Air Awakens by Elise Kova

I received this book for free from The author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Air Awakens by Elise KovaAir Awakens by Elise Kova
Series: Air Awakens #1
Published by the author on August 27, 2015
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A library apprentice, a sorcerer prince, and an unbreakable magic bond...

The Solaris Empire is one conquest away from uniting the continent, and the rare elemental magic sleeping in seventeen-year-old library apprentice Vhalla Yarl could shift the tides of war.

Vhalla has always been taught to fear the Tower of Sorcerers, a mysterious magic society, and has been happy in her quiet world of books. But after she unknowingly saves the life of one of the most powerful sorcerers of them all—the Crown Prince Aldrik—she finds herself enticed into his world. Now she must decide her future: Embrace her sorcery and leave the life she’s known, or eradicate her magic and remain as she’s always been. And with powerful forces lurking in the shadows, Vhalla’s indecision could cost her more than she ever imagined.

I’ve seen a lot of buzz around Elise Kova’s Air Awakens series, and with that gorgeous cover, I couldn’t help but be intrigued. But after finishing it, I feel like I missed something.

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Transparent Phone Cases? They’re Happening

My favorite thing to procrastinate on while in uni? Basically everything besides schoolwork. It’s very clearly not the blog, because I haven’t updated it in some time.

But over the past semester, I managed to find another way product makes. And then I saw that I could do transparent iPhone 6 and 6S cases, and I got so flipping excited. I’m pretty sure the first thing that popped into my head was “YAS.” I am obsessed with transparent phone cases. I can only use one, and I already have a case, but that doesn’t stop me from scrolling though shops with all the pretty transparent cases. I love the trend so much, and I quickly looked for my Ari and Dante file, thanked God that I didn’t delete it, and worked to make it transparent.

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Riders by Veronica Rossi

Riders by Veronica Rossi Review

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Riders by Veronica Rossi
Series: Riders #1
Published by Tor Teen on February 16, 2016
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Nothing but death can keep eighteen-year-old Gideon Blake from achieving his goal of becoming a U.S. Army Ranger. As it turns out, it does.

While recovering from the accident that most definitely killed him, Gideon finds himself with strange new powers and a bizarre cuff he can’t remove. His death has brought to life his real destiny. He has become War, one of the legendary four horsemen of the apocalypse.

Over the coming weeks, he and the other horsemen—Conquest, Famine, and Death—are brought together by a beautiful but frustratingly secretive girl to help save humanity from an ancient evil on the emergence.

They fail.

Now—bound, bloodied, and drugged—Gideon is interrogated by the authorities about his role in a battle that has become an international incident. If he stands any chance of saving his friends and the girl he’s fallen for—not to mention all of humankind—he needs to convince the skeptical government officials the world is in imminent danger.

But will anyone believe him?

I had been eagerly awaiting Riders, so I was so happy to hear that I had won it from Veronica Rossi PH. Rossi’s concept of the Four Horsemen sounded so interesting to me, and I got started on it right away after getting it on my Kindle app.

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Plan What Now?

Change lettering

I was dreading my Microeconomics midterm, because no matter how much I studied, my brain still felt empty. It didn’t help that I had no clear idea how to study for it, and I was expecting not to do so well on it, but I didn’t expect to get half of the questions wrong for a 20-point test.

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Lettering Books from the Library

Last fall, I was poking around the library catalog and found absolutely no fiction (I found them later, though). But then I thought of lettering books, and after a lot of scouting around the library website and Goodreads, I managed to turn down all the flailing happiness and narrow things down from “GET EVERYTHING” to three books to borrow. And because they’re all gorgeous books, I took the opportunity to photograph them the first rare moment the sun decided to bless Shanghai.

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Goodbye, 2016’s February

Time really flies when you’re busy, because now February is ending, and then it’s going to be three more months until it’s the end of yet another semester. (And yes, midterms haven’t even started and I’m already obsessing over what to do for the summer.)

in one word: restart

I started out the semester with this goal of planning all my days so I could be able to make time for other things, such as blogging and reading. And that actually worked out on the first week, but fast forward to now, and I’m constantly trying to get myself to make time for all these other things I want to do. I want March to be the month where I make lettering and blogging a weekend thing.

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Lettering Process for All the Mysteries of the Universe Design

The whole reason why I went to letter the quote “I bet you could sometimes find all of the mysteries of the universe in someone’s hand,” was because I saw two people on Tumblr (whatlovelybooks and boneseasonofglass both have great blogs to check out) talking about how they wished there were merchandise for Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. I had never read it, but I wanted to challenge myself at the time, so I asked them what quote would they like.

I ended up fulfilling it about a month later, because ironically, my university work just cleared up the week before finals. I did everything to avoid studying, by calling my mom, calling my friends, and working on the Aristotle and Dante quote. It was some really productive procrastinating, I would say.

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Sunrise and Sunset at the Bund

For last semester, my finals ended on a Thursday, and I had Friday free. And I don’t know how I even got the idea, but I planned to go the Bund to see the sunrise. Since the Bund and that area is one of the biggest tourist areas of Shanghai, and I didn’t really enjoy the giant swarms of people that I saw during the first time I went there.

The morning, though, is a completely different experience.

Sunrise at the Bund banner

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Haul from the Winter Break

By the time this goes up, I’m in Shanghai already. I hope by that time I haven’t died a million times inside over the cold yet. That, or the university work ends up getting to me.

But while I’ve been home, I did get some things over my winter break. When I looked at them all, I realized that I actually had a haul of sorts, and I have a lot of things I could say about them, so here’s something I haven’t done in a while: a haul post.

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A Brief Update. Oh, and Take a Survey for Me?

Survey watercolor lettering

I’m headed back to Shanghai exactly one week from now, and I don’t feel excited at all. I’m feeling quite the opposite. I don’t like winter, and being away from friends and family that I’ve known for years is hard enough, being in a community where you don’t feel connected to anyone and feel a pressure to connect to everyone makes it even worse. And now that I know how hard it is, I feel tired at the thought of it.

And one thing that keeps me together is this online space I have that I can access no matter where I am. It’s such a constant, and I’m so happy I somehow stumbled into all this two years ago. I spent my vacation doing nothing worthwhile, but I’ve been planning and thinking about things that I could do, and now, that actually gets me excited.

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