August 2021 Wrap-Up

Before I even get into any actual monthly updates, let me take a moment to apologize for my inactivity last month! I was crazy busy for the entirety of August, so I had very little time to read and even less time to blog.

Why was I so busy, might you ask? Well… *takes a deep breath* A couple weeks ago, I returned to normal, in-person classes for the first time in what feels like forever! It was… wild, to say the least. Seeing everyone on campus after months of online learning was so surreal, especially since we’ve all changed so much over the past year and a half. But overall, I’m so glad to be back. Zoom school took a major toll on my mental health, and even though I’ve only been taking in-person classes for a few weeks now, I’m already feeling happier and more energized.

The only downside is that classwork, homework, and extracurriculars now take up nearly all of my time, and like I mentioned above, I barely got the chance to read anything last month! I’ve been trying to catch up on my reading over the weekends, but I’m still not at all close to reading as much as I did over summer break, or even over those many months of lockdown.

Not having tons of free time to read and blog has been a really difficult adjustment for me, not gonna lie. But hey, it is what is it.

I only read three books last month, but two of them were really memorable ones! Let’s take a look:

Total Number of Books Read: 3

Amazon.com: The Broken Ones eBook : Jensen, Danielle L.: Kindle Store

The Broken Ones by Danielle L. Jensen: Out of the three books I read last month, The Broken Ones was definitely my least favorite. I had a feeling I wasn’t going to like it, since prequels are usually not my thing. But I still held out hope that it would surprise me… After all, Danielle L. Jensen is one of my all time favorite authors. But while The Broken Ones certainly wasn’t terrible, it wasn’t all that great either. Both of the leading characters were so lovesick and naive that they were borderline unbearable to read about, and their romance was incredibly underdeveloped as well. The only thing that really kept me invested in the book was the political intrigue, which has always been one of my favorite aspects of DLJ’s writing. But other than that, there wasn’t much else I liked about The Broken Ones. I’ll stick to the original Malediction series, thanks! Rating: ★★★☆☆

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All the Light We Cannot See - Wikipedia

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr: It”s been far too long since I’ve read some good historical fiction, and Anthony Doerr’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel was the perfect book to satisfy that need! This story is tragic, heartbreaking, and beautiful, and it’s guaranteed to have you feeling all the feels. The beginning of the book was a tad slow, but it didn’t take long for me to get completely sucked into it! Doerr truly has some of the most stunning prose I’ve ever read, and I couldn’t help but fall deeply in love with his wonderfully crafted characters. I can’t believe it took me so long to pick this gem of a novel up! Rating: ★★★★☆

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Amazon.com: Six Crimson Cranes: 9781529356557: Lim, Elizabeth: Books

Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim: I absolutely adored Elizabeth Lim’s Blood of the Stars duology, so you can imagine how stoked I was to pick up the first book in her newest series: Six Crimson Cranes! I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as Blood of the Stars, but it was still very entertaining. I loved the characters and magic system so much, and I’m eagerly awaiting the release of the next book after that MASSIVE cliffhanger! Rating: ★★★★☆

July 2021 Wrap-Up

This month, I want to focus on improving my time management skills so I’m able to read more. I’m hoping to finish six or seven books by the end of September, but we’ll see how it goes. Some of the books I want to read this month are My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell, Gods & Monsters by Shelby Mahurin, Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid, and my ARC of Once Upon a Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber!

What books did you read in August? Be sure to let me know down below in the comment section! I hope you all had a fantastic month!

Until next time,

July 2021 Wrap-Up

July was a pretty mediocre reading month for me.

I spent the first week of the month on vacation with my family, which was super relaxing. But then came the post-vacation reading slump, which STILL hasn’t gone away. I know experiencing reading slumps from time to time is inevitable, but it still sucks. Because of my slumpy mood, I didn’t read or blog as much as I would’ve liked to in July, but I still managed to read a few great books!

Amazon.com: Defy the Night (9781547604661): Kemmerer, Brigid: Books

Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer (ARC): Defy the Night was easily the best book I read last month! It had a gripping plot, fascinating characters, amazing romance… What more could I possibly ask for? This book was so addictive, and I’m so sad to be finished with it because the wait for the sequel is going to be HORRIBLE. Brigid Kemmerer… Please write fast! Rating: ★★★★★

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These Violent Delights (These Violent Delights, #1) by Chloe Gong

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong: It took me awhile to get fully sucked into this book, but one I was, I couldn’t put it down. I absolutely loved the dynamic between the two rival gangs in the story, as well as the complicated relationship between Roma and Juliette, our two main characters. I also loved all of the nods to Romeo and Juliet (the inspiration behind this book), which just so happens to be my favorite classic! Rating: ★★★★☆

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Amazon.com: The Rest of the Story (9780062933638): Dessen, Sarah: Books

The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessan: This was a pretty generic YA Contemporary novel, but I liked it nonetheless! It was the perfect summer read, and I loved its themes of found family and self discovery. The characters and romance were charming, and so were the friendships and familial relationships. Overall, this book was nothing special, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it. Rating: ★★★★☆

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Amazon.com: A Curse So Dark and Lonely (The Cursebreaker Series)  (9781681195087): Kemmerer, Brigid: Books

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer (Re-read): I re-read A Curse So Dark and Lonely so I could pick up its sequels with a refreshed memory. I was a little scared to do so, because I thought that maybe I wouldn’t enjoy the book as much as I had the first time I read it. But thankfully, I did! This story is such a spectacular twist on Beauty and the Beast, especially with its complicated characters and amazing romance. Re-reading it made me so excited to start the sequels! Rating: ★★★★½

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Amazon.com: A Heart So Fierce and Broken (The Cursebreaker Series)  (9781681195117): Kemmerer, Brigid: Books

A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer: A Heart So Fierce and Broken wasn’t quite as good as A Curse So Dark and Lonely, but I still really liked it! I loved how politically driven the plot was (something about politics in fantasy novels just fascinates me!), and I also enjoyed getting to know several of the new characters that were introduced in this novel (such as Lia Mara, Tycho, and Nola Verin). However, my biggest complaint about this book is that some of the characters from the first novel were completely villainized. Some of the things a certain person in particular did were so cruel and out of character! It was a big bummer, especially considering how much I was enjoying all of the other aspects of the book. Rating: ★★★★☆

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Half-Blood (Covenant Series #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Paperback |  Barnes & Noble®

Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout: Ugh, my girl Jennifer L. Armentrout has really been letting me down lately! First with The Crown of Gilded Bones, and now with this book! To be fair, it really wasn’t that bad, but with the promise of an epic YA paranormal novel inspired by Greek Mythology, I was expecting a whole lot more than what I got. A majority of the book felt really boring and cliche to me, and things only got interesting near the end. I’m going to give the sequel a chance, because I’m still intrigued enough to continue on with the series, but I’ll be really disappointed if it’s as dull as book one! Rating: ★★★☆☆

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These Hollow Vows (These Hollow Vows, #1) by Lexi Ryan

These Hollow Vows by Lexi Ryan: It’s difficult for me to rate this book, because my feelings about it completely depend on which portion of the story you’re referring to. The thing is, I found the first half to be extremely boring, with very little character development and world building. Then, once I hit the halfway point, things picked up a bit, and the characters and relationships were fleshed out more. Then came the last hundred pages, which were absolutely amazing! My eyes were glued to the pages, and that final plot twist blew my mind. So, long story short, I’d say that this book went from mediocre, to decent, to fantastic, all over the course of 450 pages. Rating: ★★★½

June 2021 Wrap-Up

ARC Review: Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer

I’m trying to be extra cautious with the books I read in August, because the last thing I want to do is pick up a really boring one and worsen my reading slump! A few titles I have a lot of faith in are Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim, Small Favors by Erin A. Craig, and Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. These three books are all written by authors whose work I’ve enjoyed in the past, so I have a feeling they’ll help pull me out of my dreadful slump!

I hope July was a great reading month for you all! Please let me know what books you read last month and/or which ones you’re planning on picking up in August!

Until next time,

June 2021 Wrap-Up

Sorry for posting this wrap up so late! I just got back from vacation, and I’d been taking a brief break from blogging. But I’m back now!

June has always been one of my favorite months of the year, because it marks the start of summer, the season full of sunshine, relaxation, beach trips, and all that good stuff. I’ve been on summer break for the past few weeks, and I’ve had such an amazing time catching up on my reading all while enjoying the epic summer vibes surrounding me! I went to the beach multiple times last month, which was so much fun, since it’s one of my favorite places! What reader doesn’t love reading in the warm summer sand with the gentle crash of waves in the background? It’s so peaceful!

With all of the free time summer break has given me, I managed to read a lot in June! And many of the books I read were incredible! Let’s go ahead and take a look at them, shall we?

Total number of books read: 14

The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes | Little, Brown Books for  Young Readers

The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes: In all honesty, this book was a bit of a let down. It definitely wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t nearly as good as I expected it to be, having read so many glowing reviews for it. The pacing was rather slow (especially for the first half of the book), and I feel as though the characters could have been better developed. The plot twists were well thought out, but some of them, particularly the one at the end, just seemed odd to me. I guess I’ll have to read the sequel in hopes that things will be further explained! Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Amazon.com: The Ones We're Meant to Find (9781250258564): He, Joan: Books

The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He: This book has me so conflicted! On one hand, the concept behind it was insanely interesting, and every single aspect of the world was incredibly detailed. On the other hand, many parts of the book were really slow paced. The first half of it was difficult to get through, and even though it picked up significantly after 200 pages or so, it took too long for things to get exciting. I should also mention that the book is written in dual POV… One of the risks of reading a story written in multiple perspectives is that you might have one POV feel much more compelling than the other. Unfortunately, that was the case in The Ones We’re Meant to Find. I think this is mainly because Joan He decided to write one character in 1st Person POV, and the other in 3rd Person POV… which made no sense to me. I connected with the 1st Person POV way more, and the 3rd Person POV just ended up feeling dull and monotonous. But, despite its flaws, I still think that The Ones We’re Meant to Find was a very well written sci-fi novel, and I’m glad I read it! Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Amazon.com: House of Hollow (9780593110348): Sutherland, Krystal: Books

House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland: I went into this book with sky-high expectations, and it did not disappoint! It was the perfect mix of fantasy, horror, and mystery, and I swear, my eyes were literally glued to the pages! Krystal Sutherland did an excellent job of building up suspense while still maintaining a fast-paced, entertaining plot. All of the twists and turns had me on the edge of my seat, and I was never once bored. I still can’t get over that shocking, sickening plot twist that was revealed at the very end… I DID NOT SEE IT COMING AT ALL! House of Hollow is easily one of the most original books I’ve ever read and from here on out, I’ll be recommending it to everyone I know! Rating: ★★★★★

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Beach Read by Emily Henry: 9781984806734 | PenguinRandomHouse.com: Books

Beach Read by Emily Henry: I liked this book a lot! It was more than just the light-hearted rom-com I expected it to be– It had heavy themes of grief, trauma, and depression, all of which I think were portrayed in a very raw, realistic way. The characters were extremely complex, and their emotions were written so vividly. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a heavy, emotional romance novel that contains both happy, joyful moments, and poignant, sad ones. Rating: ★★★★☆

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Amazon.com: An Emotion of Great Delight (9780062972415): Mafi, Tahereh:  Books

An Emotion of Great Delight by Tahereh Mafi: Tahereh Mafi is one of my all time favorite authors, and every single one of her books that I’ve read has been great! An Emotion of Great Delight was no exception! It’s such an emotional book that will REALLY have you feeling all the feels. All of the characters were so complicated and well developed, even the supporting ones! My only complaint is that sometimes, the flowery, poetic writing could be so packed full of similes, metaphors, and imagery that everything just felt… chaotic. Tahereh Mafi is a truly talented author, but in this book, the writing just felt a little too over-the-top for my personal taste. But, nonetheless, An Emotion of Great Delight is still a fantastic, powerful novel that I’d highly recommend! Rating: ★★★★☆

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The Kiss Quotient: Hoang, Helen: 9780451490803: Amazon.com: Books

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang: I was scared that this book wouldn’t live up to the hype, but it most definitely did! It was so adorable and entertaining, and I’m 100% in love with both of the main characters. I also have to applaud the fantastic autism rep. I’ve read so many reviews from readers who saw themselves in the autistic MC, Stella, and were inspired to seek out diagnoses! Isn’t that amazing? You can rest assured that I’ll be picking up more of Helen Hoang’s work in the near future, since I can’t get enough of her writing! Rating: ★★★★☆

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The Handmaid's Tale: Atwood, Margaret: 9780385490818: Amazon.com: Books

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood: This book is equal parts frightening, disturbing, and compelling. The world of Gilead has quickly become one of my favorite dystopian settings, not just because it’s sickeningly fascinating, but also because it doesn’t feel impossible. It’s a demonstration of our society’s potential future, which is what makes it truly scary. I’ve heard that the show adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale is even better than the novel, so I’m off to watch that next. Wish me luck! Rating: ★★★★☆

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Amazon.com: Tweet Cute: A Novel (9781250237323): Lord, Emma: Books

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord: I absolutely LOVED this adorable gem of a book! The characters were charming, the romance was sweet, the banter was hilarious, and the heavenly descriptions of baked goods had my mouth watering (if you’re a foodie, you NEED to read this book). I would highly recommend Tweet Cute to anyone looking for a cute, romantic, laugh-out-loud YA Contemporary! Rating: ★★★★★

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Amazon.com: Love & Gelato (9781481432559): Welch, Jenna Evans: Books

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch: This was a quick, entertaining read that I flew through in just a day! It’s nothing wildly unique, but it’s so easy to get sucked into that it’s impossible not to enjoy it! I love summer abroad stories, and this is definitely one of my new favorites. Perfect for fans of Anna and the French Kiss and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants! Rating: ★★★★☆

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Amazon.com: You Have a Match: A Novel (9781250237309): Lord, Emma: Books

You Have a Match by Emma Lord: After falling in love with Emma Lord’s debut novel, Tweet Cute, I was hungry for more of her work! So of course I HAD to pick up You Have a Match, a story about self discovery, family, friendship, and love! Did I mention that it’s also loosely inspired by The Parent Trap? What more could you possibly want in a book? Unsurprisingly, You Have a Match was a five star read! Rating: ★★★★★

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Amazon.com: A Touch of Darkness (Hades X Persephone Book 1) eBook: St.  Clair, Scarlett: Kindle Store

A Touch of Darkness by Scarlett St. Clair: I really love the concept behind this book. Greek gods and goddesses living in our modern-day world as fashion designers, night club owners, celebrities, and the like? Ummm, YES PLEASE. But, sadly, A Touch of Darkness is a victim of poor execution. The world building was very vague, and the characters could use a lot of development. Do I think this is a bad book? Definitely not. I had fun reading it! I just wanted… more. But I’m invested in the story enough to want to know what happens next, so I’ll still be continuing on with the series! Rating: ★★★½☆

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One Last Stop: McQuiston, Casey: 9781250244499: Amazon.com: Books

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston: This is another book that I “liked” but expected more from. It didn’t instantly pull me in like McQuiston’s debut novel Red, White & Royal Blue did, and it took me a good 150-200 pages to get fully engrossed in the story. But thankfully, the second half of the book was really enjoyable, and I loved the themes of found family! Also, the representation/diversity in this book is wonderful, and it’s definitely something that more authors need to take note of! Rating: ★★★½☆

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Amazon.com: A Strange Hymn (The Bargainer Book 2) eBook: Thalassa, Laura:  Kindle Store

A Strange Hymn by Laura Thalassa: While this book wasn’t quite as good as its predecessor, Rhapsodic, it was still really, really enjoyable! It introduced us to so many new plot elements, and I loved how it was mainly set in the fae world (not the mortal world). Getting to learn more about the fae and their magic system was so exciting! My only other comment is that while I love Des and Callie’s romance, I have to admit that the power imbalance between them is very toxic. I hope this is something that changes in future books in the series! Rating: ★★★★☆

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Dragonfly in Amber: A Novel (Outlander): Gabaldon, Diana: 9780440215622:  Amazon.com: Books

Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon: I’ve been wanting to dive back into the world of Outlander ever since I finished book one way back in March! But Diana Gabaldon’s 800+ page long tomes are INTIMIDATING, so it’s taken me a couple of months to muster up the courage to start book two, Dragonfly in Amber. I’m surprised by how fast I flew through it! For the most part, it was incredibly fast paced and intense (there were only a few slow sections), and Gabaldon’s writing was as gorgeous as ever! Claire Fraser is officially one of my all time favorite female characters, and I love how she never puts up with any bullsh*t! I can’t wait to see more of her and Jamie in book three. Rating: ★★★★½

May 2021 Wrap-Up

Review: The Crown of Gilded Bones by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Life’s a Beach Book Tag

I’m hoping to have another successful month of reading in July! Some of the books I want to pick up are Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer (which I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of!), These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong, and The Queen Will Betray You by Sarah Henning!

I hope you all had a fantastic June! Let me know what books you read down below in the comment section!

Until next time,

May 2021 Wrap-Up

May was definitely a busy month for me! I spent a majority of it studying and taking my final exams for school, which was pretty stressful. And with schoolwork taking up most of my time, I didn’t get the chance to read that much in May, and that was a big bummer for me! But in the end, it all paid off, because now I’m on summer break! Classes have only been over for a few days, but I’m already having an amazing time relaxing and enjoying all of this free time. This past week, I’ve already been able to catch up on my reading and blogging, and I’m looking forward to spending the next two and a half months discovering more incredible books and writing new blog posts!

Total Number of Books Read: 8

Sing Me Forgotten by Jessica S. Olson

Sing Me Forgotten by Jessica S. Olson: This book was, to put it simply, perfection! It’s a gender-bent Phantom of the Opera retelling that had me hooked from the very first page. It was literally impossible to put down, with its unique magic system, fascinating morally grey characters, and gripping plot. Jessica S. Olson is a truly talented author, and I still can’t believe that this magnificent book is her debut novel! I’m so excited to see what she writes next… You can rest assured that whatever it is, I’ll be first in line to read it! Rating: ★★★★★

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Amazon.com: Wing Builder eBook: Braxton, Mel: Kindle Store

Wing Builder by Mel Braxton: Wing Builder was such a fun book! It’s set in a very unique world that is a gorgeous blend of science fiction, fantasy, and even a little bit of dystopia! The characters were very well written too, and I had an amazing time following their journey. If you’re looking for an enjoyable standalone novel to get lost in, Wing Builder is definitely the book for you. Rating: ★★★★☆

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Romeo and Juliet (Folger Shakespeare Library Series) by William  Shakespeare, Paperback | Barnes & Noble®

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet was my first Shakespeare play EVER, and it surprised me in the best way possible! I honestly didn’t expect to love it as much as I did, because, prior to reading it, I had so many people tell me that Shakespeare’s work was boring and difficult to understand. But I had so much fun meeting his characters and dissecting all of his beautiful language choices! I’m really looking forward to reading more of his work in the future. Rating: ★★★★★

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Amazon.com: Paper Princess: A Novel (The Royals Book 1) eBook: Watt, Erin:  Kindle Store

Paper Princess by Erin Watt: Here’s the thing– This book is extremely cringe-worthy, ridiculous, and problematic. Buttttttt… IT WAS SO ENTERTAINING!! It’s one of those books that falls under the “so bad it’s good” category… A guilty pleasure read, if you will. I feel embarrassed for liking it so much, but something about it was so addictive! Is it the finest work of literature out there? Definitely not. But if you don’t take it too seriously, you’ll have such a good time reading it. The mature, “sophisticated” part of me is giving it three stars, but make no mistake, it deserves five stars for entertainment value! Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Amazon.com: Broken Prince: A Novel (The Royals Book 2) eBook: Watt, Erin:  Kindle Store

Broken Prince by Erin Watt: Practically everything I said in my Paper Princess review applies to Broken Prince as well. This book wasn’t any less ridiculous than its predecessor, but boy was it entertaining! If not for all of the exams I had last month, I probably would’ve read Broken Prince in one sitting! This series is basically a mash-up of every teen soap opera I’ve ever watched, but in book form! Think Gossip Girl meets Riverdale meets The Fosters. SO ENTERTAINING. Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Amazon.com: Twisted Palace: A Novel (The Royals, 3) (9781682305065): Watt,  Erin: Books

Twisted Palace by Erin Watt: There was so much drama in this book, I could barely keep track of it all! But just like Paper Princess and Broken Prince, Twisted Palace was impossible to put down. I’m so glad I found this series when I did, because it ended up being the perfect form of escapism from exam stress. Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Pride and Prejudice (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions) by Jane Austen |  NOOK Book (eBook) | Barnes & Noble®

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: After binge reading the Paper Princess series for a whole week, I decided to pick up something a little more serious: Pride and Prejudice, my first Jane Austen novel! I absolutely loved the book, and now I’m super excited to watch the movie adaptation, because I’ve heard great things about it (the 2005 edition, of course). I also plan to read more of Austen’s work later this year since her other books get lots of praise as well! Rating: ★★★★☆

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Rhapsodic (The Bargainer Book 1) - Kindle edition by Thalassa, Laura.  Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa: Holy crap, this book was good! It was so easy to get sucked into with its fascinating characters and compelling romance! It kind of felt like a darker, steamier version of ACOTAR, but at the same time, it was totally refreshing and definitely wasn’t a copy-cat version of Sarah J. Maas’s work. I absolutely LOVED Callie and Des, and I’m obsessed with the way Laura Thalassa developed their complex relationship through events taking place in present day as well as intriguing flashback scenes. My only complaint is that the one POC character in this book was portrayed quite stereo-typically. She didn’t really have much of a character arc of her own, and it would have been nice if she’d been more thoroughly developed. However, I do understand that this book is heavily focused on Callie and Des, leaving little room for the development of secondary characters. Hopefully the cast of characters will expand in book two, though! Rating: ★★★★½

April 2021 Wrap-Up

Upcoming Book Releases I Can’t Wait to Read

Review: Sing Me Forgotten by Jessica S. Olson

ARC Review: Wing Builder by Mel Braxton

Summer 2021 TBR

I’m so excited to spend the rest of June relaxing, reading, and enjoying summer break! I have quite a hefty June TBR planned out, but with all of this time on my hands, I have faith that I’ll be able to take it on! A few of the books I want to read this month are Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard, These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong, and Luck of the Titanic by Stacey Lee. I’ve heard amazing things about all of them, so let’s hope they end up being good!

I have a feeling June is going to be a pretty great month for me! With summer almost here, I can already tell that the next few weeks are going to be lots of fun.

I hope you all have an amazing June as well, and feel free to leave a comment letting me know what your reading plans for the month are! I’d love to chat with you!

Until next time,

April 2021 Wrap-Up

I confess, April wasn’t the most eventful month for me. I was in a pretty bad reading slump for a majority of it, so I definitely didn’t get as much reading done as I would have liked. By the time the month was half over, I decided to treat myself to a re-read of the Folk of the Air trilogy, one of my all-time favorite series, in hopes that it would help cure my slump, and luckily for me, it did!

Shadow and Bone - S01E02 - We're All Someone's Monster [Transcript] -  Scraps from the loft

I also busied myself with watching the TV adpatation of Shadow and Bone last month! I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT. First of all, it was incredibly well casted. All of the actors fit their characters SO WELL. And surprisingly, I actually found myself liking some of the TV versions of characters more than the book versions (Mal and Alina, for example). My favorite parts of the show were EASILY the Nina and Matthias scenes. Danielle Galligan and Calahan Skogman portrayed their characters PERFECTLY. I’m very much looking forward to seeing more of them in Season 2 (because we ARE getting a Season 2, right Eric Heisserer?).

Anyways, after finishing Shadow and Bone, I spent the remainder of the month fan-girling over the series’ actors and stalking their instagram accounts. I’m in love with pretty much all of them.

Shadow & Bone' Stars Break Down Matthias & Nina's 'Instantaneous'  Connection & The Final Twist | LifeStyle World News

Okay, back to reading. As I already mentioned, I didn’t read very much this month, but most of the books that I did manage to pick up were really great (no surprise there, since half of them were re-reads). Let’s go through them!

Total Number of Books Read: 6

The Cruel Prince (Folk of the Air Series #1) by Holly Black, Paperback |  Barnes & Noble®

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (re-read): This was my third time reading The Cruel Prince, and it’s still as magical as I remembered it to be! I loved getting sucked back into the whimsical world of Elfhame… It’s truly one of my favorite fictional worlds to be in. Holly Black is such a magnificent storyteller, and her interpretation of the fae is so wonderfully unique. Her characters are fantastic too: Jude and Cardan are some of my all-time favorites, and I love how this book sets up their relationship. And that ending! It will never fail to amaze me! Rating: ★★★★★

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Amazon.com: The Lost Sisters (The Folk of the Air) eBook: Black, Holly:  Kindle Store

The Lost Sisters by Holly Black: This was my first time reading The Lost Sisters, and though it’s very short, it captivated me from the first page til the last. It’s such a clever story. It’s written in the 2nd person as an “apology” letter from Taryn addressed to Jude. Even though reading from Taryn’s POV didn’t make me like her, it DID help me understand her. Taryn’s relationship with Locke is haunting and sickening, and it helps us make sense of the seemingly selfish descions she made in The Cruel Prince. If you’re a Folk of the Air fan who hasn’t read this novella yet, I highly recommend doing so! It’s definitely worth the read. Rating: ★★★★☆

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The Cruel Prince Archives | The Book Addict's Guide

The Wicked King by Holly Black (re-read): There’s nothing new I can say about this book, considering that I’ve already gushed about it on this blog countless times. The Wicked King is one of the best sequels I’ve ever read, and in my opinion, it’s even better than its predecessor, The Cruel Prince, which set the bar VERY high! The tension between Jude and Cardan in this novel is EVERYTHING, and Holly Black does such a great job at developing their rivalry AND their romance. And with The Wicked King, Black once again proves herself to be the QUEEN of cliffhangers. The ending of this book was EVIL, and it made me super excited to dive straight into The Queen of Nothing. Rating: ★★★★★

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The Folk of the Air Series by Holly Black

The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black (re-read): Possibly my favorite installment in the Folk of the Air series, The Queen of Nothing absolutely blew me away every time I read it! It was one of those books that I literally couldn’t stop reading since there was never a dull moment! It was full of so much action, intensity, and emotion, especially during the jaw-dropping climax. And the way the story ended was simply perfect… I couldn’t have asked for a better conclusion! Rating: ★★★★★

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How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black

How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black: I loved this beautiful collection of short stories! Cardan is one of my favorite characters within the Folk of the Air universe, so getting to read a whole novel told from his perspective was a dream come true. I loved getting to learn more about his dark childhood, as well as his relationships with other characters in the series, such as Nicasia and Locke. My only complaint is that this book was FAR TOO SHORT! Rating: ★★★★★

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The Crown of Gilded Bones (Blood And Ash Series): Armentrout, Jennifer L.:  9781952457258: Amazon.com: Books

The Crown of Gilded Bones by Jennifer L. Armentrout: This book disappointed me on so many levels. I really wanted to love it, but how could I, when a majority of it was a complete trainwreck? The main reason why I struggled with it so much was because it was SO. SLOW. The first 100 pages of the book were pretty strong, but after that, I was hit with 400+ pages of exhausting info-dumping. Not only that, but the main characters, Poppy and Casteel, really, REALLY got on my nerves. The only character who made this book worth reading was Kieran. Rating: ★★☆☆☆

March 2021 Wrap-Up

ARC Review: The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren

This month, I’m going to be focusing on putting my reading slump behind me and reading lots of good books. I have faith that I can do it, since I have a pretty great May TBR lined up. Luck of the Titanic, These Violent Delights, and Sing Me Forgotten are a few of the books on it, and I can’t wait to read them!

Well, that’s my April in a nutshell!

I hope you enjoyed this wrap-up, and if you’ve read any of the books listed above, make sure to let me know what you thought of them in the comment section.

That’s it for now, everyone!

Until next time,

March 2021 Wrap-Up

I’d like to start by apologizing for publishing this wrap-up post so late! How is it that we’re already almost half-way through April? It’s crazy!

But I can assure you that I have an excuse for the delay: I was extremely busy in March! It was definitely a month that kept me on my toes. I spent the majority of it finishing up schoolwork to prepare for Spring Break, and by the end of March, I was feeling very burnt out after so many weeks of online classes. But thankfully, I was able to escape into books during my spare time, and I actually ended getting a lot of reading done!

Total Number of Books Read: 12

Amazon.com: A Very Large Expanse of Sea (9780062866561): Mafi, Tahereh:  Books

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi: Tahereh Mafi is one of my all time favorite authors. I absolutely adore her Shatter Me series, and ever since finishing it, I’ve desperately wanted to pick up her contemporary novel, A Very Large Expanse of Sea. I finally got around to reading it last month, and as expected, I loved it. It was such a powerful book that I think everyone would benefit from reading. My only complaint is that the romance felt a bit flimsy at times, but despite that, the story was still incredible! Rating: ★★★★☆

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A Trial of Sorcerers (A Trial of Sorcerers, #1) by Elise Kova

A Trial of Sorcerers by Elise Kova: A Trial of Sorcerers was my first Elise Kova novel, and it certainly did not let me down! The story was fast paced and intense, and I loved the characters! The plot was a tad predictable, and the magic system was pretty generic, but I enjoyed this book nonetheless! If you’re looking for a light, entertaining fantasy novel, A Trial of Sorcerers is, without a doubt, the book for you. Rating: ★★★★☆

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Hunted (9780062422286): Spooner, Meagan: Books - Amazon.com

Hunted by Meagan Spooner: This stunning Beauty and the Beast retelling definitely took me by surprise! It was unique and gorgeously written, and I felt like I was reading an actual fairy tale! Meagan Spooner is an extremely talented author (especially when it comes to retellings), and I’m so excited to read more of her work in the future! Rating: ★★★★☆

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Twilight (Meyer novel) - Wikipedia

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer: Yes, that’s right! Last month, I finally picked up Twilight, the book that I once vowed to never EVER read. Oh, the things this pandemic has made me do. I mainly read this book out of curiosity, even though many people warned me that it was cheesy, predictable, and ridiculous. It was indeed all of those things, but I confess, I did sort of enjoy poking fun at all the corniness! Rating: ★★☆☆☆

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Outlander: Gabaldon, Diana: 9780440212560: Amazon.com: Books

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon: I was quite intimidated by this book prior to picking it up. For one thing, it’s MASSIVE! The whole novel is well over 800 pages! But even so, I now know that I had no reason to be nervous, for I ended up loving this book! The atmosphere was absolutely breathtaking… I truly felt like I was standing right alongside Claire and Jamie as they ventured through the lush Scottish highlands. I will most certainly be reading the next book in this series, and hopefully the books that come after that as well! I can see the Outlander saga quickly becoming a new favorite of mine! Rating: ★★★★☆

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Amazon.com: Shadow and Bone (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy Book 1) eBook:  Bardugo, Leigh: Kindle Store

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (Re-read): As you might’ve already guessed, I re-read this book in anticipation of the upcoming Netflix adaptation, which I am SO stoked for! Even though I really enjoyed Shadow and Bone the first time I read it, for some reason, I never got around to finishing the series. The Netflix show has definitely given me motivation to finally do so! Rating: ★★★★☆

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Siege and Storm (Shadow and Bone Trilogy #2) by Leigh Bardugo, Paperback |  Barnes & Noble®

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo: It’s common knowledge that sequels are typically either hit or miss… Fortunately, Siege and Storm was a hit! I would say that it’s probably just as good as it’s predecessor, Shadow and Bone. The addition of Nikolai’s character really made the book shine, especially when it came to his relationship with Alina. And even though the Darkling and Genya, two of my favorite characters, were annoyingly absent for a majority of the book, I still really enjoyed it. Rating: ★★★★☆

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The Viscount Who Loved Me (Bridgertons, #2) by Julia Quinn

The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn: It’s official: The Viscount Who Loved Me is now my FAVORITE Bridgerton novel! Well, out of the three that I’ve read… But that’s not the point! The point is that this book is beautiful, wonderful fluff that will have you swooning until the very last page! Kate and Anthony are such lovable, flawed characters, and their romantic journey was such a pleasure to read about. I am now more excited for Bridgerton Season 2 than ever! Rating: ★★★★.5

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Amazon.com: Ruin and Rising (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy Book 3) eBook:  Bardugo, Leigh: Kindle Store

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo: I’m not going to lie… the final book in the Shadow and Bone trilogy was a bit of a let-down for me. It was decent, but not the grand finale I expected it to be. The book dragged on and on and on, and the majority of it felt extremely slow paced. In all honesty, I wish this series had been a duology instead of a trilogy. Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Amazon.com: Opal: A Lux Novel eBook: Armentrout, Jennifer L.: Kindle Store

Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout: The Lux series has become a new obsession of mine! The characters are so easy to root for, and the plot is fast paced and exciting! Jennifer L. Armentrout’s writing is so fun and witty, I just can’t get enough of it! Opal ended on a colossal cliffhanger, so I’m dying to know what will happen next in book four, Origin! I can’t wait to read it! Rating: ★★★★☆

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An Offer From a Gentleman (Bridgerton Series, Bk. 3): Quinn, Julia:  9780380815586: Amazon.com: Books

An Offer From a Gentleman by Julia Quinn: An Offer From a Gentleman was a fun read, but it was not quite as good as its predecessor, The Viscount Who Loved Me, which set the bar very high for future Bridgerton novels! The beginning of the story had me completely hooked (it was the perfect set-up for a Cinderella retelling), but the middle felt a bit dull. Additionally, Benedict, one of the two main characters, could be very entitled and obnoxious at times, even though Sophie, the other main character, was far more likable. But I still really enjoyed this book, and I’m looking forward to seeing it brought to life on screen! Rating: ★★★.5☆

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The Soulmate Equation - Kindle edition by Lauren, Christina. Literature &  Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren: Ah, Christina Lauren has done it once again! The Soulmate Equation is everything you could possibly hope for in a romance novel! It’s addictive, swoon-worthy, and charming, full of wonderful characters, shocking plot twists, and endless romantic tension. I’m so lucky to have received an ARC of it! Keep an eye out for my full review, which I’ll be posting in the near future. Rating: ★★★★.5

February 2021 Wrap-Up

ARC Review: A Trial of Sorcerers by Elise Kova

My Least Favorite Reads of 2020

Sequels I Can’t Wait to Read

April is definitely turning out to be a month of re-reads for me! I’m currently knee-deep in my re-read of the Folk of the Air trilogy, which I’m having such a blast diving back into! Jude and Cardan are two of my all time favorite characters, and I’m so excited to be reuniting with them!

I’m not sure what I’ll be reading after that, but I have a feeling that I’ll be tackling a lot of ARCs this month… That will surely keep me busy!

Anyways, that’s my March in a nutshell!

I hope you all had a great month! Be sure to let me know what books you read, and what you’re planning on picking up next.

Well, I guess that’s it for now! ❤

Until next time,

February 2021 Wrap-Up

Wow, can you believe February is over already? I certainly can’t! Ever since the pandemic began, all the months have just blurred together. At this point, my concept of time is completely messed up! 😂😭

But in regards to the pandemic, we’re finally beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel! People are slowly but surely getting vaccinated, making us one step closer to herd immunity! After months of hopelessness and repetition, it’s nice to finally get some good news.

Beyond the vaccine news, nothing all that big has happened in my life this month! The weeks are still full of endless Zoom meetings (*gags*) and basically nothing else. I wish I had a more exciting monthly update for you all, but, alas, I don’t really have anything exciting to share! Hopefully when life gets somewhat more normal I’ll have better updates to give you.

On the bright side, February, despite being rather uneventful, was a pretty decent reading month for me! I only read seven books, which is a bit fewer than usual, but some of them were super chunky (ACOSF and War Storm to name a couple), so I’ll give myself a pass!

Total Number of Books Read: 7

Amazon.com: King's Cage (Red Queen, 3) (9780062310699): Aveyard, Victoria:  Books

King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard (Re-read): While King’s Cage isn’t nearly as good as Red Queen, it’s a whole lot better than its predecessor, Glass Sword. It’s a book full of tension, excitement, and pain, as we get to see our favorite characters overcome MANY challenging obstacles! Even though Mare, our protagonist, continued to be whiny and overly dramatic at times, she did go through some significant character development. I also really loved getting to read through the POV’s of some of the other characters in the story, in addition to Mare. Underdeveloped secondary characters are the WORST, so I was thrilled to see Victoria Aveyard dive deeper into some new character arcs. Complex, multi-layered characters are so great to read about! Rating: ★★★★☆

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Amazon.com: War Storm (Red Queen) (9780062422996): Aveyard, Victoria: Books

War Storm by Victoria Aveyard: War Storm was a good book, but my big issue with it was this: It could have EASILY been condensed into 300 or 400 pages. This beast of a book is over 600 pages long, and in my opinion, it should’ve been much shorter. Many scenes felt like they were being stretched out to unnecessary lengths, which caused the plot to slow down a lot. I still enjoyed the emotional intensity of the novel, and the politics of Norta were very interesting to read about, but again, War Storm really didn’t need to be 600+ pages long! Bigger isn’t always better! Rating: ★★★.5☆

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Amazon.com: A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses  Book 4) eBook: Maas, Sarah J.: Kindle Store

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas (Re-read): I re-read this book to prepare for the release of A Court of Silver Flames, and while I really disliked it the first time I read it, I LOVED it this time around! I’m not really sure what changed, but I guess it helped that this time, I was going into it knowing exactly what to expect: a fun, light-hearted novella full of adorable moments between my favorite characters! Truth be told, ACOFAS is not a plot-driven book (it really just serves as a bridge between ACOWAR and ACOSF), and if you read it with that knowledge in the back of your mind, I think you’ll enjoy it quite a lot! Rating: ★★★★.5

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The Traitor Queen (The Bridge Kingdom, #2) by Danielle L. Jensen

The Traitor Queen by Danielle L. Jensen: The Traitor Queen is easily my favorite Danielle L. Jensen book yet! I relished every single word of it, and I truly didn’t want it to end. Lara and Aren’s relationship is such a beautifully complicated one, and it’s expertly written as well. These two characters go on such a breathtaking journey together in this novel (a journey that is both physical AND mental), and I couldn’t get enough of it. I’m truly sad that Lara and Aren’s story is over, but I’m comforted by the knowledge that there will be MORE Bridge Kingdom books in the future, told in the perspectives of new characters! Rating: ★★★★★

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The Duke and I (Bridgertons, #1) by Julia Quinn

The Duke and I by Julia Quinn: The Duke and I was a light, fluffy historical romance, but nothing more than that. I enjoyed it, but it didn’t knock my socks off. The characters were likable enough, even though they were a little bland. Simon and Daphne’s romance was, for lack of better words, fine, but again, it was nothing groundbreaking. I know that the TV show adaptation for The Duke and I (Bridgerton on Netflix) has gotten a LOT of praise, so maybe it’s better than the book??? But anyways, I can’t see myself continuing on with this series. Book #1 was alright, but life is too short to waste time reading mediocre books! Rating: ★★★☆☆

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: Angelou, Maya, Winfrey, Oprah:  9780345514400: Amazon.com: Books

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou: Maya Angelou is an absolutely incredible woman, and a phenomenal writer as well. Her memoir is emotional, impactful, and gorgeously written. It’s full of stunning imagery and beautiful figurative language that will leave you shaken to your core. Ms. Angelou’s story is one that I think everyone should read at one point or another. It’ll make you feel every emotion possible: joy, sorrow, heartbreak, anger, love, and hope, to name a few. I highly recommend giving this memoir a read. Rating: ★★★★☆

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A Court of Silver Flames - Chicklit.nl

A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas: Sarah J. Maas books always come with a cost: an extremely painful (yet inevitable) book hangover. A Court of Silver Flames, Maas’s newest book, proved to be no exception! This book was my most anticipated release of the entire year, and boy oh boy, did Sarah J. Maas deliver! I’ve never been a big fan of Nesta, so you can imagine how surprised I was to find myself connecting and relating to her in ACOSF. Her feelings and emotions were so raw and real, and I resonated with them deeply. Seeing Nesta go through so much development and growth was a truly beautiful experience, and I think that SJM has outdone herself when it comes to mental health representation in her books. I’ll have a full review for this book published soon, so I won’t say too much more, but just know that it was an easy five star read for me! I officially love Nesta. Rating: ★★★★★

January 2021 Wrap-Up

WWW Wednesday 2/24/21

I’m probably going to spend the first half of March struggling to cope with my ACOSF book hangover (we all saw this coming from a mile away lol). I knew this book was going to destroy me, but that doesn’t make the book hangover any less painful. Oh, the woes of being a book lover!

When/if I get out of the funk ACOSF has left me in, I’ll try to tackle some of the ARC’s I need to read/review in the near future! These include The Soulmate Equation, A Trial of Sorcerers, and Luck of the Titanic!

Anyway, that’s it for my February!

How was your month? Did you read any good books? If you did, PLEASE drop their titles down below in the comment section! I’m always looking for new book recommendations!

Well, I guess that’s it for now! I hope everyone has a fantastic March. ❤

Until next time,

January 2021 Wrap-Up

Hey everyone! Welcome to my first wrap-up post of the year!

While the first month of 2021 has certainly been very eventful world-wide, not much has happened in my personal life. All the weeks just blur together, making every month feel the same. It makes it really difficult to write these monthly updates, since I honestly have nothing to talk about? My life these days is just a constant, never-ending cycle: Wake up. Zoom. Sleep. Repeat. And I’m sure a lot of you can relate!

Since I don’t really have any life updates to share with you all, why don’t I just skip ahead and tell you what books I read in January? I picked up SO many great ones. Spoiler Alert: I had quite a few five star reads!

TOTAL NUMBER OF BOOKS READ: 10

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The Bridge Kingdom by Danielle L. Jensen: The Bridge Kingdom was my very first read of 2021, and as expected… I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT! After loving Jensen’s debut series, the Malediction trilogy, I had high expectations for The Bridge Kingdom… and I was completely blown away! The intricate fantasy world Jensen has crafted is truly breathtaking, and I wish I could just live there! Who wouldn’t want to be transported to a tropical island kingdom full of beautiful beaches and lush jungles? The characters in this novel were incredible as well. Lara is clever, brave, and fierce, and Aren is selfless, compassionate, and courageous. Both of these characters were so complex, as was their relationship with one another. The enemies to lovers trope PLUS the arranged marriage trope is the perfect set up for a swoonworthy, fiery romance! Overall, The Bridge Kingdom was a fabulous read, and a PERFECT book to start off my reading year with! Rating: ★★★★★

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Sweet & Bitter Magic

Sweet & Bitter Magic by Adrienne Tooley: I was lucky enough to receive an early review copy of this lovely novel, and it ended up being my second five star read of January! The two main characters, Tamsin and Wren, completely stole my heart with their unique, wonderfully developed personalities, and I loved reading the story through their perspectives. I ALSO really loved getting to see their beautiful romance develop… it was so so sweet and wholesome! Sweet & Bitter Magic is marketed as a YA novel, but having read it, I think that it’d be a great book for middle grade readers as well, since it’s fairly tame. I highly encourage adding this upcoming release to your TBR, or even pre-ordering it! Trust me, it’s wonderful! Rating: ★★★★★

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Beauty Queens by Libba Bray: I picked this book up on a whim, and it totally took me by surprise! I hadn’t had it on my TBR before reading it, and I only decided to read it because I had heard that it was a loose retelling of Lord of the Flies, which I had just read and thoroughly enjoyed. Well, I’m happy to tell you that I liked Beauty Queens even MORE than Lord of the Flies. This story is full of SO MANY wonderful female characters who I loved so much… They each had different struggles, emotions, and desires, making them all so fun to get to know. The friendships between the girls were equally amazing and empowering, which is probably why I liked Beauty Queens more than Lord of the Flies (let’s be real here… friendship isn’t a very prevalent theme in LotF). Beauty Queens is also a very funny book, and it made me laugh out loud many times! I listened to it as an audiobook, and Libba Bray, the author AND narrator of the story, made it all the more hilarious! Her vivid voice impersonations were incredible, and she delivered the book’s witty dialogue so well! Overall, Beauty Queens is such an underrated gem, and I wish more people would read it! Rating: ★★★★★

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Court of Bitter Thorn (The Fae of Bitter Thorn Book 1) by [Kay L Moody]

Court of Bitter Thorn by Kay L. Moody: I had a lot of fun reading this book! I always love venturing to whimsical new fae worlds, and the one in Court of Bitter Thorn was full of so much magic, intrigue, and mystery! The book contains a quick witted female protagonist and numerous interesting side characters who I hope to see more from in future books (since I’ll definitely be reading the sequel)! Book One ended on a MASSIVE cliffhanger, so I’m beyond excited to see where the story goes next! All in all, I really enjoyed this book, and I highly recommend it to fans of The Cruel Prince and A Court of Thorns and Roses. Rating: ★★★★☆

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ALL THE STARS AND TEETH

All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace (Re-read): I first read All the Stars and Teeth less than a year ago, but since I managed to get my greedy little paws on an ARC of the sequel, All the Tides of Fate, I figured it was time for a reread! It was so wonderful getting to revisit the world and characters of one of my favorite books last month. All the Stars and Teeth is such a fun, swashbuckling adventure, and re-reading it made me more excited to dive into the sequel than ever! If you haven’t read this book yet, I really think you should! It contains mermaids, pirates, princesses, magic, enchanted islands, sea monsters… Basically, there’s something for everyone! Rating: ★★★★★

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All the Tides of Fate by Adalyn Grace: This book was a phenomenal conclusion to an absolutely stunning duology! I’m still reeling from that ending! Even though it broke my heart, it was beautifully written and incredibly hopeful. While I’m very sad to say good-bye to these characters, they’ll always hold a special spot in my heart. Adalyn Grace is such a talented author, and I’m so excited to see what she write next. Truthfully, I think a certain character in this series still has a lot of unfinished business, so I am hoping, praying, and BEGGING for a spin-off novel. I desperately want to return to the gorgeous world of Visidia in the future! Rating:★★★★★

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The Project by Courtney Summers: The Project was by no means a bad book, but it was, unfortunately, a bit of a let-down for me. I went into it with high hopes after reading and loving Sadie, my favorite Courtney Summers novel, but it was a big mistake to expect The Project to be just as good. There wasn’t a big mystery to unravel (the book is about cults, but we already know that cults are… bad), so naturally, there weren’t any surprising plot twists or revelations either. The plot just dragged on and on since it had no mystery or suspense to fuel it. The characters and their relationships with one another were interesting enough, but they didn’t really make up for the lackluster plot. I know that some people will absolutely love this book, but sadly, it just wasn’t my cup of tea! Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (Re-read): Red Queen was one of the first books that got me hooked on the YA genre, so you can imagine how much fun I had re-reading it last month! Red Queen is in no way a “perfect” novel, but if we’re judging it solely on entertainment value, it deserves infinite stars! It’s one of those rare books that literally makes your heart POUND while reading it! It’s simply impossible to put down! Rating:★★★★★

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Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard (Re-read): Unfortunately, Glass Sword isn’t nearly as good as Red Queen. In fact, it’s probably the weakest novel in the whole series. The first half of the book is tediously slow… The first 250 pages could easily be condensed into 100 pages. That’s how uneventful they were. But thankfully, the second half of the book is FAR better than the first! And don’t even get me started on the ending… Victoria Aveyard never fails to leave us with a juicy, devastating cliffhanger! I don’t know if I should love her or hate her for it! Rating: ★★★☆☆

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The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare: The Duchess Deal was my very first “historical” romance novel (it was also my first Tessa Dare book), and I enjoyed it quite a lot! It was light, fluffy, and very fun! It’s a story that’s super easy to get sucked into, since reading it doesn’t require much effort! Emma and Ash are both very complicated and flawed, but still so lovable! The only big complaint I have about The Duchess Deal is that it contained too many overly graphic steamy scenes for my liking. They didn’t really add anything to the story, and they were extremely repetitive. A few are fine, but one every other chapter? Well, that’s a bit much! Rating: ★★★.5☆

I didn’t have much time to blog last month (same goes for this month, that’s why this wrap up is being posted so late!), but I still managed to get a few posts published:

December 2020 Wrap-Up

Top Ten Tuesday: 2021 Bookish Resolutions

My Favorite Reads of 2020

ARC Review: All the Tides of Fate by Adalyn Grace

ARC Review: Sweet & Bitter Magic by Adrienne Tooley

The month is already half over, but I’m hoping to spend the remainder of it reading some amazing books! I’m a big mood reader, so I don’t typically set of monthly TBR, but a few of the books I’m hoping to get to this month are The Traitor Queen, A Court of Silver Flames, and The Duke and I!

I am also going to try to get a few more blog posts written and published before the month is over. I’m SO behind on my blogging, you guys! Spring Break is somewhat close, so hopefully I’ll be able to catch up then.

I hope everyone had a great January, and if you didn’t, just know that your negative feelings are completely valid. We’re living through very difficult circumstances, so remember to be kind to yourself. ❤

That’s it for now, everyone! I’ll be back with another post soon!

Until then,

December 2020 Wrap-Up

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December was a great month for me, mainly because I was on winter break for a large portion of it! I got to sleep in, spend time with my family, and dedicate all of my free-time to reading… What could be better than that?

Christmas brought some much needed cheer into my life, and I’m so thankful that everyone in my family was healthy enough to celebrate! We had a lot of fun baking holiday desserts, listening to Christmas music, and opening presents from each other! We ALSO spent an unhealthy amount of time watching cheesey, predictable Hallmark holiday movies… SHHHHHH!

Now that Christmas is over, I’ve been working on all of my upcoming 2021 blog posts (2021 TBR, Favorite Reads of 2020, Bookish New Year’s Resolutions, Most Anticipated Releases of 2021, etc.)! As a book blogger, I’m always excited when a new year begins, because with the new year come many opportunities to create fun posts!

I’m glad that I’m ending my year on a happy note, because it makes me hopeful for what 2021 will bring. I mean, it’s quite possible that we’re in for yet another dumpster fire of a year, but who knows? Maybe humanity will finally pull it together in 2021. 😂

Total Number of Books Read: 11

Amazon.com: Unite Me (Shatter Me) (9781405296243): Mafi, Tahereh: Books

Unite Me by Tahereh Mafi: I really enjoyed this novella! Reading the events from Shatter Me and Unravel Me through Warner and Adam’s perspectives was very eye-opening. I had previously made a lot of judgements about them, but Unite Me really helped me empathize with both of them. The first time I read the Shatter Me series, I decided not to read this novella in between the main books, but I’m SO glad I did this time around, as it really added to my reading experience. Rating: ★★★★☆

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Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi | UK cover in 2020 | Tahereh mafi, Ignite,  Bestselling author

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi (Reread): Ignite Me is my favorite book in the Shatter Me series (tied with Defy Me), so of course I had a blast rereading it! Seeing the romance between Juliette and Warner develop was incredible, and their beautiful relationship is the reason why they’re my favorite fictional ship out there! I also really liked getting to see more of Kenji, who is literally the best character ever. Overall, Ignite Me was an easy 5-star read! I love the Shatter Me series so much. Rating: ★★★★★

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Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi | UK cover in 2020 | Shatter me series, Tahereh  mafi, Ya books

Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi: Restore Me is probably my least favorite book in the Shatter Me series, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t love it! I enjoyed meeting all of the new characters while still continuing to get to know the ones from the previous three books. Restore Me isn’t a very action heavy book, since it mainly focuses on political intrigue and character development, but I was surprisingly okay with that! I still enjoyed it, despite the lack of action. Rating: ★★★★☆

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Find Me (Shatter Me): Amazon.co.uk: Mafi, Tahereh: 9781405297714: Books

Find Me by Tahereh Mafi: Another Shatter Me novella that I really liked! Since Kenji is one of my all time favorite characters, I loved getting to read these short stories from his POV. His friendship with Juliette is so wholesome, and I love how they always have each other’s backs! We don’t see enough female-male friendships in the Young Adult genre, so Juliette and Kenji’s relationship is very refreshing! Rating: ★★★★☆

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Buy Defy Me (Shatter Me) (Book 5) Book Online at Low Prices in India | Defy  Me (Shatter Me) (Book 5) Reviews & Ratings - Amazon.in

Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi: I LOVED THIS BOOK SO FREAKIN’ MUCH. I know I said it was tied with Ignite Me, but it might just be a little better. I’ve heard that a lot of readers felt disapointed by this book, but I thought it was a masterpiece! I flew through it in one day, and when I finished it, I literally threw it across my bed in SHOCK, because I couldn’t remember the last time I had enjoyed a book THAT much! It was definitely a lot more emotional than the previous books in the series, and I think that’s why I really connected with it. The characters in this series have my whole heart, and thinking about how much they’ve grown since book one makes me so happy. I love this series so much that it hurts! Rating: ★★★★★

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Imagine Me

Imagine Me by Tahereh Mafi: I really liked this final installment in the Shatter Me series, but there are several things about it I would’ve changed. First of all, the ending. It felt terribly incomplete! There are still so many problems in the novel that haven’t been solved, and the world the characters are living in is still a complete mess. How do they plan on fixing things? I guess we readers will never know, considering this is the last book in the series. I also wasn’t a big fan of the lack of Warner POV in Imagine Me. I understand that the author wanted to show us how emotionally closed off he had become, but without Warner’s POV, the book wasn’t as good as it could’ve been. But all the same, I still enjoyed it! It was a heartbreaking finale to a series that I absolutely love, and I can’t tell you how many times I broke down into sobs while reading it (that Warnette reunion scene broke me… BROKE ME). I cried myself to sleep after finishing this book, THAT is how much I didn’t want it to end. I love Juliette, Warner, and Kenji endlessly, and I can’t express just how grateful I am to Tahereh Mafi for creating them. This series is so incredible, and I already know that I’ll be reading it again in 2021. It’s given me the worst book hangover EVER! Rating: ★★★★☆

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Lord of the Flies: William Golding, E. L. Epstein: 9780399501487:  Amazon.com: Books

Lord of the Flies by William Golding: I liked this book a lot more than I thought it would! All of the symbolism in it fascinated me, and I feel as though I could discuss it for hours and hours! I haven’t read tons of classics yet, but Lord of the Flies is probably my favorite. William Golding is an incredibly talented author, and I have so much appreciation for all of the critical themes that can be found in his writing! Rating: ★★★★☆

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In A Holidaze: Love Actually meets Groundhog Day in this heartwarming  holiday romance. . . by Christina Lauren - Books - Hachette Australia

In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren: I had so much fun buddy reading this wonderful book with Alexandra @ Reading by Starlight! With lovable characters, loads of Christmas cheer, and heartwarming themes, In a Holidaze was a delight to read! The book is full of so much wit and hilarity, it’s impossible not to become invested in it! If you have yet to read it, I highly encourage doing so. Reading this lovely little book would be the perfect way to wrap up the holiday season! Rating: ★★★★☆

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Amazon.com: Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle) (9781524720964): Kaufman,  Amie, Kristoff, Jay: Books

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff: I just KNEW I was going to love this book before I even picked it up! I’m a huge sci-fi nerd, and Aurora Rising has quickly become one of my favorite novels within the genre. I loved everything about it, from the diverse cast of characters to the nail-biting, intergalactic action scenes! I desperately want to get my greedy hands on the sequel, Aurora Burning, but since book 3 doesn’t come out until mid-2021, I’ll have to wait awhile… *sobs* Rating: ★★★★★

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Amazon.com: Crave (Crave, 1) (9781640638952): Wolff, Tracy: Books

Crave by Tracy Wolff: Yikes. This book was bad. Not the bad-but-good type of bad… Just BAD. The protagonist? Whiny and annoying. Her love interest? Obnoxious and rude. All of the other characters? Extremely uninteresting. I guess I’ll just be completely blunt and tell you what you might have already guessed based off of this book’s not-so-subtle cover: It’s a blatant Twilight rip-off… But worse. There were so many moments in the book where I could barely keep myself from throwing it across the room. It was THAT cringey and horrible. I wish I could erase it from my mind! My suggestion to those who haven’t read it yet? Don’t! Rating: ★★☆☆☆

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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue - Kindle edition by Schwab, V. E..  Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab: How funny is it that my last read of 2020 might just be my FAVORITE read of 2020? 😂 I’ll just put it simply: Everything you’ve heard about The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is true. It’s such a lyrical, heartbreaking novel that is full of complicated characters that you won’t ever forget. As I read it, it felt like I was drifting off into a dream! I’m truly envious of those who have yet to read this book, because reading it for the first time was such a beautiful experience for me. This is a story I would advise you to go into knowing practically nothing about it. Don’t read any reviews or spoilers, just go into the book with an open heart and an open mind. That’s what I did, and I absolutely loved it. Rating: ★★★★★

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November 2020 Wrap-Up

The 12 Days of Christmas Book Tag

I really want to spend more time blogging, because I hardly ever post anymore, and that makes me sad! But I go back to school tomorrow *shudders*, so I don’t know how I’ll manage to type up blog posts with all of the schoolwork I’ll have. But the past year has taught me that if you want to do something you love, you have to MAKE the time for it… So that’s what I plan to do!

Beyond that, I want to work on tackling my 2021 Goodreads Challenge Goal of 125 books! I find goals to be super motivating, so that’s why I’m being a little ambitious this year!

Well, friends, it seems that 2020 has finally come to an end. What a wild year it’s been! Can’t say I’m too disappointed that it’s over… Let’s all hope for a better and brighter 2021! Happy New Year, everyone! Cheers to another fantastic year of blogging!

Bye for now,

November 2020 Wrap-Up

I had big plans for this month.

I was going to blog a ton, be productive, spend less time inside of the house scrolling through social media, and attempt to reconnect with some of my close friends who I have not seen since March.

Surprise, surprise! I succeeded in doing basically none of those things. Well, except the last item on that list. I DID manage to reach out to one of my school friends and check in with her. I was feeling so lonely, and it turns out she was too. I missed her a lot, so it felt really good to talk with her again, even if it was over video call. It felt like a small step towards what used to be normal, everyday human interaction 😂

But besides that, I wasn’t very productive. At all. I’ve neglected my blog all month, and I’m so ashamed of myself for doing so! But, at the same time, I can recognize that I was getting burnt out, and I really needed a break. Since finals week is nearly here, I doubt I’ll be able to blog much in December either… Hopefully I can get back into the swing of things in the new year, once all of the stressful stuff is over!

Even though it’s finals season, I”M SO HAPPY THAT IT’S DECEMBER! My family and I just put up our Christmas tree last weekend, and it was amazing! I feel like we all need a bit of Christmas cheer right now, so I’m beyond happy that the holiday season has officially begun.

But back to November… While I didn’t blog very much, I did succeed in reading quite a few books. I buddy read the Caraval trilogy with the lovely Alexandra last week, and it was tons of fun! The Caraval trilogy has definitely made it my list of favorite series, and I think Alexandra feels the same way! Experiencing the magic and mystery of Caraval with her (through the wonderful and whimsicle realm of Instagram DM) was such a blast, and I can’t wait for more buddy reads in the future!

The Caraval novels weren’t the only fantastic books I read this month! Take a look at all of my November reads:

Total Number of Books Read: 10
The Selection (The Selection, #1)

The Selection by Kiera Cass (Reread): I’ve been wanting to reread The Selection series for such a long time, and this month I finally got around to it! Rereading these books was so relaxing and calming for me, and it definitely made my month a whole lot better. Don’t get me wrong… The Selection has a lot of flaws. The world building is incredibly vague, and there are some plot elements that don’t quite make sense… BUT THIS BOOK IS SO ENTERTAINING. I’ve reread it several times, and I always finish it in one sitting. It’s my go-to comfort read when the real world is too scary to deal with… Yes, it’s kind of trashy, but it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside! So how can I give it anything but five stars? Rating: ★★★★★

The Elite (The Selection) (0884232336867): Cass, Kiera: Books - Amazon.com

The Elite by Kiera Cass (Reread): The Elite was, of course, just as addictive and entertaining as The Selection was! America got on my nerves at times, but overall, she’s a great character, and I admire how she always questions the decisions of those in charge and stands up for what she believes in. She went through some wonderful character development in this book, and we also got to dive deeper into her relationships with the other characters in the story. For example, the love and tenderness America felt for her dad was so heartwarming, because… let’s face it. Most parents in YA novels are either absent, abusive, or deceased. 😬 Rating: ★★★★★

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The One (The Selection, #3)

The One by Kiera Cass (Reread): The One was such a sweet, fluffy, and BEAUTIFUL ending to the Selection trilogy (we don’t talk about the spin-off duology… YUCK 🤮). I feel like everything came to a conclusion so perfectly, and even though the last few chapters felt a bit rushed (Maxon breaking up with America, getting shot, and then declaring his undying love for her all within 20 pages)… WHO CARES! It’s true love, y’all. I love this trilogy so much, and while I’m sad that it’s over, I know I’ll probably reread it again in a few months and love it just as much as I did the first and second times. Rating: ★★★★★

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9 Books With Unreliable Narrators To Read If You Love 'Sharp Objects'

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart: This book was mellow and unsuspecting at first, and I really didn’t get into it until the second half… But once I did, I was completely hooked. This story is raw, horrifying, and painful, and all of the rumors are true: you will NEVER see the final plot twist coming! It’s deeply sickening, but truthfully, I can’t imagine the book ending in any other way. We Were Liars is a novel that will stay ingrained in my mind more a long time to come. It is extremely heartbreaking and powerful, and I won’t ever forget it. Rating: ★★★½☆

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Caraval: the mesmerising Sunday Times bestseller eBook von Stephanie Garber  – 9781473629172 | Rakuten Kobo Österreich

Caraval by Stephanie Garber (Reread): Getting to reread Caraval was such a pleasure! The whimsicle fantasy world Stephanie Garber has woven together is so easy to get engrossed in, and her characters are wonderful as well. I forgot how much I loved the romance between Scarlett and Julian, and it was so fun getting to re-experience their love story. Caraval will forever remain one of my all-time favorite fantasy novels, and I know I’ll definitely reread it again it the future! Rating: ★★★★★

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Legendary by Stephanie Garber | Hachette UK

Legendary by Stephanie Garber (Reread): The first time I read Legendary, I wasn’t the biggest fan of it. I found Tella selfish and annoying, and I missed reading from Scarlett’s pespective. But this time around, I absolutely LOVED Legendary! I think it’s partially because I came into it knowing what to expect, and partially because I found many more things to appreciate about the book. I even found myself connecting with Tella’s character more, and while I still love and relate to Scarlett the best, I do have admiration for Tella as well! Overall, my second read of Legendary was so much better than my first one, and I’m really glad I gave it a second chance! Rating: ★★★★★

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Finale: Caraval Series Book 3 by Stephanie Garber (English) Paperback Book  Free 9781473666788 | eBay

Finale by Stephanie Garber: Oh gosh, this last installment in the Caraval trilogy was such a glittering, magical finale! I guess that’s why Finale is the title of the book 😂 I really enjoyed all of the new plot elements Garber introduced in this novel, and I liked that I got to read from both Scarlett and Tella’s perspectives (but I do feel like there were a lot more Tella chapters than Scarlett chapters 😭). The ending of Finale felt a little rushed to me (I think the book could’ve been a bit longer), but I still really liked it, and it’s reassuring to know that there’s an upcoming spin-off series set in the Caraval universe… hopefully it’ll answer some of the questions I still have! Rating: ★★★★★

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A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire (Blood and Ash, book 2) by Jennifer L Armentrout

A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer L. Armentrout: I liked this book, but not as much as everyone else did. With all of the bookstagram hype it’s gotten, I expected to fall head over heels in love with it! Everyone told me it was so fast paced that they read it in a day (this is 600+ pages we’re talking about). But this book was SUCH a drag for me. It was really slow paced, and it didn’t really pick up until the very end. The ending WAS pretty awesome, and I AM excited for the sequel, but I can’t deny that this book let me down quite a lot. Book one was so much better. Plus, Poppy and Casteel both annoy be SO MUCH. And their relationship is toxic AF, but nobody seems to want to talk about that… Rating: ★★★½☆

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Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi | Paperback | Epic Reads

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (Reread): The Shatter Me series is one of my all-time favorites (perhaps THE all-time favorite), so you can imagine how happy (and emotional) I was to revisit it this month. It was really interesting to see this broken, frightened version of Juliette after having gotten to know the strong, powerful woman she eventually becomes in the later books, which I have already read. But I think that makes her emotional journey all the more impactful. Tahereh Mafi’s writing style is absolutely stunning (even though some of her metaphors are a bit… out there), and the story’s plot is fueled by constant action, mystery, and character development. The only reason why I gave this book 4 stars and not 5 is because 1) the world-building sucks and is incredibly vague, and 2) I am 100% #TeamWarnette, so it was difficult to watch the romance between Juliette and Adam unfold. 😂 Rating: ★★★★☆

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What happened in Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi? Full recap.

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi (Reread): I enjoyed Unravel Me even more than Shatter Me both times I read it! I love how in it, we start to see a glimpse of Juliette’s emotional growth, even though she is pretty closed off and cold at the start of the book. I also love how we get a ton of Warnette action in this book (Chapter 62… if you know, you know). Warner is such a deep, complicated character, and peeling back his emotional layers alongside Juliette was such a beautiful experience. I also appreciated the fact that we got to see a lot more of Kenji in this installment, for he is, after all, the best character in the whole series. Rating: ★★★★★

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It’s finals season, so I basically had NO time to blog this month… But winter break is almost here, so I promise I’ll be back to my normal posting schedule soon!

October 2020 Wrap-Up

November 2020 Book Haul

Next week is finals week, so I definitely won’t have any time to blog 😦 But on the bright side, I have two weeks of winter break after that! So you can expect tons of content from me then!

As for reading, I’m not exactly sure how many books I’ll be able to finish by the end of the month… by the end of the YEAR, I mean! I only have two books left until I meet my Goodreads 2020 Reading Challenge goal of 100 books, and I have confidence that I can do it! I started off this year in a really terrible reading slump, so I’m proud of myself for being able to bounce back and still read tons of great books!

Gosh, can you guys believe that 2020 is nearly over? I certainly can’t! Cheers to hoping 2021 will be a better year than this one was! 😂

Bye for now,