March Wrap Up

March was another slow reading month for me, I just haven’t felt like reading lately and when I do read I just get really busy out of nowhere. Basically, the only thing that kind of saves me during these slumps is getting the new releases that I’ve been waiting for. I’ll get the new book, spend a week or so reading it and then that’s that. The cycle repeats itself. Has anyone else ever gone through something like this?

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A Conjuring of Light
by Victoria Schwab
rating: 5 out of 5

A brilliant masterpiece of a finale to a wonderful trilogy. While it took me almost two weeks to read (I didn’t feel like reading most of the days) I enjoyed every page of this book, felt like my heart was being ripped to shreds, and cried so much.

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The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas
rating: 5 out of 5

Number 2 of my top ten highly anticipated books of 2017 list, and again, I loved this so much! Honestly, I don’t know what to say about this at all.  It’s raw, emotional, it doesn’t hold back, it was realistic and perfect. Starr had wonderful character development and all of the characters were amazing. I cannot say enough good things about this book.

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Thirteen Reasons Why
by Jay Ashur
rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Overall I didn’t think much about this book, I think it’s a little overrated and overhyped, yet I loved the mystery and the suspense this book had and I never wanted to put it down.

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Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda
by Becky Albertalli
rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Audiobook reread. Just as amazing as the first time I read it! The narration was spot on and I was giddy smiling all over again. I need more Simon in my life!
PS: how excited are you for the movie?

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How to Date a Douchebag
by Sarah Ney
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Honestly I was kind of bored for most of this book and so many of the characters problems would be solved if they would just communicate with each other, like seriously how hard is that???

 

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Some Books Ive read lately

Something really exciting happened!

I gave my dad a copy of Ready Player One and he loved it!
Honestly, this made me so ridiculously happy.

I also lent him my copy of Red Rising and he’s reading that right now.


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Addicted to You
by Krista and Becca Ritchie
rating: 4 out of 5 stars

My thoughts: A fun yet serious New Adult romance that follows the lives of Lily Calloway who is addicted to sex and Loren Hale who is an alcoholic. Since both of them come from wealthy families appearances are everything and these two are hiding their addictions by pretending to be in a relationship. I almost hate to say this sentence but there was something about this book that was really addicting. I didn’t want to put it down and just wanted more. These two characters are so deeply flawed and hurting so badly that I just wanted to reach through the book and comfort them.

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by Krista and Becca Ritchie
rating: 4 out of 5 stars

This a novella taking place in between Addicted to You and Addicted for Now, this one was a bit slower paced then Addicted for Now was but it was still very enjoyable.

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Wires and Nerve
by Marissa Meyer
rating: 4 out of 5 stars

My thoughts: I really enjoyed this, I loved the storyline and the artwork, and it was so nice to be back in the Lunar Chronicles world and to be with these characters again. I also enjoy seeing what’s coming next, every time I think I’m satisfied with the ending for this series a continuation of the story is created and I just want more. The only thing that bothered me was Winters character, she didn’t feel like the Winter we had gotten to know and loved and I know she had the device surgery but still her quirkiness wasn’t there and I missed it a lot.

By Your Side
by Kasie West
rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I was really excited to read this and I got even more excited while reading it because the main character had anxiety, mental health is so important and I love seeing it brought up in books. Kasie West is probably my favorite contemporary author, her books are an auto-buy for me. Plus what kind of book nerd doesn’t fantasize about being locked in the library for a long weekend? That girl is living the dream. By Your Side had a good balance of cutesy love mixed with serious-bringing-you-back-down-to-Earth-ness.

The Distance Between Us
by Kasie West
rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I needed another Kasie West book after By Your Side and this was calling my name. It was cute and I loved the quirks Kasie adds in her books and I really loved the “dates” that Caymen and Xander went on.

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Caraval
by Stephanie Garber
rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Number 3 of my top ten highly anticipated books of 2017 list and I adored this so much. I couldn’t get enough of it.

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Crystal Storm
by Morgan Rhodes
rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

And then there was this, there was so much build up in this book that it was kind of slower paced and almost boring. I’m glad I finished this and I am looking forward to book 6 and seeing all of the build up pay off.

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The Princess Saves Herself in this One
by Amanda Lovelace
rating: 5 out of 5

Oh my love! This was amazing and I couldn’t ask for anything better, these poems were beautiful, raw, and packed with emotion.

 


What am I currently reading?

Ice like Fire by Sarah Raasch
HAHAHAHAHAH I started this in November! Hahaha and I haven’t picked it up since! I just wasn’t in the mood for this back in November and had to put it aside. I really want to get through my Goodreads currently reading pile and I think I’m ready to pick this up.

Golden Son by Pierce Brown
Another book I’ve been reading this book for so long, I started this on January 17th and I am only halfway through it now. For some reason whenever I read this I only seem to sit down and read like 30 pages, maybe 50 max. Then I don’t pick up the book for a couple days. That isn’t to say that I’m not enjoying it, there’s just a lot going on and a lot of build up. Once the ball starts rolling I’m sure I’ll be glued to the book.

The Song of Achilles review

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The Song of Achilles
by Madeline Miller
paperback
378 pages
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis via Goodreads:

Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. Despite their difference, Achilles befriends the shamed prince, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine, their bond blossoms into something deeper – despite the displeasure of Achilles’ mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess.

But when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, Achilles must go to war in distant Troy and fulfill his destiny. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus goes with him, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.


My thoughts:

Do you ever randomly pick up a book that’s been on your shelf for a couple of months, a year, or years?  Then when you’re done reading it you’re just sitting there in tears, clutching the beautiful book to your chest, and in the back of your mind, you’re just kicking yourself for not reading it sooner? I do that all the time, I did that with Ready Player One and now with The Song of Achilles. Why didn’t I read this sooner?! This wonderful book could have been in my life that much sooner!

Ok first of all, can we agree with a sure sign that you love a book is when you have to have it with you whenever. Now when I say that it’s because I now own this book in every format that you could possibly think of. I own an ebook, a paperback copy, and the audiobook. My goal was to make sure that I would be able to pick up this book anytime my little heart desired.

I read this book about a month ago in mid-December and I am still thinking about it a month later in mid-January. I adored the writing, the characters were heartbreaking, and overall I think this had to have been the best mythology retelling I have ever read. It stands out so much in my memory, I never wanted this book to be over.

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The writing was so beautiful to me it felt like a love letter, not only to but also about Achilles. In high school, one of my English classes focused on Greek Mythology for a good month or so. We studied the Iliad and the Odyssey and of course, The Battle of Troy. So I knew what was coming but at the same time, I didn’t know what to expect, how was Miller going to keep the story going after certain events?

It turns out, she handled it perfectly, I obviously can’t tell you how because of spoilers.

Even though I knew what was going to happen, there was something about Miller’s storytelling that just added a strong anticipation, I couldn’t stop turning the page and I couldn’t read fast enough, I was addicted.

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Can we talk about the characters? Patroclus was so awkward that it was adorable, I experienced that secondhand embarrassment for him, some of it was accompanied by the giddy smile that’s usually reserved for Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda.

There were also some great cameos/minor characters, Chiron (which made me think of Percy Jackson, and Odysseus were the ones I was excited to see right away.

I ended up shipping Patroclus and Achilles right away, and not because the synopsis hinted at it, I mean I just barely glanced over the synopsis before I dove into the book. But right away you could tell that they would help each other grow, they made each other stronger and better. They learned how to trust, and how to love themselves and each other. It was beautiful and writing this is making me want to tear up all over again.

But of course, nothing gold can stay, happiness does not last forever.
The unhappy thing happened, and just when you thought “okay, there is no way this can be any worse,” nope Miller proves you wrong and your heart breaks all over again.

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Writing this review has really made me want to reread this again, hell I wanted to reread this as soon as I hit the last page of the book. It’s a beautifully written tale of friendship, love, adventure, and Greek mythology.

P.s. Which cover do you like more?

I’m equally torn for different reasons. For the US cover, I love that blue background, it’s probably my favorite shade of blue and it makes the helmet just pop out at you.

But then, you look at the UK cover and in my opinion? It. Is. Stunning. I adore the red font and the red background, also that gold armor with the filigree just captures my attention.

The only negative I think of is this, I don’t know why but there is something about that armor that isn’t screaming “Greek” to me, I don’t know what else it’s making me think of, but if I didn’t know anything about the book, I don’t think I would pick it up and think “oh this is probably set in Ancient Greece.” Is that just me? Let me know if you get what I’m trying to say.

A Classical Book Haul

20161231_090812An ongoing goal of mine is to expand/grow my classic literature collection. Classics are a genre that I lack having read the most in yet I have the biggest desire to explore more into.

a goal I have for 2017 is to read more in three different categories
Classic Literature
Banned Books
Feminist Literature

Thanks to Thrift Books and Barnes and Nobles “Buy 2 get 1 free” on their classic editions, my classic book collection is starting to grow 🙂
Btw, if you’re wanting to expand your classic books for cheap then I recommend checking out Thriftbooks most of their classics are pretty cheap and in an acceptable condition. Thriftbooks also has something called Thrift Deals of “buy 2 for $7, buy 3 for $10, or buy 4 for $12” and if you’re in the US and spend over 10 dollars then your order qualifies for free shipping.

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Catch 22
by Joseph Heller

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Northanger Abbey
by Jane Austen

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Emma
by Jane Austen

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Mansfield Park
by Jane Austen

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Sense and Sensibility
by Jane Austen

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Heart of Darkness
by Joseph Conrad

Time Machine
by HG Wells

The Awakening
by Kate Chopin

The Prince
by Niccolo Machiavelli

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
by Robert Louis Stevenson

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Journey to the Center of the Earth
by Jules Verne

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
by Jules Verne

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Grapes of Wrath
by John Steinback

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A Clockwork Orange
by Anthony Burgess

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The Crucible
by Arthur Miller

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Lord of the Flies
by William Golding

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Of Mice and Men
by John Steinback

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One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest
by Ken Kesey

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Death of a Salesman
by Arthur Miller

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The Old Man and the Sea
by Ernest Hemingway

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Diary of A Young Girl
by Anne Frank

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Something Wicked This Way Comes
by Ray Bradbury

Blogmas #2: First and Then mini review

I almost forgot about Blogmas today! Its 10 p.m. here in Washington and I had forgotten that I meant to post my mini review, better late then never right??


First and Then
by Emma Mills
hardcover
my rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis via Goodreads

Devon Tennyson wouldn’t change a thing. She’s happy watching Friday night games from the bleachers, silently crushing on best friend Cas, and blissfully ignoring the future after high school. But the universe has other plans. It delivers Devon’s cousin Foster, an unrepentant social outlier with a surprising talent for football, and the obnoxiously superior and maddeningly attractive star running back, Ezra, right where she doesn’t want them: first into her P.E. class and then into every other aspect of her life.

Pride and Prejudice meets Friday Night Lights in this contemporary novel about falling in love with the unexpected boy, with a new brother, and with yourself.


While this took me a pretty long time to get into, for the most, it was enjoyable. That being said I did have quite a few issues with it.

-First, the pace was very slow at the start, it really took a while for the ball to get rolling.

-Second, there are so many unanswered questions at the end. I am dying to know what happens next, especially the question that was proposed at the start of the book…Did Devon get into Reeding? Nobody knows!

-Third, I wanted more backstory on one specific character, this one guy really eluded me because he had a minimal introduction, a significant impact at an event, and a confusing wrap up. Again I have more questions, where was he from? Why was he so intimidating?

I really wish there would be a follow up sequel to this because there were so many questions left unanswered. I also want there to be a companion novel for Jordan because he was so sweet and nice which is unusual for the “popular guy” character. Plus I need a follow up with Marabelle. Either I need a follow up or this needed to be 200 pages longer.


That’s my mini review, have you read this yet?

Waiting on Wednesday 11/16

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Waiting on Wednesday 11/16

Welcome back to Waiting on Wednesday, Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and you talk about books coming out soon that you’re excited about

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Fate of the Tearling
by Erika Johansen

Publishing date November 29th

synopsis via Goodreads:

The thrilling conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Tearling trilogy.

In less than a year, Kelsea Glynn has transformed from a gawky teenager into a powerful monarch. As she has come into her own as the Queen of the Tearling, the headstrong, visionary leader has also transformed her realm. In her quest to end corruption and restore justice, she has made many enemies—including the evil Red Queen, her fiercest rival, who has set her armies against the Tear.

To protect her people from a devastating invasion, Kelsea did the unthinkable—she gave herself and her magical sapphires to her enemy—and named the Mace, the trusted head of her personal guards, Regent in her place. But the Mace will not rest until he and his men rescue their sovereign, imprisoned in Mortmesne.

Now, as the suspenseful endgame begins, the fate of Queen Kelsea—and the Tearling itself—will finally be revealed.


I haven’t yet read the first books of this trilogy and here I am saying that I am anticipating the third book. I feel ridiculous.

But.

I’ve been holding off on reading the first two books until I got closer to the release date of book 3 so I can kind of marathon them.

This seems to be one of those books that you either love or hate but from reading the synopsis for The Queen of the Tearing it sounds like a book that’s going to appeal to me I have a good feeling about this book. Plus did you hear that Emma Watson is going to star in the movie adaption? Shes also going to be an executive producer for it so I am excited for it.

Empire of Storms review: featuring Sailor Moon gifs!

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Empire of Storms
by Sarah J Maas
hardcover
693 pgs
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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Synopsis via Goodreads:

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don’t.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

 


My thoughts:

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Alliances were forged.

Bridges were mended.

Everyone has a part to play in

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Omg! I loved this so much! Even though this book broke my heart into a million tiny little pieces and quite possibly killed my soul.

Sarah J Maas is a brilliant writer, from start to finish this book was action packed, gripping, and everything came together at the end so nicely.

But at the end, I was near destroyed. IRL I face planted on my bed and proceeded to have a mix of mental breakdown and panic attack. This book crushed my spirit and soul.

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 I will say that the book does have a bit of a slower pace, there’s a lot of build up throughout the story that sets off the events at the end, in that aspect it’s frustrating to read a 700 page book that’s mostly just building up for the events that will take place in the last 75 or so pages. On the bright side, this book is very detail oriented and I love when there are lots of details.

Okay let’s talk about the ships:

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Aelin and Rowan of course. I wasn’t really on this ship until they secured their bond, but I love how everything played out between them.

Lysandra and Aedion- Yes this is my favorite ship of the whole damn series! I freaking love these two so much and I love seeing them together and I really hope that we can see more of them in the last book and maybe a novella…*fingers crossed*

Dorian and Manon- No. Not about this ship at all. I do enjoy the lust filled scenes between them but as a relationship? No, I don’t like that idea at all.


This ending, though.

There were so many things that I did not see coming and I was sitting on my couch and my face probably looked like this.
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any doubts I might have been having for this installment were shoved aside as I raced to finish this book the fastest way I could. I can’t wait for the next book. Can it just be published already???

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