as well. I imagine it will take a while for me to find the 'perfect' pictures for my cast...

READING UPDATE

I've finished Cinder and Scarlet now, so I'll be starting on Wake by Amanda Hocking today. I hope this reread will be as positive as Cinder.

CASTING CHALLENGE

Having just finished Scarlet, I shall attempt to find pictures for the main cast: Scarlet, Wolf, Cinder, Kai, and Captain Thorne. I'll admit, this list is kind of daunting, so I'll be following Marissa Meyer's list of character traits as closely as I can.

Disclaimer (if it can really be called a disclaimer): This isn't really a movie casting per se, but how I see the characters in my head based on the photo itself. So I could be picking a younger photo of an actor who's like 50 years old as of now.

Scarlet Benoit — Karen Dillan


I can't believe this Scottish lass is 27! She could absolutely pass for 18-year-old Scarlet with a shotgun and red hoodie. Plus I love her hair. All we need to do is curl it like Scarlet's.

Wolf — Alejo Sauras


I will not apologise for this smouldering picture. His hair and jawline totally give off that wolfish vibe. This Spanish actor is like 37 years old now, so this is definitely from his younger days. I scanned Google for green-eyed actors and only this picture fit what I was looking for.

Linh Cinder — Chloe Bennet


I FINALLY FOUND A GOOD PIC OF HER IN A PONYTAIL. She's half Chinese, half American, and I love her acting in Agents of Shield! Her character, Skye, is tomboyish like Cinder and I can imagine her getting all greasy and dirty as a mechanic.

Prince (now Emperor) Kai — Kim Soo Hyun

 

Tried to find a colour version of this photo but couldn't. At least his hair is rather on point! Kim Soo Hyun has this crisp look about him, perfect for Kai. He even played a crown prince (and eventually an emperor) in Moon Embracing The Sun, one of my favourite Korean historical dramas!

"Captain" Carswell Thorne — Chace Crawford


This character was the easiest to cast. Chace Crawford totally has the flirtatious smile and raised eyebrows that Meyer talks about!

Queen Levana — Rebecca Mader/Charlize Theron

     

It's a close tie between these two. Rebecca was brilliant as the Wicked Witch of the West in OUAT, while Charlize was a spectacular Evil Queen in Snow White and the Huntsman. Who do you think could be Queen Levana?

OKAY SCRAP THAT CHARLIZE WINS WITH THIS MAGAZINE SHOOT













Fantasy Favourites Read-a-thon Day 2: Playlist!


I'm still a post late but will try to catch up! Day Two is all about the music. Funnily enough, while I'm extremely reliant on my iTunes library to fill in moments like taking public transport on the way to school, I don't actively associate certain songs with books or series I've read until someone else makes a link between book and song. Then I totally go


Yup. But let's get to the reading update first, shall we? *news music plays*

READING UPDATE

I finished Cinder while waiting for the doctor's. I've had TMJ, or lockjaw/jawlock, for 6 days in a row already and it's a complete seawitch. It doesn't hurt too much, but brushing my teeth, eating, yawning and laughing too hard are kinda problematic. Anyway, I am now 44% through with Scarlet on my Kindle. I really enjoyed Cinder a whole lot more this time than when I first read it, which made me go into one of my gurl what WERE you thinking back then?!?!? moments. Scarlet is pretty awesome so far. I'm loving Scarlet's fiery personality and the mystery of her grand-mère's whereabouts.

PLAYLIST

Like I said, I don't have an extensive book playlist (especially for like a series), so I'll be answering the challenge questions as straightforwardly as possible.

1. Pick a character and match a song to them.
I'm going with Arin from The Winner's Trilogy for this one — more specifically, the situation his character is in during the events of The Winner's Crime. I'll be cheating a little for this one and picking Florence + The Machine's cover of Drake's Take Care, because that's exactly what author Marie Rutkoski told me when I asked her!


I'm just gonna take a moment to say how I simply adore Florence + The Machine. Any FATM fans here? I love how Florence speaks like a bird but sings like a lion, and she's such a sweet person overall! You can skip to 0:41 to hear the cover immediately.

"I’ve asked about you and they told me things
But my mind didn’t change and I still feel the same"
...
"I’ll be there for you, I will care for you
I keep thinking you just don’t know
Trying to run from that, say you’re done with that
On your face girl, it just don’t show
When you’re ready, just say you’re ready
When all the baggage just ain’t as heavy
And the party's over, just don’t forget me
We’ll change the pace and we'll just go slow
You won’t ever have to worry,
You won’t ever have to hide"
I teared up at this part. The Winner's Crime is so much heartbreak and those of you who've read it will know EXACTLY what I'm referring to in Arin and Kestrel's relationship. I can almost hear Arin singing this to Kestrel. </3

2. Pick a scene and match a song to it.
The garden scene where Marco shows Celia his illusions in The Night Circus. Actually, pretty much any scene where the two illusionists are together and showing each other what they're capable of. I would pick Cosmic Love by — guess who again — Florence + The Machine, and no I totally did not steal this off Erin Morgenstern's playlist. This song is just magical, especially with the harp. Morgenstern calls it a "night-sky love song".

Fun fact: Florence Welch wrote this song with Isabella Summers in 10 minutes while on a hangover. How talented can a person get?!

"The stars, the moon, they have all been blown out
You left me in the dark
No dawn, no day, I'm always in this twilight
In the shadow of your heart
I took the stars from my eyes, and then I made a map
And knew that somehow I could find my way back
Then I heard your heart beating, you were in the darkness too
So I stayed in the darkness with you"
3. Pick a book and match a song to it.
Passion by Lauren Kate for Christina Perri's A Thousand Years. I still don't get why that song was written for the The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, because Edward only waited a mere 100 years for Bella. On the other fin, Daniel Grigori spent a freaking 6000 years (and more) loving and waiting for Lucinda Price.


4. Pick a song and describe a short scene you would like to see happen in the book you are currently reading to that song or inspired by that song.
Scarlet and Wolf are doing quite a bit of running in the book so far, and I foresee even more of that happening. Plus, the fact that they're French calls for a song en français, oui? I'll pick Je Cours (literally: I'm running) by Belgian singer Stromae for that. He's phenomenal.

You can read the translated lyrics here.

"Mais mes pensées courent et se surpassent
Sur la lune très peu veulent m'y voir
Et j'y retourne souvent pour qu'eux m'rejoignent"
("Even my thoughts are running, outdoing each other
Under the moon they have little desire to see me there
And I often return there so they will rejoin me")
I think the lyrics apply more for Wolf actually, because somehow he's like a werewolf to me so far XD Thus the moon reference and all that.

5. What song would you force Hermione to listen to on repeat as long as she's chained to you?
Popular Song by MIKA ft. Ariana Grande. It's a fun song, full of truth, and I absolutely love the music video (it's so Tim Burton even though he didn't direct it). Also, we've both been kind of unpopular at some point in school ;)

"And all that you have to do, is be true to you
That's all you ever need to know"
6. What song would Hermione make you listen to?
She just made me listen to Vivaldi's Four Seasons on repeat this afternoon. You know, it's great music for studying and just about anything in life. Not that I mind one bit — I grew up with classical music and am a huge fan! I love Spring and Autumn best.


7. What’s your and Hermione's song?
Team by Lorde. It's the lyrics, but I like the subtle hint/sound of hope in the song and how it's laid-back. And you know, being a team and all that, just like she and Ron and Harry are. I don't know how to describe it exactly, but the melody is sort of uplifting in a way.

"We live in cities you'll never see on screen
Not very pretty, but we sure know how to run things
Living in ruins of the palace within my dreams
And you know we're on each other's team
I'm kind of over getting told to throw my hands up in the air
So there"
Plus, the wizarding world is definitely a city that muggles will never see on screen! ;)




 

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