Thursday, December 13, 2018

A to Z Book Tag ~ 2018

I've been really slacking with my blog. I just haven't really been feeling it, you know? I always want to make the best blog I can have and I never end up doing any of the things I want to do. Does anyone else have this issue?

I could have sworn I did a tag like this back in 2016 but I think I did something entirely different. I don't remember. But I'm doing this while listening to A Gathering Of Shadows because I'm set on finishing this series before the end of this year!

This is going to be entirely based on 2018.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Weekly Recap: 12/3 - 12/9

AWAY FROM THE BLOG

This week has been super busy. I've worked a lot and didn't really have time to do too much. We did some shopping on Friday night after I got off work. We got some Christmas presents and we also discovered this amazing store called Ollie's. They have so many cheap books. You'll see that down below. 

We went to Lights of Lakeland last night. Basically, it's Christmas land. It was so unbelievably crowded. We didn't stay too long but we did have fun. Other than that, we didn't really do too much. I totally ate a shit ton of Taco Bell last night too. No regrets.

NEW BOOKS THIS WEEK

I was naughty with getting books this week. But, they were so cheap, I had to. Super cheap. A Million Junes: $1.99. R.I.P Eliza Hart: $3.99. Jane Unlimited: $1.99. Warcross: $1.99. It was an amazing haul this week. Didn't spend more than $20!


THIS WEEK I READ



POSTS FROM THE WEEK


Thursday, December 6, 2018

Book Blogger Insider Tag:

Hey guys, I'm coming at you today with a fun little book tag. I'm trying to do at least one random blog post a week that's not a book review or haul or anything like that. I didn't particularly want to do the Top Ten Tuesday topic for the week soooo I'm bringing you a tag.

I'm trying to read as much as I can this month. I've already finished two books and I'm working on my third. With that being said, I'm going to hurry up and do this tag and get to reading.

I have done this post in the past but I decided to do it again. Fight me.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Review: Sadie by Courtney Summers

Book 56/50
Title: Sadie
Author: Courtney Summers
Released: September 4th, 2018
Genre(s): Young Adult, Mystery
Page Count: 311
Purchase: Amazon - Kindle - Audiobook

Synopsis:
Sadie hasn't had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she's been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie's entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister's killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him.

When West McCray―a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America―overhears Sadie's story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie's journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it's too late.
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Sunday, December 2, 2018

Weekly Recap: 11/26 - 12/2


AWAY FROM THE BLOG


It's finally December! The best month of the year. I'm looking forward to so many thing this month and I can't wait to share them with all of you. As for last week, I didn't do too much. I worked late a lot this week and it's hard to go out and get anything done when I have to work late. 

As you can see, I've made changes to my blog... again. That was my main focus for this week. I wanted everything to look clean and simple. I didn't want to do the crazy filters on my photos anymore. I'm really liking the white minimal look. What do you guys think?

NEW BOOKS THIS WEEK


This is yet another Goodreads giveaway I won. I've been doing pretty good with luck with Goodreads this last part of the year. I actually have another win on the way!


THIS WEEK I READ

I didn't get a lot of reading done this week. I only finished one book, unfortunately. ADSOM was a pretty good book. I didn't fall in love with it like everyone else, though.


POSTS FROM THE WEEK


Saturday, December 1, 2018

November Reading Wrap Up:

This was a pretty decent reading month for me. I read my first graphic novel, Speak. I was surprised with how quick I read it. Less than four hours! I also read the behemoth, Kingdom of Ash. BOY, I never thought I was going to finish that thing.

I ended up finishing the month with some contemporaries. Honestly, after KoA, I didn't want to jump back into a fantasy right after I just finished this amazing series.

As you can also see throughout this month, I've had a lot of changes done to everything. I've changed my photos. A lot. I've changed my theme. A lot. I'm having a crisis if you couldn't tell.

November 2018 Book Haul:

This month was a good book buying month. I spent a little more than I probably should have. That's okay. It's good to splurge every now and then.

As you can see, I went through many crises with my photos. I still don't know how I'm going to take them. But we'll see I guess.

Review: A Darker Shade Of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Book 55/50
Title: A Darker Shade Of Magic
Author: V.E. Schwab
Released: February 24th, 2015
Genre(s): Fantasy
Page Count: 398
Purchase: Amazon - Kindle - Audiobook

Synopsis: 
Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.

Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.

Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they'll never see. It's a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they'll first need to stay alive.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Books With Same Titles?

There are books out there that share the same titles. In my personal opinion, that's going to be inevitable. There's so many books that get published throughout the year and there's millions of books that have been published in the past.

To me, it seams impossible that a book title won't be shared.

Just as long as the content inside of those books aren't similar, I don't think titles should matter. There's only so much people can do with titles. People don't purchase books based on their titles.

Well, I know I don't.

I purchase books based off their synopsis and the hype surrounding that book. I could care less about the name of the book to be honest.

What do you guys think on this matter?

I just think it's interesting that someone would think that someone who has written like 30 books is trying to "shamelessly profit" off your success of one book. You're not the only one who came up with that title.


Thursday, November 29, 2018

Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations to Sandra in Croatia! Thank you for entering my contest and I really hope you will enjoy your copy of Vengeful be V.E. Schwab!

Thank you to everyone who entered. It really means a lot to me. I'm going to take a little break from doing the giveaways until after the holiday season is done. I'm focused on buying gifts for my family at the moment and don't have the extra funds for the giveaways.

I think the next giveaways I do will be on Instagram. Be on the lookout for that!

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Monday, November 26, 2018

End Of The Year Book Tag:


Where has this year gone? I swear, as I get older the years go by faster. This was such a wonderful book/reading year for me. I'm so happy with all the things I've accomplished this year.

I got rid of so many books this year. Something I thought I would never do. If I didn't, I'd have over 1,000 books in our tiny apartment. As much as my book loving heart would love to fill my home with tons of books, it's just not logical.

I met my Goodreads goal! That's what I'm most excited about. I'm so freaking happy. My goal was 50 books for the year and I'm at 54!!

I'm going to get into the questions now because I need to get some reading done.

Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?
I'm currently reading A Darker Shade Of Magic and I'm obviously planning on finishing this book. I started reading And I Darken and I'm not sure if I'll finish it. Which sucks because I bought the entire series. I may be doing a giveaway for it!

Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?
I don't read books based off the seasons... but A Darker Shade Of Magic seems to have some autumnal vibes.

Is there a new release you're still waiting for?
I just need The Wicked King in my life. I NEED it!

What three books do you want to read before the end of the year?
I would like to finish ADSOM. I definitely want to read Sadie. Also, Children of Blood and Bone.

Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favorite book of the year?
Broken Things by Lauren Oliver. I bought this the other day because I read the first paragraph and I couldn't not but it.

Have you already started making reading plans for 2019?
No. Although, I do plan on doing a reread of Harry Potter!

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Weekly Recap: 11/19 - 11/25


AWAY FROM THE BLOG

As you all may know, this week was Thanksgiving. There's nothing better than getting to spend time with family. We drove about an hour and a half to Sarasota to visit family that we don't really get to see throughout the year. It was amazing. We met so many new people and my son was enjoying all the attention from everyone. 

I'm also very happy to say that we've got most of our Christmas shopping done for our son. Black Friday may be hectic, but it's well worth it. Video games are not cheap!

I hope you all had a nice Holiday and that it was filled with smiles and laughter. 

NEW BOOKS THIS WEEK

I was a bad girl this week. I won This Is How It Always Is in a Goodreads giveaway, which is always exciting. I just couldn't help myself with buying these books though. 

                   

THIS WEEK I READ

    

POSTS FROM THE WEEK


BOOK DEPOSITORY GIVEAWAY

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Review: What To Say Next by Julie Buxbaum

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Title: What To Say Next
Author: Julie Buxbaum
Released: July 11th, 2017
Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance 
Page Count: 292
Purchase: Amazon - Kindle - Audiobook

Synopsis: 
Sometimes a new perspective is all that is needed to make sense of the world.

KIT: I don’t know why I decide not to sit with Annie and Violet at lunch. It feels like no one here gets what I’m going through. How could they? I don’t even understand.

DAVID: In the 622 days I’ve attended Mapleview High, Kit Lowell is the first person to sit at my lunch table. I mean, I’ve never once sat with someone until now. “So your dad is dead,” I say to Kit, because this is a fact I’ve recently learned about her.

When an unlikely friendship is sparked between relatively popular Kit Lowell and socially isolated David Drucker, everyone is surprised, most of all Kit and David. Kit appreciates David’s blunt honesty—in fact, she finds it bizarrely refreshing. David welcomes Kit’s attention and her inquisitive nature. When she asks for his help figuring out the how and why of her dad’s tragic car accident, David is all in. But neither of them can predict what they’ll find. Can their friendship survive the truth?
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My Review:

"The thing is, sometimes people grow from breaking."

I think I'm going to enjoy everything that Julie Buxbaum writes. I really liked this book. I think it was super adorable. I don't think I've read a book where one of the main characters has Autism before. I have a younger brother that has Autism and I feel like this book depicted it well.

David is my favorite. I love him. He's such an amazing character and my heart is with him throughout this entire book. When we get little flashbacks of him being bullied. When someone doesn't understand him. I was rooting for him and Kit this entire book. At times, I didn't even want Kit to have him. I was very jealous of this fictional character. 

"I think about what it would be like to kiss her, to touch my fingertip to her clavicle cluster, to not worry about our physical boundaries. I imagine it would be like splitting an atom, a distillation into component parts. Everything is small enough to be countable. Everything as perfect and forever as pi."

This book shows you just how cruel high school can be to those who are different. I think this book is really important in showing how people who have autism or any other type of impairment thinks and feels. I think everyone should be educated on how to act and react around people like David. 

I really enjoyed my time reading this book. That little plot twist at the end really surprised me. I wasn't really expecting that but it made a few other little things that went on in this book click. I wasn't expecting it. 

I'm pretty sure that Julie is an autobuy author for me now. I've read two of her books now and loved them both.

4/5 Stars

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I'm Grateful For


I figured, I can do this one. It's a freebie and I'm sure there's a decent amount of books I've read that I'm grateful for. With Thanksgiving around the corner and everyone will be giving thanks, I decided I'm going to give thanks to these amazing books that I've read and adored.

Some of these books are really important to me in many ways. I'll get descriptive with each book that I post.

With that being said, here are the books that I'm grateful for.

Also, I'm not going to include Harry Potter in this list. Yes, I am grateful for Harry Potter. Beyond grateful. I just think it's something that everyone would already know.

What books are you grateful for? And why?

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Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

This is a book that has sentimental value to me. To me, it's not just a book about a kick ass female who kills a crap ton of bad guys.

It's much more than that.

My grandma bought me this book when I first moved in with her. It got me back to reading. This book made me fall for the written text again.

My grandma has since passed. I'm twenty-five and I still have the copy of this series that she bought me.

I don't think I'll ever part with it.
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A Court Of Thorns And Roses by Sarah J. Maas

I used to read a lot of fantasy back in the day. I was constantly read vampire books and falling in love with things that don't exist.

When I got back into reading, again, I was strictly reading contemporary or romance. Thinking I've outgrown the fantasy worlds that I used to love.

In 2017 I read one fantasy book. Just one.

This book reminded me that I love to escape the real world. I don't need everything to be real for me to love it.


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Come This Way by Michelle Schlicher

This is the first book I was ever sent free for a review.

Michelle very kindly sent me an e-copy of this book and I read it in like two days. I devoured this book. I know it was with the excitement that someone wanted me to read their book.

I didn't want to let Michelle down.

I loved this book. It was such a wonderful read. I'm really glad that my first reviewing experience wasn't with a book I didn't like.

I will have to get a physical copy of this book soon!
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Monsters In The Dark by Pepper Winters

This is one of my all-time favorite books. I'm grateful because this book taught me to never be ashamed of what I read.

I'm sure lugging around this 800 page book with this cover got me some looks. And you know what?

I don't care.

I love what I read. As should everyone else. Don't let anyone let you feel bad for reading what you do. Don't let them make you feel shameful.

Give them a nice hand gesture and get back to your book.

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One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

This is the book I was most proud of for the longest time. It was my first ARC!

I was constantly wondering what I was doing to never receive any ARCs and I just happened to have won this in a Goodreads giveaway.

It took me about three days to finish this book and I was stoked on it. I was so scared I was going to hate it.

I didn't want to give a bad review for a book that wasn't even released yet!

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Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines

This is the first book to ever make me cry. Ugly cry.

I read this book in May of 2017. My grandma passed away in March 2017.

It really hit home and made me feel everything I was keeping bottled up from missing my grandma.

I wish I can say I had this book with me when she passed.

It probably would have been ruined with all of my tears. My grandma doesn't like ruined books. Maybe it was a good thing I hadn't read it yet.
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Confess by Colleen Hoover

Are any of my lists complete without a book by Colleen in them?

I was just browsing through Books A Million one day and saw this gorgeous cover. I had to have it on my pretty bare shelves.

Little did I know, this book opened up the biggest can of worms that is Colleen Hoover's books.

I went on a mission to buy as many as I could with what little money I was making at my shit part-time job.

Her books will always have a home on my shelves. No matter how packed they get.
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Review: Far From You by Tess Sharpe

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Title: Far From You
Author: Tess Sharpe
Released: March 27th, 2014
Genre(s): Young Adult, Mystery, LGBTQ+, Contemporary
Page Count: 352
Purchase: Amazon - Kindle

Synopsis:
Sophie Winters nearly died. Twice.

The first time, she's fourteen, and escapes a near-fatal car accident with scars, a bum leg, and an addiction to Oxy that'll take years to kick.

The second time, she's seventeen, and it's no accident. Sophie and her best friend Mina are confronted by a masked man in the woods. Sophie survives, but Mina is not so lucky. When the cops deem Mina's murder a drug deal gone wrong, casting partial blame on Sophie, no one will believe the truth: Sophie has been clean for months, and it was Mina who led her into the woods that night for a meeting shrouded in mystery.

After a forced stint in rehab, Sophie returns home to a chilly new reality. Mina's brother won't speak to her, her parents fear she'll relapse, old friends have become enemies, and Sophie has to learn how to live without her other half. To make matters worse, no one is looking in the right places and Sophie must search for Mina's murderer on her own. But with every step, Sophie comes closer to revealing all: about herself, about Mina and about the secret they shared.
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My Review:

"It was Mina this whole time, wasn't it?"

I don't know what I was expecting from this book. I bought it on a whim, this gorgeous cover realing me in. I've had this book for the longest time and my app finally chose this book for me to read. After reading the first chapter, I didn't think I was going to like this book. Just the way Sophie interacted with her therapist made me not like her at first. 

When I finally got into the story and over my bad first impression with the main character, I fell in love with this mystery. I thought I had it figured out. I thought I knew who the killer was. I thought. 

"I'll choose you. No matter how hard it is. No matter what people say. 
Every time, I'll choose you. It's up to you to choose me back."

This is an engrossing story of Sophie trying to figure out who murdered Mina. Her best friend. Her secret. I was wondering from the start. I needed to know. Boy, was I wrong about who the killer was. I wasn't expecting that and it left me staring at this book like an idiot. 

This book isn't just about the mystery, though. I think that's what I love. You get to see Sophie fighting with her family. Her family not trusting that she's been clean and will stay clean. You see friendships falter and come back together. You get a glimpse into life before Mina is murdered. There is so much to this book, I'm surprised it was fit in such a small book. 

“But this is the thing about struggling out of that hole you've put yourself in: 
the higher you climb, the farther you have to fall.”

I really enjoyed my time reading this. I just don't think it's five-star worthy. I hate the "scooby-doo" trope, as I call it. I hate that the kids go out looking for the answers and putting themselves in unnecessary danger. I know that without that, this wouldn't have been much of a read. I'm still rating it pretty high. Just not as high as I could have.

I loved the past and present feature in this book. I loved getting to know Mina even though she is dead. I'm not a big fan of their relationship though. I think Mina was an addiction for Sophie. I was not a fan of how Mina seemed to tease Sophie to just go and date a guy. It was abusive. Mina couldn't make up her mind and they both had to suffer. This unintentional abuse from Mina is another reason why this book didn't get five stars. 

Mina did not deserve Sophie. Fight me.

4/5 Stars

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Weekly Recap: 11/12 - 11/18

AWAY FROM THE BLOG

As you guys can see, I'm trying to be a better blogger. I really want my blog to be better. Bare with me. I didn't do too much away from my blog because I've been obsessing over it for the last week. I just want something I'm proud of, you know? 

We put our Christmas decorations up! I'm not entirely sure what day we put them up on. It may not have even been this week. I got in the Christmas spirit about five months ago and I'm finally able to express it!


With the upcoming holiday season, I can already tell you I'm going to be super busy. Luckily, I made my Goodreads goal! I don't have to worry about getting reading done as soon as possible. I also, made that goal this week. Yay for accomplishments!

NEW BOOKS THIS WEEK


THIS WEEK I READ



POSTS FROM THE WEEK


BOOK DEPOSITORY GIVEAWAY

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Mental Health Read:


Eliza And Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia has great anxiety representation. I related to how Eliza feels when anxiety does decide it wants to attack. It was just a great read all together. Go read it. Now.

I haven't read Girl In Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow yet. Scrolling through Goodreads, I've seen many high ratings and recommendations for this book. I'm not entirely sure which mental health disorder this book covers and I don't know if it's done well. Maybe I'll see soon.

What mental health books do you recommend?

Friday, November 16, 2018

Currently Reading:


The Last Wish Of Sasha Cade by Cheyanne Young. I am really loving this book. It's so heart wrenching. The first chapter made me cry! I'm dying to finish it and see how it ends. I also want this book to last forever.

I'm also reading And I Darken by Kiersten White. It's taking me a little while to get through this one. I just don't understand where this book is supposed to be going. Nothing about it makes sense to me. Please tell me the ending is good?

What are you currently reading?

*Edit: Here's the joy about posting things ahead of time and just scheduling them. I finished The Last Wish Of Sasha Cade last night and loved it. Such a wonderful read! But now that I'm done with that book, maybe I can try to power through And I Darken.

Review: The Last Wish Of Sasha Cade by Cheyanne Young


Synopsis:
The day Raquel has been dreading for months has finally arrived. Sasha, her best friend in the whole world, has died of cancer. Overwhelmed and brokenhearted, Raquel can't even imagine life without her.

And then a letter from Sasha arrives. Has she somehow found a way to communicate from beyond the grave?

In fact, Sasha spent her final weeks planning an elaborate scavenger hunt for the friend she would have to leave behind. When Raquel follows the instructions to return to Sasha's grave, a mysterious stranger with striking eyes is waiting for her. There's a secret attached to this boy that only Sasha --- and now Raquel --- knows.

This boy, Elijah, might be just who Raquel needs to help her move on from her terrible loss. But can Raquel remain true to herself while also honoring her friend's final wish?

Cheyanne Young's compulsively readable breakout novel offers abiding friendship and forbidden romance, along with an incisive look at how class differences shape who we are and who we grow to be.

Purchase: Amazon - Kindle

My Review:
*I received a copy of this book free for my honest review*

This book has managed to break my heart and mend it. Many times. I could feel like crying my eyes out in one chapter and joyous the next. This book is just so freaking amazing.

I really feel like the idea of this book is similar to Thirteen Reasons Why. Just done WAY better. This is something that Netflix should definitely adapt. I would have to have tissues next to me with every episode.

I love Raquel. And I love Sasha. That's the kind of friendship that doesn't come around often and I'm super jealous that they found that. Sasha is the kind of friend that everyone needs. Even in death, she's an amazing friend. Sasha has plans for Raquel after she passes. Awesome plans. I don't know how she planned them out but it just had me in awe that someone fighting cancer managed to do all of this.

The romance in this book is beautiful. It's a friends to lovers trope. But I mean, that's perfectly fine. It didn't happen instantly and I loved that. I love that with every adventure Sasha gives Raquel and Elijah, they get closer.

I loved the family dynamics in this book. Both families are perfect. And for the Cades to continue to see Sasha's best friend after death is amazing. Even helping her out when needed. I really loved that Cheyanne didn't make Raquel's family feel any less than the Cades. Even if they don't have the same privilege as Sasha's family, they're still very loving.

I loved this book. But there's one thing I need to know. How did Sasha pull all of this off?? I need to know. ASAP.

This is definitely one of my favorite books of the year. Hell, it's made it's way up to my favorites of all time. It's so beautiful.

Thank you so much Cheyanne for sending me a copy of your amazing book. Thank you for blessing my reading life with this masterpiece.

5/5 Stars

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Favorite Book Trope:


I really love the "friends to lovers" trope. I really enjoy the build up to something that you know is going to be amazing.  Emergency Contact is a great example of this trope. The build up takes up a good majority of the book and I just love that.

I also really wish that it wasn't so slow. In Emergency Contact, you don't really get to see Penny and Sam's romantic relationship. I need more!

What is your favorite book trope?


Not Going To Tumblr?


I'm not going to Tumblr? I'm having a crisis with my blogging and I don't know what to do about it. I just really hate that there isn't an app for Blogger. It's quite frustrating. I want to change how I do some posts though.

As you can see, I already have my Christmas vibes going on in my photos. That's one thing that'll be different for this holiday season. What do you guys think?

Also, I will be doing a lot more random postings. I'm going to post random quotes that I find while reading. I may even post what I post on Instagram here as well. I plan on revamping Instagram as well. To become better.

I'm just stuck in a rut and I want my content to be better. If you have any suggestions, please let me know in the comments.

I will also be changing up my theme... again. I get so bored with themes so quick.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Book Review: Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

Synopsis:
Aelin has risked everything to save her people―but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture. Aware that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, though her resolve begins to unravel with each passing day…

With Aelin captured, Aedion and Lysandra remain the last line of defense to protect Terrasen from utter destruction. Yet they soon realize that the many allies they’ve gathered to battle Erawan’s hordes might not be enough to save them. Scattered across the continent and racing against time, Chaol, Manon, and Dorian are forced to forge their own paths to meet their fates. Hanging in the balance is any hope of salvation―and a better world.

And across the sea, his companions unwavering beside him, Rowan hunts to find his captured wife and queen―before she is lost to him forever.

Purchase:  Amazon - Kindle - Audiobook

My Review:
I originally planned on writing my thoughts for every single chapter of this book. I stopped at like chapter nine. That would have been so much work for how long this book is. Time I did not unfortunately have.

This book left me broken. Happy. But broken. I was very fortunate to not have to wait too long for this last book. I feel for all those who had to wait years for this.

I'm satisfied with how the Throne Of Glass series has ended. I can safely say that none of my predictions came true. I'm happy about it but also kind of disappointed.

I was in tears, my heart breaking through some parts of this book. My heart was racing through all the war scenes. The best in this entire series. They didn't let me down one bit.

I'm really trying to not give any spoilers. I was not spoiled and so I will not spoil it for those who still haven't read it yet.

Just know that this book was amazing. Every single page of it. I really wish I could have devoured it faster than I did.

My heart is warm. My soul is complete. Thank you Sarah J. Maas for bringing this wonderful world to life. I'm glad to know that I can always visit Terrasen whenever I wish.

5/5 Stars

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Book Review: Speak The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson and Artwork by Emily Carroll


TITLE: Speak: The Graphic Novel
AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR: Laurie Halse Anderson + Emily Carroll
PUBLICATION DATE: February 6th, 2018
GENRES: Graphic Novel, Young Adult, Realistic Fiction
PAGE COUNT: 374
PURCHASE: Amazon - Kindle
MY RATING: 4/5 Stars

SYNOPSIS: "Speak up for yourself-we want to know what you have to say."

From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless--an outcast--because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her. Through her work on an art project, she is finally able to face what really happened that night: She was raped by an upperclassman, a guy who still attends Merryweather and is still a threat to her.
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This is the first graphic novel I have ever read. I wanted to make sure I hit my Goodreads goal this month. Because it appears that Kingdom of Ash is taking forever to finish. *insert heavily emotional sigh here*

I'm not entirely sure what I was expecting going into this book. I have yet to read the original copy of this book, Speak. I'm pretty sure I would have understood a few things better if I had read that book first. I just wanted something I could read within like three hours and call it a day. This book was hard hitting. 

I knew this book covered a heavy topic. With that being said, I'm going to go ahead and slap that trigger warning here for sexual assault, self harm, depression, anxiety, PTSD and victim shaming.

What I Liked: 
I find books that cover topics like this very interesting. Can I really say that I enjoyed anything about this book? No, I can't. I really can't. Books like this aren't supposed to be enjoyable. They're supposed to send a message. Did this book do that?

Yes, it did.

The images in this book really painted what the author wanted to share to the world. They made me feel many things. I have felt the things that Melinda feels throughout this book. This book is going to sit with me for a very long time.

This book is authentic. Reading it, you can tell that the author had experience in the matter. Anyone that has experienced this will leave this book with a heavy heart.

This book was done right. 100% right.

What I Didn't Like:
Absolutely nothing.

Overall Thoughts:
I can't believe how long it's taken me to read a version of this book. It's such an impactful read. This book is just amazing it's own way.

Who Would I Recommend To: 
Everyone needs to pick this book up and read it. Whether it's the original copy or the graphic novel. Read it.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

October 2018 Book Haul:

This haul has to be the smallest I've ever done. But this is how I want my hauls to look. At least until I get my TBR down by a lot.

I only purchased one book this month and I'm pretty sure you can guess which one that was.

I was kindly sent The Last Wish Of Sasha Cade by the author, Cheyanne Young. I'm really intrigued with this book that I know may break my heart.

Kingdom of Ash is my most anticipated book of 2018. I didn't start reading this series until about April of this year and this series has made it to my favorites list. I absolutely love it.

What books did you get in October? 
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Synopsis:
The day Raquel has been dreading for months has finally arrived. Sasha, her best friend in the whole world -- the best friend in the whole world -- has died of cancer. Raquel can’t imagine life without her. She’s overwhelmed and brokenhearted.

And then a letter from Sasha arrives. Has she somehow found a way to communicate from the afterlife?

In fact, Sasha has planned an elaborate scavenger hunt for Raquel, and when she follows the instructions to return to Sasha’s grave, a mysterious stranger with striking eyes is waiting for her. There’s a secret attached to this boy that only Sasha—and now Raquel—knows.

This boy, Elijah, might be just what Raquel needs to move on from her terrible loss. But can Raquel remain true to herself while also honoring her friend’s final wish?

Purchase: Amazon - Kindle

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Synopsis: 
Aelin has risked everything to save her people―but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture. Aware that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, though her resolve begins to unravel with each passing day…

With Aelin captured, Aedion and Lysandra remain the last line of defense to protect Terrasen from utter destruction. Yet they soon realize that the many allies they’ve gathered to battle Erawan’s hordes might not be enough to save them. Scattered across the continent and racing against time, Chaol, Manon, and Dorian are forced to forge their own paths to meet their fates. Hanging in the balance is any hope of salvation―and a better world.

And across the sea, his companions unwavering beside him, Rowan hunts to find his captured wife and queen―before she is lost to him forever.

As the threads of fate weave together at last, all must fight, if they are to have a chance at a future. Some bonds will grow even deeper, while others will be severed forever in the explosive final chapter of the Throne of Glass series.

Purchase: Amazon - Kindle - Audiobook
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