Alexandra’s Bookish Bucket Lists: The Warriors Saga

Warning: this blog is about to be spammed with a whole ton of Warriors content. In my defense: I’ve just realized that even after eleven years, I’m still unapologetically 100% trash for warrior cats. In case you have no flipping clue as to what the actual heck Warriors is – prepare to be enlightened.

Basically, Warriors is a long-spanning feline fantasy saga and it’s freaking phenomenal. Think The Lion King meets Watership Down – just with feral wild cats instead of lions and rabbits. The series is so atmospheric, rich with it’s own mythology and lore.

Which brings me to this post – allow me to introduce you to a brand spanking new blog series. Welcome to Alexandra’s Bookish Bucket Lists, a series where I rave about all the things I want to do in my favorite fictional worlds. In this episode, we’re entering the world of the clans and the forest territories of White Hart Woods.

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Review: Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin

Bound as one to love, honor, or burn.

40024139Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.

Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou’s, but a wicked stunt forces them into an impossible union—holy matrimony.

The war between witches and Church is an ancient one, and Lou’s most dangerous enemies bring a fate worse than fire. Unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, a choice must be made.

And love makes fools of us all

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The Woman’s History Book Tag

Who run the world? Girls!

Welcome back to my regular schedule – let’s just say that the past few weeks have been a wild time. Today, we’re getting back into the swing of things with an empowering and well over due book tag.

The lovely Belle from Belle Can Read tagged me for the Woman’s History Book Tag way-back-when in March. In true Reading By Starlight fashion, it’s taken me three months to complete. In my defense: I have a major back log of tags. But, thank you so much for the tag, Belle [and sorry it’s taken so long]! Belle’s blog is actually required reading and she even has a booktube account. Be sure to check out her videos because Belle’s channel is the kind of wholesome content we all need right about now.

Let’s get started!

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Mystery Blogger Award [Takes 2 & 3]

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The Mystery Blogger Award celebrates discovering new blogs and inspiring posts and isn’t that such a lovely idea?

In the creator’s own words; “The Mystery Blogger Award is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.”
– Okoto Enigma

This is my second take at the Mystery Blogger Award and I was lucky enough to be nominated by two lovely ladies – Jamie and Julie. These ladies have amazing blogs so please go and show them some love. You can find Jamie over at Bubbly Books and Julie at One Book More. Thank you so much for the nominations! 💙

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Review: Crave by Tracy Wolff

Take a bite.

45892228 My whole world changed when I stepped inside the academy. Nothing is right about this place or the other students in it. Here I am, a mere mortal among gods…or monsters. I still can’t decide which of these warring factions I belong to, if I belong at all. I only know the one thing that unites them is their hatred of me.

Then there’s Jaxon Vega. A vampire with deadly secrets who hasn’t felt anything for a hundred years. But there’s something about him that calls to me, something broken in him that somehow fits with what’s broken in me.

Which could spell death for us all.

Because Jaxon walled himself off for a reason. And now someone wants to wake a sleeping monster, and I’m wondering if I was brought here intentionally – as the bait. 

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Black Lives Matter

You may or may not have noticed that my usual content has been disrupted. Well, maybe disrupted isn’t the correct word, more that I’ve put my usual bookish content on hold in light of the current, escalating situation. Posting a book review or a light-hearted tag just didn’t sit right with me. Not when protests are taking palace all over the world. I needed to hit pause out of respect while I re-evaluated my thoughts and drafted my response.

The truth is, I have never been more disgusted, frustrated and disappointed by my race. If this revolution has taught me anything, it’s that nothing, nothing has changed during the past century. It’s 2020 and yet fear, racism, bigotry and hatred still poisons our society.

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Seasonal Depression & Stargazing: May 2020 Wrap-Up

So I’ve started seeing a pattern in my moods – and no, I’m not talking about general PMS. After spouting a lot of positive energy in my last wrap-up, I found myself slowly retreating into a bleak little cloud of anxiety. And that’s okay because we can’t win them all, right? Also, feeling overwhelmed is completely normal, given the current circumstances. I mean, can 2020 just not? At least for one month??? At this stage, I think we all deserve a freaking break.

But, as a blanket of fog settled over Melbourne and with it, the bitter chill of the southerly winds, I realized that I was stuck in exactly the same slump last year. Hello season depression! Maybe it’s the persistent rain beating against the panes? Maybe it’s the lack of vitamin D? Or, maybe it’s just that isolation has me going stir crazy? Whatever the cause, taking a page out of my own book, I made the best out of my bad situation and pulled through.

Here’s what I got up to this month…

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The Stuck at Home Book Tag

It’s been two months now of lock down in Australia and while we’re starting to see those restrictions ease, life is still far from normal. I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to feel a little stir-crazy…

19 Things People Who Went To A Big School Won't Understand

Just joking but not really.

So, while we’re still very much stuck inside, let’s think positive with the Stuck At Home Book Tag. This is a brand new tag created by the lovely Ellyn over at allonsythornraxx so be sure to give her post some love. Thank you so much for the tag, Ellyn! ❤

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Review: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy.

18284908It’s a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets to the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.

Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder – would they be better off staying in this place forever?

Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.

The first in a sweeping science fiction trilogy, These Broken Stars is a timeless love story about hope and survival in the face of unthinkable odds. 

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The Awesome Blogger Award [Take 2]

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Guess who’s back again for round two? That’s right, today I’ve been nominated by Daria for the Awesome Blogger Award. Yet again! I have to send a big virtual hug to Daria for the tag. Daria’s blog is full of wit, sass and plenty of GIFs. Her posts always brighten my day so I would really appreciate it if you could show her some love over at Bookaholic’s Therapy. Thanks again, Daria! ❤

The Awesome Blogger Award was originally created by Maggie from Dreaming of GuatemalaThis award celebrates “wonderful writers all across the blogging world”. It’s a nod to awesome bloggers alike – people whose blogs are beautiful and kind.

Now, on to Daria’s questions;

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