Monday, February 29, 2016

How To Add Labels To The Blogger Mobile Template

How to Add Labels to Blogger Mobile Once upon a time I decided I wanted labels to show up on my mobile site, so I spent a couple hours figuring out how to add them (even though it was really a simple thing and shouldn't have taken more than a minute or two *face palm*) Then after I accomplished this task I decided I no longer wanted them, so to make sure that those hours (okay not really hours more like ten minutes but still) of my very precious time don't go to waste I decided to write this post in case any of you guys want labels to appear in mobile.

Remember to always backup your template before making any changes to the code. If you're not sure how to do so just go to Blogger > Template > Backup/Restore (Button) > Download Full Template (Button)

First we most get to your template, if your not sure how to get there just go to Blogger > Template > Edit HTML (Button)

Next click inside the HTML edit box. Hit Ctrl+f  And search the code for the first instance of:

<div class='post-footer-line post-footer-line-1'>

This should appear twice, and we only want the first instance as that one applies to mobile.


Now add this code under <div class='post-footer-line post-footer-line-1'>

<span class='post-labels'>
        <b:if cond='data:post.labels'>
          <data:postLabelsLabel/>
          <b:loop values='data:post.labels' var='label'>
            <a expr:href='data:label.url' rel='tag'>
              <data:label.name/>
            </a>
            <b:if cond='not data:label.isLast'>
              ,
            </b:if>
          </b:loop>
        </b:if>
      </span>

And voila here you have it.
I hope this helped. If you have any questions or this isn't working for you leave a comment and I'll see if I can help you.
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Monday, February 22, 2016

Carry On "A Bloody Brilliant Fantasy Novel" {Book Review}

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell Review
Carry On is bloody brilliant. It's splendid. It's absolutely dazzling. This is one of those books that just makes me wanna spontaneously flail my arms around.

AMAZON|GOODREADS|BOOK DEPOSITORY

Title: Carry On
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Series: Standalone
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, YA
Source: Library

Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who's ever been chosen.

That's what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he's probably right. Half the time, Simon can't even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor's avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there's a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon's face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here--it's their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon's infuriating nemesis didn't even bother to show up.

Carry On - The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow is a ghost story, a love story and a mystery. It has just as much kissing and talking as you'd expect from a Rainbow Rowell story - but far, far more monsters.

So I took so many little notes while reading this one (like 45) and most of them were just me fangirling.


Carry On had so MANY good quotes I probably wrote down at least 5 or 6. You'll probably be seeing them in the next Quartz Gazette (Or you've already seen them, depends on when this review is published).

Reason Why You Should Read Carry On

  • Simon Snow is the worst chosen one ever. Come on when's the last time you saw a chosen on who sucked at being a chosen one.
  • Snow really likes to eat, like a lot (he'd eat full blocks of butter if that was acceptable). And the love of food is literally the most relatable thing in the world (for me anyways).
  • The OTP (won't tell you who cause that would be a huge spoiler) is fudging beautiful. I was internally dancing (and dying) when they finally kissed.
  • This book has it's share of humor (the villain's name is the Insidious Humdrum *dies laughing*). Also it's filled with British slang like bullocks, crowley, bloody, and such.
  • It's four books in one! Okay not really, but these 517 pages of awesomeness are divided into four sections. (five if you count the epilogue)
  • Also Baz calls basically everyone by their last name (yes this is a very good reason to read a book) it's rather charming. 
  • They're called Mages, it's a really cool name.
  • The line between the good and the bad is blurred, which I always love.
  • Baz or Tyrannus Basilton Grimm Pitch (such a very imposing name) is referred to by like four different names. There's Baz, Basil, Basilton, and Tyrannus. (I have no idea why this is a reason)
  • There's gay wizards. This one explains itself.

This was my second time reading a Rainbow Rowell book, and Carry On was as amazing as the first, maybe even better, yes even better.


You probably think that the first one I read was Fangirl, but nope it was Eleanor and Park. I'm ashamed, I was planning on reading Fangirl (I really was) but I took a peek into this book, and once I started it their was no getting me out of it. I finished Carry On in two days, and it's been awhile since I've finished a book so fast, a LONG while.

Random favorite quote time:


"No," he says. "Why would I want that? Why would that thought even occur to me? ‘Hey, you know what would fix this miserable situation with the vampires and my mother and the war and the decline of magic? Snogging my halfwit room-mate. The one who well probably fuck my life for good someday. That's a plan."

When I first started reading, I immediately spotted all the Harry Potterish stuff about Carry On (even though I'm literally just now reading Harry Potter for the second time. The first time was like 3 or 4 years ago *shame*). And I'll admit I was a tad worried it would get to close to Harry Potter, but by the end Carry On really becomes it's own respective story/world.

Spoilers
*Warning: massive shippy fangirling ahead* I literally shipped Baz and Simon before I even read Carry On or Fangirl. I saw fanart on Tumblr and was just like, yup these two are adorable, I ship them. So interesting little factoid.

I honestly thought Simon would be the first to fall in love with Baz, but surprise surprise, turns out Baz was harboring secret feelings for Simon all along.

The Humdrum (who is our sorta of our villain) was very interesting. I really liked how the villain and the savoir were the same person. Though the Mage could be considered the real villain I suppose, though I don't really think he's really a villain either.

Another thing I really liked was the old families, how they were like the ruling elite. And how Davy/the Mage was really trying to do good (at least in the beginning)

Also Baz the clearly flammable vampire smokes cigarettes. Dear god. Oh and yes Baz is a vampire. This is like my favorite vampire romance I've ever read. (well I've only read one other so there isn't much competition.)

In the book the spells are real words, not random made-up phrases(and they're also in other languages like Hindi).


I found this concept to be really interesting and awesome. Like specific combinations of words have a power, for example the phrase "Stand Your Ground" (used with magic) can make it so someone is stuck to the ground. Nursery Rhymes are pretty much the most powerful of them all. Powerful mages can turn away entire armies with Humpy Dumpty.

I really enjoyed Carry On and I think everyone should read it.


I recommend it to the WORLD. Every living human (or reading dog) must read this fantastic book. It's fantastically fantastic. And gorgeously gorgeous.

Rating: 5/5 Stars


Has Carry On Cast it's Spell Upon You Yet? And if it Has Did You Reading Fangirl First?
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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Book Spine Poetry || Love-A-Thon 2016

Book Spine Poetry Love-A-ThonI've never heard of book spine poetry before, but it's really cool. It took me awhile to figure out mine, but I'm actually quite proud of it. I also posted the photo on my Instagram of course. [The Love-A-Thon is a challenge hosted by Alexa, Cee, Hazel, & Mel]

The False Prince
Fairest
(When) Mirrored
Wither(s)
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BINGO || Love-A-Thon 2016

Bingo Love-A-Thon This was suppose to be up yesterday. But I fell asleep before I could finish it. Oops. Anyway bingo time! (haven't played this in years) [The Love-A-Thon is a challenge hosted by Alexa, Cee, Hazel, & Mel]

Time To Play BINGO

I'll update it as I finish the tasks.
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Mix & Match || Love-A-Thon 2016

Mix & Match Love-A-Thon I love animated movies and I adore books so wouldn't it be awesome to see them together? Unfortunately this doesn't happen very often if ever *sigh* Today I'll be sharing two book I think would make fabulous animated movies, and two books that got turned into animated movies. [The Love-A-Thon is a challenge hosted by Alexa, Cee, Hazel, & Mel]

Books That'd Make Spectacular Animated Films

1. The Lunar Chronicles

This is not doubt wishful thinking on my part, books so rarely get turned into animated movies, and I've yet to see a YA book based animated film. But I think this series would be lovely animated. Their probably gonna be made into live action films, but I feel like if that does happen, unless the movie has a huge budget, the film might look a bit cheap. After all the story is set so far in the future.

2. Harry Potter

Okay these already have been made into live action films, however just imagine how beautiful the animated films would be. All that magic and wonder, also you ought to remember animated films can do about anything art wise, so while the live-action movies are impressive I feel like having an animated version would be super awesome.

Books That Made Lovely Animated Movies

1. How To Train Your Dragon

If you didn't expect this one you don't know me. But you have to admit they made awesome animated films. Though the book series by Cressida Cowell is pretty (very) different I kinda like that. Double the awesome dragon worlds! Though sometimes I wonder what it would have been like if the movies had more closely followed the series. However I would never change the movies, ever. The second film, How To Train Your Dragon 2 is the reason I fell in love with animated movies, and the book series were perhaps the most heart touching and heart-wrenching series I've ever read. Both the books and the movies have left a huge mark on my life.

Also that animation is so gorgeous, and did I mention the soundtrack? *swoons* Plus the plots. Both How To Train Your Dragon movies took huge risks in (view spoiler)[having the hero Hiccup not leave the final battle unscathed, and *sobs* killing the father, Stoick.] Both risks I think made the story that much better.

2. The Princess & the Frog

This movie is based of The Frog Princess Series by E.D. Baker. It's not incredibly obvious since so much was changed. I remember as a child waiting breathlessly to see this film. I was a bit disappointed to learn that the movies and the book shared almost nothing in common, but I still have a soft spot for this film and it's lovely restaurant-opening princess. 

Also this was Disney's last hand-drawn film and while I adore CGI animation I still love hand-drawn. Hand-drawn just has a certain loveliness and magical-ness to it. 
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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Kick-Off & Introduction || Love-A-Thon 2016

Kick-Off & Introduction Love-A-Thon Okay yes, the idiot in me forgot to prepare this post *sigh* but I remembered-ish and I'm hurriedly trying to prepare this post. I have recently been a wreak, keeping up with life is hard sometimes. Anywho let's get started. [The Love-A-Thon is a challenge hosted by Alexa, Cee, Hazel, & Mel]

Questionnaire

1. What's your name?

Thy name is Cassidy. My last name's pretty common in China, and when mispronounced can mean male genitals. (no I will not tell you my name, you must go find it yourself) (and yes I have suffered my entire life because the male genitals thing)

2. Where in the world are you blogging from?

The grand old US, I'm part of the first generation of my family born in America (my parents are immigrants)

3. How did you get into blogging in the first place?

I created a DIY blog (fail), and  tried to be a booktuber (also a fail), and when neither worked out I found a happy medium as a book blogger.

4. How did you come up with your blog name?

I started blogging using my full name as the url, but I never quite liked that name. My current blog name came to me as a result of seeing a hotel name I think it was rose something. I'm not sure how I eventually landed on Quartzfeather but I did. It all started with a hotel.

5. What genre do you read and review the most on your blog?

Young Adult, and if that isn't a genre fantasy, and even more specifically retellings. I basically exclusively read YA.

6. What other types of posts do you do on your blog, apart from reviews?

I review animated movies occasionally (cause I adore them) and I also do some posts on blogging/coding tips. I really like web design so I'm slowly picking up some HTML and sometimes when I'm fiddling with my design I discover something that I think needs to be shared with the world.

7. Best blogging experience so far?

I haven't been here long but so far I think getting comments are the best thing ever. They just make me feel so happy.

8. Favorite thing about the blogging community?

I love how open and friendly everyone is, it's rare to see hate or mean vibes in this community.

9. Name the 5 books you’re most excited for this 2016!

Because I joined the book world I've discovered so many more awesome series and authors, there for I have so many books to look forward too. I'm looking forward to a couple series enders (while also dreading them cause what if they don't end the series well) such as The Rose & The Dagger, The Beauty of Darkness and The Winner's Kiss. P.S. I Like You and Heartless also look promising.

10. Name the 5 books you want to read this 2016 that you didn’t get to in previous years!

Oh dear. Let's just say this list is VERY long. Six of Crows, Landline, Their Shattered Light, The Raven Boys, Rebel Belle, and a ton more. I have a lot to catch up on.

11. What’s an underrated book or series that you think everyone should read?

E.D. Baker's books. Honestly I was addicted to them for awhile as a younger human. Literally I was obsessed with the name Esmeralda (my obsession with long and usual names started as a young child, for example some character names from my current writing project: Renagade, Regency, Mareilla, Mardue, and Ellington)

12. Which book boy or girl would be your book BFF?

Oh I'd love to be friends with Cinder from The Lunar Chronicles, she's sassy and badarse (arse is British for ass) basically my definition of an amazing person.

13. Which book boy or girl would be your book boyfriend/girlfriend?

Hmm this is hard. My type tends to be skinny, witty, smart, and sometimes short (I don't mind tall people) So maybe Goose from Mirrored, Jaron from The False Prince, or Kai from The Lunar Chronicles.

14. Who would you recruit for your apocalypse squad?

Cinder from The Lunar Chronicles (she has tranquilizer in her finger so of course) Kestrel from The Winner's Trilogy, and Jaron from The Ascendance Trilolgy.

15. Apart from reading, what are your other hobbies or interests?

Writing, drawing, DIYing, jewelry making, clothing and web design. Plus I adore animated movies.

16. Apart from book shopping, what else do you like shopping for?

Craft supplies, and fabric.

17. At a party, the DJ suddenly changes the song – and it’s your song. What song would be playing?

Any song from either of the How To Train Your Dragon soundtracks (I positively adore movie soundtracks) but if it's a song with words it's gonna be For the Dancing and The Dreaming, which is also from How To Train Your Dragon 2. It's just so romantic I know the lyrics by heart.

18. Pick out either a book you want turned into a film/TV show, or a film/TV show you want turned into a book.

I'd love to see The Lunar Chronicles as movies, specifically since, you know, futuristic moon society. (I just hope they cast an Asian people as Kai)

19. What would your dream library look like?

Just a room with tons of books, windows, and pillows, oh and a computer for review writing.

20. Author you want to meet and sit down to tea with?

MARISSA MEYER!!!!! (I'd say Laura Wilder, but she's sorta not alive, so it'd be kinda weird) She's thee queen. I adore her books, and she's a real inspiration. (speaking of that I still don't have Stars Above *cries*)
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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Make Your Social Media Buttons Easy To Find

Make Your Social Media Buttons Easy To Find I can not stress how important it is to make your social media buttons easy to find. For example mine are in my sidebar, or if your in mobile their in my footer.

The same goes for the follow by email widget. If they can't find it, most people won't go looking for it.

Put your social media buttons and following options somewhere easy to find.


The sidebar isn't the only option for the placement of social media buttons, you could also put them in your blog footer or in your navigation bar. I've even seen a couple in the blog header.

It's also important to make sure there's a way for people to follow you through your mobile site. If you want people to follow you, you shouldn't make them look for a way. Now more people then ever are browsing the internet on a mobile device, these days a large portion of my views come from mobile devices.

Have a couple different options to follow your blog.


For example I have email subscription and bloglovin. I would recommend to have at least these two, but I'm sure there's probably a few more options out there you might want to consider, such as RSS feed, and I've seen a lot of google connect (though that only works on blogger blogs now)

Some people may prefer to follow you one way and others another way. So having some different options would be a good idea.

Just remember if you want to gain followers you'll have to make it easy for them to follow you. 


Now this doesn't mean you should shove following options in their face. It just means the options should be easy to find.
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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Waiting On Wednesday: February 2016

The Rose and the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh WOW
THE ROSE & THE DAGGER
By Renée Ahdieh

Publication Date: May 3rd 2016

I am surrounded on all sides by a desert. A guest, in a prison of sand and sun. My family is here. And I do not know whom I can trust.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited
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with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid's empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.

While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn't yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love.

Waiting On Wednesday is link-up hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Pretty! This cover is so pretty! *dies* Okay seriously I AM NOT okay with where the first book The Wrath & The Dawn dumped us and just left us. NOT OKAY. The first book in this duology (I wish there was more books!) was amazingness. It gave me a ladder from the huge book and review slump hole I involuntarily fell into.

Did I mention I adored The Wrath and The Dawn? There are no words to simply explain my endless love for that novel. Renee Ahdieh is no doubt one of my new favorite authors. I shall name my first born child after her. (okay I'm not serious, but I still adore her)

What Books Are You Looking Forward to in this month of love?
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Monday, February 8, 2016

Review Snip: Fangirl By Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell Review


Rating: ★★★★★
AMAZON|GOODREADS|BOOK DEPOSITORY

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan...

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them
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through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words... And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

*SQUEALS* SO CUTEEEE. So darn fudging cute. Okay I think you get my point, now moving on. I positively adored this book, there was no way not to. Rainbow Rowell's thee queen! All Hail Queen Rainbow. Her books are fabulously tasty. But they also make me feel like a sad, lonely, single dumpling.


“Baz arched an elegant brow. "Are you going to snog the Humdrum-is that your plan? Because he's eleven. And he looks just like you. That's both vain and deviant, Snow, even for you.”


Cath is amazing cause she writes fanfiction, and fanfiction is amazing. Also. Also. She's a FANGIRL!!! Totally relatable. Plus I read Carry On before Fangirl (I know how could I?) and so I was already a huge Simon Snow fan, so I was like actually fangirling with her. How often does a golden opportunity like that come along.

Anyway the romance was delicious (won't say who cause that's a spoiler) Also I love Reagan, she's like this kickass girl who proves graceful and sweet doesn't make beautiful. Basically READ IT!!!
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Saturday, February 6, 2016

I Inquire As To Whether My Blog's Bright Color Scheme Is Giving You & Other People Headaches

Is My Blog Too Bright? This is a question that's bothered me for awhile, one I've tried to amend, but every time I ultimately decide to stick with my current color scheme, only to have the question arise again. It's a tiresome and annoying process, so I've decided to end it here once and for all.

I'd like to ask: Is my blog color to bright? Is #ff8b8b to bright? Does it bug you? Does it cause you to stay away from my blog? Please. Please, leave your opinion below. I don't want to be driving away readers cause my blogs just to bright.

Also why we're at it, is their anything about my design that bugs you in general, anything (doesn't even have to be about design) you think I should change?

Do You Ever Have Self Doubt About Your Blog? Or Is There One Decision/Question That's Bugged You For All Of Eternity?
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Monday, February 1, 2016

How To Fight A Dragon's Fury "Perfection, A Masterpiece. Unbearably Sad & Beautifully Brave" {Book Review}

How to Fight a Dragon's Fury by Cressida Cowell Review
There is just something special about Cressida Cowell’s writing, it entraps you, cocooning you it’s words. Even as I started this book I wished for it to never end.

AMAZON|GOODREADS|BOOK DEPOSITORY

Title: How To Fight A Dragon's Fury (How to Train Your Dragon #12)
Author: Cressida Cowell
Series: How to Train Your Dragon #12
Genres: Fantasy, Middle Grade
Source: Purchased

Dragons vs Humans: is this the end? Find out in the twelfth book in the How to Train Your Dragon series. It is the Doomsday of Yule. At the end of this day, either the humans or the dragons will face extinction.
Alvin the Treacherous is about to be crowned the King of the Wilderwest on the island of Tomorrow. His reign of terror will begin with the destruction of dragons everywhere. The fate of the dragons lies in the hands of one young boy as he stands on the nearby isle of Hero's End with nothing to show, but everything to fight for.

Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third's Quest is clear. First he must defeat the Dragon Guardians of Tomorrow and prove that he is in fact the rightful king, even though Hiccup has none of the King's Things and Alvin the Treacherous has all ten of them. And then he faces his final battle: Hiccup must fight the Dragon Furious and end the Rebellion ...ALONE. As Doomsday draws to an end can Hiccup be the Hero of the hour? Will the dragons survive?


RATING

★★★★★

FAVORITE QUOTE

"Because: Love Never Dies, What is Within is More Important than What is Without, The Best is Not Always the Most Obvious and Once You've Loved Truly, Thor, then You Know the Way"


How to Fight a Dragon’s Fury made me tear up so many times, countless times. It is a masterpiece, an impressive finale to an equally impressive series. She weaved her characters in such a way it was simply impossible for me to not fall in love with them.

IT IS A MASTERPIECE, AN IMPRESSIVE
FINALE TO AN EQUALLY IMPRESSIVE SERIES

These books are filled with so much heart, such bravery. The way she twists her tales, every
single sentence possibly containing a hint, a clue to uncovering the past, or seeing the future.

Spoilers
Alvin is Fishleg’s father? He’s Fishleg’s father. Good god. Equally mind blowing? The dragon jewel, where it was hidden. In the lobster claw all along, all along. It makes so much sense it’s mind blowing.

I enjoyed how Cressida made it so the dragon jewel is an actual believable thing, something that could in a way exist. So incredibly smart, the whole one tiny dragon with a sickness trapped in the the dragon jewel that could wipe out all the dragons if it ever escaped, and not something that is merely explained by magic.

Also the dragon Furious, she redeemed him so well, I’d have it no other way. His death was so unbearably sad, and yet at the same time, she didn’t quite proclaim him dead, she left the hope that perhaps he is still alive, lurking in the deep trenches of the sea.

On the same note I adored the way she executed the end, yes the dragons disappeared, but not in the devastating way I imagined. Leaving that hopefulness as always.

Lastly, Camicazi, could she love Hiccup? It clearly seems that way doesn’t it?

Hiccup has grown to become my favorite character, his braveness, though he doesn’t see it, his honesty, his unparalleled sense of what’s right, make him favorite.


FINAL THOUGHTS


How to Fight a Dragon’s Fury was such an emotional read for me, I was tearing up so much that I could barely see the page in front of me one third of the time. In fact I put off starting this book, not because I didn’t want to read it, not because I couldn’t, but because I didn’t want the series to some to an end. As I neared the last few pages each turn of the page became slower, and slower as I dreaded the last page. Sometimes, just sometimes, you’ll find a book you never want to leave, and How to Fight a Dragon’s Fury was that book for me. How to Fight a Dragon’s Fury is a touching and heartfelt book that you simply can not miss.

Have you read the How to Train Your Dragon series or seen the movies? If so what do you think of them?
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