Dragon’s Hoard

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In this month’s Dragon’s Hoard box the featured book was Between Two Thorns by Emma Newman.

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Between Two Thorns is set in a universe where the Fae realm and the human realm coexist side-by-side. However, another realm lies between them, the Nether, where the social structure of 19th-century England is held up by families touched by the Fae. Catherine manages to escape the Nether and her family to live a normal life in the human realm, escaping the touch of the Fae forever. Or so she thinks, until she encounters Max. Max polices the boundaries between the worlds. He enlists Catherine’s help to figure out why people are disappearing inside the Nether.

To go along with the Fae theme of the book, a Tinkerbell print was included in the box this month.

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To also go along with the book as well was a scented candle with Bergamot, Patchouli & Rose Water, appropriately called, The Nether.

And lastly, also included in this month’s box was a bookmark quoting Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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Sadly this is the last Dragon’s Hoard box. We would like to thank Joyce for her amazing work with these boxes and good luck with her future endeavours.

imogen

Dragon’s Hoard – December

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A few days ago, we received this months Dragon’s Hoard box.

This month’s book is The Chimes. The Chimes follows Simon as he travels through a London where music is at the centre of everything and causes people to lose their memories, however, Simon begins to remember his past. Along with the book was a note from the author herself.

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There was also a bookmark to match the book. The bookmark has one pendant with a quote from the book, as well as a small Treble (or G) clef medallion.

 

There were also two buttons included, one to match the book and another to celebrate the holiday season.

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To also celebrate the holiday season was a Christmas card.

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And finally, we have a Chai Latte candle, for warmth, over our not-so-white-Christmas.

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Thank you to Dragon’s Hoard, and we hope that everyone has a happy holidays.

imogen

The Anime challenge

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This is exactly what it sounds like.

Sue recommended that I do this challenge which has been done by avathenerd, and I’ve been working on it for a while, einy-meeny-miny-mo basically decided half of the answers. I also haven’t followed the original format exactly, as normally this challenge would be done over the span of 15 weeks.

Before we get started, I just want to mention SPOILERS!!! Please be aware.

Multiple anime are mentioned in this post, so please do be cautious of spoilers

1.Very first anime you watched?

Vampire Knight

2.Favourite anime so far?

I’m loving Noragami at the moment.

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3.Favourite Male character?

Kazuma at the moment

4.Favourite female character?

Most definitely Touka Kirishima.

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5.Anime you’re ashamed you enjoyed

I am not ashamed of any anime I have watched & enjoyed, but. I have watched the first 2 episodes of Diabolik Lovers. My feminist cannot take another 5 seconds.

6.Anime you want to watch

The Devil is a Part Timer and Loveless are the next on my list.

7.Your anime crush

Kofuku. She’s so cute, yet she can cause destruction whenever she wishes. What’s not to love.

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8.Favourite anime couple

Haruka and Mackerel.

9.Best anime villain

Lelouch Vi Britannia

10.Favourite fighter anime

Soul Eater.

11.Favourite mecha anime

Code Geass

12.Saddest anime scene

The scene from Fullmetal Alchemist. The second talking Chimera. You know what I mean.

13.Anime character that is most similar to you

Harkua Nanase. Water…

14.Anime that never gets old, no matter how many times you’ve seen it

Ouran High School Host Club

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15.Favourite anime sidekick/animal/summoning

Pantherlily

16.Anime with the best animation

Kuroshitsuji: Book of Murder. Not exactly what it sounds like, but close.

17.Best supporting male character

The Undertaker -cue creepy laughter-

18.Best supporting female character

Nakamura from Assassination Classroom.

19.Most epic scene ever

Nagisa Shiota’s second fight with Mr. Takaoka

20.Anime character that gets on your nerves

Misa Amane. Death Note. You know, that obsessive blonde one.

21.Favourite goofy character

Italy!!

22.Favourite weapon/gear/armour used

The Thompson sisters, Liz & Patty

23.Favourite anime attack

It’s only kind of an attack, but the exorcism Yato uses.
“This is the land of the rising sun. Your desecration here will not be allowed. Hear me, I am the god Yato, I now lay thee waste with the Sekki and expel thy vast defilement I cleanse thee!”

24.Most shocking moment in anime

The very last scene in Shingeki no Kyojin. After the big fight with the female titan, way after all that, where we see a part of the wall crumble away, to reveal a titan. WHAT!

25.Saddest anime death

Lelouch’s death. He’s such an amazing character.

26.Best anime fight

The fight between Rin & Amaimon when Rin’s becoming more of a demon and losing himself.

27.Most badass scene of an anime character

The last part of the final Soul Eater episode, where Maka punches Asura into oblivion.

28.Favourite anime quote

“I do not deny evil, nor do I believe that any human is completely free of malice. Everything must be in balance. As long as evil and good maintain an equilibrium in this world there is no problem. perfect balance is the key to everything.” Death the Kid, Soul Eater

29.An anime you wished was real

Assassination Classroom.

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30.Anime you wish never ended 

‘clears throat’ Ouran. High. School. Host. Club. I’m waiting.

Feel free to comment, I’d love to hear any opinions on these anime, or any recommendations.

imogen

 

 

3 Days 3 Quotes Day 3

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We received another 3 Days 3 Quotes Nomination!! Thank you Maranda from The Librarian’s Toolbox. Make sure you check out her amazing blog!!

Rules to be followed:

  • 3 quotes each day
  • 3 nominees to be nominated (no repetition!)
  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Inform the nominees

No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness.

This quote comes from Mr. Aristotle.

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(This is ‘Aristotle’ from Horrible Histories, played by Mathew Baynton.)

imogen

3 Days, 3 Quotes Day 2

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We received another 3 Days 3 Quotes Nomination!! Thank you Maranda from The Librarian’s Toolbox. Make sure you check out her amazing blog!!

Rules to be followed:

  • 3 quotes each day
  • 3 nominees to be nominated (no repetition!)
  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Inform the nominees

Today’s quote comes from a book which I have just re-read; Eona by Alison Goodman, an Aussie author!

Eona is the sequel to Eon which i have recommended before. It follows the girl-turned-boy Eon in the struggle for her life and empire, while struggling with her own identity. While I do admit to wanting to slap some of the characters, it’s a really great story.

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History does not remember the struggles of the individual. Only the outcome of their struggles.

 

imogen

3 days, 3 quotes tag Day 2

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I have been nominated for the 3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge by the lovely Okoto Enigma – make sure you check out her blog here .

The Rules are:

  • Three quote for three days.
  • Three nominees each day (no repetition).
  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Inform the nominees.

One of my favourite quotes from something that I have been reading recently is

“The difference between the novice and the master is that the master has failed more times than the novice has tried.” – Anasatu Kyoishitsu or Assassination Classroom.

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I’m not going to specify nominees for this challenge, but invite anyone who wants to participate to do so. Let me know in the comments so I can make sure I check out your posts!

imogen

Word Nerd Wednesday

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A lot of the words in this post are words that are used in Australia, all of the time. So, lets start off this ocker word fest.

Lets start with that word I just used; ockerOcker (as defined by Dictionary.com) means a couple of things. The way it’s been used here it means, “typically Australian”. If you look at the definition here, though you’ll see there are a few different definitions. The one that really made me laugh though, was “an uncultured Australian male”.

The next word is a family favourite:

Larrikin.

Larrikin has always meant to me, “stupid bloke” basically, but apparently professionals like different wording, as they describe a larrikin as “a street rowdy: hoodlum” or “disorderly: rowdy”. So I was kind of right.

And lastly from Sue:

Sledge.

Sledge is Australian slang for “making offensive remarks in order to break concentration”. So it’s not a hammer or a sleigh and me being the un-sporty person i am, think this is really unfair. I’ve never experienced it because the only sport I do is forced upon me at school and doing that is not allowed. So yeah, I’ll just sit over here and question from a distance and think it’s cheating. It probably happened a lot in this book:

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Now it’s my turn.

I have a couple of words, my first word is tarantism

Tarantism is “an uncontrollable impulse to dance”. I think many of us can relate to this; can’t dance to save ourselves but you know what? I want to so I will.

Mt last word is one that I’m sure quite a few people know (especially if you’re a Whovian)

Petrichor

Petrichor is “the smell of dust after rain” and Dictionary.com is in denial about this word and wouldn’t show a definition. But I’m enough of a nerd to be sure about the meaning and spelling.

I hope you’ve all enjoyed these words and can now annoy your friends by knowing some random trivia and being smarter than them.

imogen