After the unfortunately short stay in Oslo, my friend and I headed to Stockholm, the capital city of Sweden. We took trains and the journey was around 5 hours.
Title: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.
Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.
Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.
And we’re finally going out of the UK to Oslo, Norway!
We had a morning flight at 9.25AM and thanks to storm katie that hit the UK that day, it was delayed for SIX HOURS. We received the text about the delay while we were on the train going to the airport. So my friend and I stayed in Gatwick Airport for six hours.
We were really bummed because we’re only staying in Oslo for one night. If the flight is delayed that means we won’t be having much time exploring Oslo. But there were nothing we could do because of the storm that day so most flights are delayed or even worse, cancelled.
We finally flew from the UK at 3PM and arrived at Oslo around dinner time. Every tourist attraction was closed when we arrived so we could only have dinner.
The next day, we went out at kind of early and went to the Royal Palace and Historic Museum even though we could only took pictures outside the buildings because it hasn’t opened yet at the time. But we had to catch the train to Stockholm at 11.21AM, there’s nothing we could do.
Despite the short visit, I enjoyed the city very much. Oslo is pretty quiet compared to other cities and I loved walking around the cities. Also, it was aesthetically pleasing! I wish I could have spent more time there. Maybe next time!
Here’s some pictures I took in my less-than-24 hours stay in the capital of Norway.
Title: The Wrong Side of Right
Author: Jenn Marie Thorne
Kate Quinn’s mom died last year, leaving Kate parentless and reeling. So when the unexpected shows up in her living room, Kate must confront another reality she never thought possible—or thought of at all. Kate does have a father. He’s a powerful politician. And he’s running for U.S. President. Suddenly, Kate’s moving in with a family she never knew she had, joining a campaign in support of a man she hardly knows, and falling for a rebellious boy who may not have the purest motives. This is Kate’s new life. But who is Kate? When what she truly believes flies in the face of the campaign’s talking points, she must decide. Does she turn to the family she barely knows, the boy she knows but doesn’t necessarily trust, or face a third, even scarier option?
After Brighton, the second destination in my Spring Break trip this year is London!
I’ve been to London a couple of times now so for this particular trip, my friend and I decided to visit certain spots that we have always wanted to go. Two of the places we really wanted to visit was Borough Market and Cereal Killer Cafe in Camden.
Borough Market was incredibly fun! If you are a foodie, it’s definitely a must-visit spot in London.
Someone recommended my friend to try the doughnuts from Bread Ahead. Many people were queuing for the bread so we know that it must be really good. Aaaand how true! It’s so good! I wish I could eat all the doughnuts because it’s so yummy.
Cereal Killer Cafe – Camden
My friend and I happened to have things for cereal. Hence why we were so excited to visit Cereal Killer Cafe.
Since the first time I’ve heard of the place, I’ve always wanted to go and try and it didn’t disappoint! They have crazy amount of choices when it comes to cereal. You can mix and match your cereal with different toppings and milk they have. I don’t think you can dislike anything in Cereal Killer.
Not only the food, Cereal Killer also have awesome interior. The place is dimly lit and it’s surrounded by cereal boxes. It was definitely a different experience.
Afterwards, we were walking around Camden when we managed to find these cute colourful houses. I don’t think it’s a secret anymore that you can find colourful houses all across London. So glad we managed to find one before we leave London!
I haven’t posted anything for a while because I went on a trip for two weeks! (well, twelve days)
First destination: Brighton, United Kingdom. I have never been to Brighton before so it was really exciting and it wasn’t disappointing at all. Though it was quite windy and I was hoping for some sunshine, but you know, there’s nothing you can do about the English weather.
We went to Brighton Pier but it was just opened so many of the stalls are still closed. After that we went around city centre and they have little alleys. Exploring little alleys is one of my favorite part of traveling. Also, Brighton is really colorful and it makes everything better. Here are some pictures I took while I was there.
I finally caught up with the show and I have to say that the show is moving very fast. I’m not sure if it’s a good thing or not. I might have too much expectation of the show. Another thing that I noticed is the lack of chemistry between Clary and Jace. I’m not sure why but I just couldn’t really feel it. Also, for some reason, Jace is easily forgotten in the show. (Or maybe it’s just me) I don’t think his character on the show takes centre stage as much as the book or movie version of TMI.
Another surprise for me is the appearance of Lydia Branwell. I’m aware that she is not actually on the book? I was confused when I saw her on the show and I went to google if there was anyone named Lydia Branwell in the book. Then I found out that she was added to the show. I think her appearance will definitely make everything more interesting.
Matthew Daddario, Harry Shum Jr., and Alberto Rosende definitely steal the show. Alec was not my favourite character in the book, but on the tv show, he’s definitely on the top of the list. I think Matthew did great job portraying Alec. Casting Harry Shum Jr. as Magnus Bane is probably the best decision they make. He is amazing and I would say he succeed in bringing Magnus to life. And Alberto! I’ve loved him since the first episode and he is definitely the perfect Simon.
And yesterday, we found out that there would be season 2 of the Shadowhunters. I have to say that I’m excited for the second season. Even though I don’t love the show, I Iike seeing the shadowhunters world. I don’t have much expectation on the second season but I do hope that it would be well-developed and not miss out on anything important from the book.
Title: Lady Midnight (Dark Artifices #1)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Release date: 08.03.2016
It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.
Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…
Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?
Glitz, glamours, and Shadowhunters abound in this heartrending opening to Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices series.