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Cardiff Bay-Roald Dahl Plass

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I think I’ve neglected this blog for a while because I was spending my time on the book blog more. And I totally forgot to finish writing and posting about my summer vacation in Cardiff.

Well, one of the place that I’ve visited was Cardiff Bay, which is 25 minutes away from Cardiff Centre by boat. Yup, Juju and I took the boat from the river off to Cardiff Bay. We enjoyed our journey in the river starting from Bute Park.

The weather was awfully cold and the wind was very high but we managed to dress comfortably and to our surprise the weather in Cardiff Bay was much better than in the Centre.

So you might ask, what is there in Cardiff Bay? Well, basically it has restaurants, cafes, bars (not for us) and a huge theatre where they have amazing plays and musicals. And every now and then in the middle of the place they celebrate something. To our luck they were celebrating Roald Dahl’s Birthday and the place was full of games and activities for the kids. Jana enjoyed her time to the max, we went there twice and she broke my wallet😛 for the games weren’t that cheap. Like each game would cost 2 or pounds which is around KD1.

I’ll let you enjoy the pictures. It was a great place to visit.

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A Blog Only for Books (Books Paper Mania)

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So I’ve created a blog just for books, book reviews, new releases, coming soon and more. If you’re into books. If you’re interested please follow and share your thoughts there🙂

Books Paper Mania

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Book Review: A Gathering of Shadows

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4.5

I was going to give this book 4 stars for the lack of events but the ending made me change my mind. Don’t expect this book to be as enjoyable as book one for this one lacks the great events that book one had, but this book was all about building characters and giving us a clear picture about the story. It focused more on Delilah Bard but we also come to know more about The Royal Family, about Rhy and new characters; Alucard and Ojcka. I loved Alucard a lot, i thought he’s the male version of Lila and that’s why they’ve become, let’s just say friends on the ship. They don’t say they are friends but you can feel it, i loved what was going on between them.

The story has been shaped in a good way in this book. We see countries/kingdoms coming together in a game to compete and show the best Magician out there. But also, we see some kingdoms eying the Antari (Kell) who has special powers and for that the King & the Queen become worried that Kell’s life will jeopardise Rhy’s. I felt really upset for they didn’t care about Kell as much as they did for Rhy.

I can’t wait for book 3 to come out at the beginning of 2017 to know what will happen in White London❤

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Book Review: The Invisible Library

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“It was about finding unique works of fiction, and saving them in a place out of time and space.”

It’s really difficult not to like a book about Libraries, Spies, Unique Books, Magic, Alternate Worlds, Beast, Demons, Fair Folk and many many more. The book has all the elements, characters and everything to be really awesome and unique but it lacked something which I’m trying to figure out.

In this book, there is the Library and many other libraries in alternate worlds, how many are there? It’s not mentioned. And they are not organised or anything (not as in Shades of Magic; where we have 4 Londons). Also, there is a special Language, it’s in English but not really English, those who sees it can read it but can’t understand its real meaning. Confusing right? I wish she had put more effort in the special language and created something unique or special for this book.

The characters; I liked Irene and Bradamant, especially Bradamant, she’s so badass but I wish we saw more of Irene and Kai (maybe in Book 2?). Alberich is someone who didn’t catch my attention till the very end. Loved the idea of the story, i wish book 2 will be more enjoyable.

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Book Review: A Darker Shade of Magic

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4.5 Stars

“Rhy hated it when Kell was forced to use blood magic, because he felt personally responsible– he often was– for the sacrifice that came with it. He had caused Kell great deal of pain once, and had never quite forgiven himself for it”

I was very skeptical of this book, I was worried that I will not come to like it and that my money would be wasted for nothing (I bought the 2 books together), BUT I’m glad that I did and I can’t tell how deep I’m drawn to the story, characters, plot and everything related to this book. I can feel that I’m living in Red London and witnessing all these event, if not moving from one London to another (LOL). Yes, the book is that strong, the style of the writer (this is my first read for her) and how she describes the scenes, feelings, the setting and surrounding is just beyond amazing. Some books you try very hard to picture what the writer is trying to show you but not in this book, everything was easy to read and picture especially the faces of the characters.

Let’s talk about the characters, and I want to talk about the VILLAINS first because I loved them all, yes I love crazy lunatic villains especially Astrid, I thought she is awesome, loved everything about her and how freaky she is. Her brother Athos was a psycho, a very lovely psycho hehe. And last but not least Hollan who I felt sad for and sympathised with him. I kind of felt that there is good in him but the evilness controlled him.

The heroes of this book are of course Kell & Lilah. I loved those duo and thought that they’d make a great couple (maybe in the 2nd book? Can’t wait to read it). Lila had this wittiness in her which made her more attractive to the reader, the stubbornness in her was well written and described, she irritated me in the first pages when she met Kell for the first time but then I fell in love with her. Now, about Kell. He is a great character/ hero but I felt that he was beaten up and felt guilty a lot. I mean, i love beaten up heroes, it makes them more sexy but not all the time. If V. E. Schwab had had cut down some of the beaten up/guilty scenes, I would have given this book 5 stars.

I LOVED IT❤

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Science Cream-Cardiff

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One of the most delicious ice cream places in Cardiff. Located in Castle Arcade. I came upon this place by accident. I was walking with Jana exploring the arcades in the area and then I saw this small ice cream place. Beautifully decorated in a very simple way to give you the feeling of a science lab.

The flavours and toppings change every now and then so I want to try as much flavours as I can before I go back home. We tried the Brown Butter Caramel with Caramel topping and Rainbow Pretzel and we LOVED it. I can’t tell you how delicious it was. We came later and tried something with Raspberry or Coconut I can’t remember exactly but it wasn’t as good as the caramel one. So we went for the 3rd time and had the Caramel AGAIN😀

I also tried the Hot Chocolate with Toasted Marshmallows, it was good but very heavy and their Flat White was really good.

DELICIOUS.

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Cardiff Castle-Part 3

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This is the last part of Cardiff Castle in which you’ll see the beautiful Drawing Room that is filled with paintings of some of the great men of Bute family. In this room, women used to enjoy their time painting for they had almost nothing to do except waiting and other stuff which I forgot what they were😛

After that you’ll see the amazing Library which i fell in love with its decoration and structure. I tried toughing one of the books to see if they were real but i couldn’t tell and I was afraid to do further exploration for i might do some damaging.

Then we take a look at the castle from the outside and we go up to The Roman Keep which is basically an empty circle that has narrow steps which takes you up to Wales flag. I went up but not to the flag, but my brother did and he said the view was amazing from the top.

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Bute Park-Cardiff

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This park is named after the Bute family who were the richest family in Cardiff and owned Cardiff Castle in the past. The park is huge and it looks like a forest with all the huge trees in it. It’s part of Cardiff Castle but has its own separate entrance.

I took Juju there many times to enjoy some activities while enjoy the greens, the river and the amazing weather. She loves it there and always asks me to go to the park everyday.

It has 3 cafes. One of them is the Pettigrew Tea Rooms and there two others, the Secret Garden and Summerhouse Cafe. I tried the Pettigrew one and Summerhouse but not the Secret Garden which I will in the upcoming days.

The park is big and kids can do so many things. It over looks the Taff river and it has a River Bus stop that takes you to Cardiff Bay which we have used twice and enjoyed a lot.

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Cardiff Castle-Part 2

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In this post, I’ll show you more of the rooms of the castle that are kept locked and only house tour holders can have a look at these rooms.

You can see the Family History Room which is HUGE, as in really huge with long table and the amazingly decorated ceiling, it’s just marvellous.

Also, you’ll see the 3rd marquess bedroom which I thought was beautiful decorated with angels to protect him from harm. Then there’s the Rooftop garden which looked so beautiful but without greens. There were pictures showing you how it would have looked like in the past. And the last couple of pictures are for the dining room which was so dull from my point of view.

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Book Review: How To Find Love in A Bookshop

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I can’t decide whether to give this book 3 stars or 4 so I’m settling on 3.5 stars.

The idea of this book is amazing but it lacked the depth of characters and their development through out the story. I felt this book was done very fast without getting deep into the story itself. The feeling you get is not that strong because you couldn’t have formed an idea/feeling or get attached to the characters.

I’ve always loved the idea of having or managing my own bookshop so you can see my face when I saw this book in Waterstones. I couldn’t help myself but get it. Emilia is struggling to get Nightingale Books going after the death of her father. She does her best to keep it going knowing that it had a great impact on its customers and found out some secrets trying to keep the bookshop going.

The book had many characters but focused only on few. The only characters that I liked were Dillon and Alice. So many characters were left behind like Thomasina & Jem. Also Jackson & Mia, not to mention June & Mick. I wish the writer had given more time and effort for the left out characters.

The writing was ok, not that wow but easy for the eye and mind.

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Book Review: The Essex Serpent

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You know when you start reading a book, you feel it’s slow & going no where in the first few pages!? Well, that’s how i felt about it in the beginning but because of the crazy reviews i read about this book i kept reading it til i reached a point where i couldn’t stop & i just kept reading falling in love with the plot, the characters, the setting & everything in between.

I’ll not talk about the story for it’s pretty clear in the synopsis but i’d rather talk about the characters & what they’ve represented. Science & religion. Power & money, high class & lower class, freedom & suppression, desire & shame, love & friendship.

The characters & their lives can be interpreted in so many ways, it just depends on the reader & how he/she sees the story.

I loved Cora’s character & how she couldn’t deal with her little boy because maybe there is something wrong with him & she doesn’t see it?! Will’s character was also very well written, struggling with his desire & afraid to sin as he’s the Reverend & a married man to a loving wife who seems stupid or naive but she is the opposite. I also loved Martha’s character, she’s something hehe, but hated Luke. Such an arrogant man:/

This book is highly recommended.

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My Cookie Dough-Cardiff

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One of the places that I’ve discovered while I’m in Cardiff is My Cookie Dough which I came its pictures on instagram under #cardiffshopping for I was looking for something specific and found this place. Guess what? It has been infant of my own eyes for several days and I didn’t notice it at all.

Every morning I go to St. David’s Shopping Centre either for shopping or for food, but never noticed this, so when I saw its picture I couldn’t wait till next morning. Early in the morning, I went around 9:45 am and it was just Jana and I😀

I asked for the White Chocolate Cookie Dough with Raspberry sauce. They have 3 or 4 flavours I guess but you know, I like anything with Raspberry. The lady who served us was very generous and put extra vanilla ice cream for us. It was heavenly delicious, we loved it. We went there again and tried the Peanut Butter Cookie Dough with Chocolate sauce and it was even better.

If you’re in Cardiff or planning to go there then you must try this place.

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