February Wrap-Up and Haul!

Hello, readers!

The month of February has come and gone, and I read one book for fun and one book for class in the span of the month, and I only bought one book, so let’s just jump right in!

Let’s get started!


1.) Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

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Series: Six of Crows, #2

Rating: 5 stars

Time I Read: 38 days

Read my review here.

Synopsis: Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world.

2. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

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Series: N/A

Rating: 5 stars

Time I Read: 6 days


BOOKS I BOUGHT

1.) The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins

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Series: N/A

Length: 608 pages

Have I Read It: No


I’ll be back soon with my March TBR!

See you then!

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Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo Review!

SPOILER ALERT: This is the second and final book in the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo. There are spoilers in this review, so if you have not read the first book of the series, go and read it! This review will be here when you come back!

Started: January 18, 2017

Finished: February 24, 2017

Rating: 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world.


Well.

I made it through.

And I already miss it.

Six of Crows was amazingly good. And while this book didn’t beat it in terms of how much I enjoyed it, it came pretty damn close.

love this world. I desperately want more of this series, but sadly it’s only a duology. Leigh Bardugo’s world building is second to none. I don’t have much interest  in the Grisha trilogy, but I may just read it for Leigh’s writing and world. She takes her complex world and writes it beautifully to create vivid pictures in a reader’s mind. I had such a complete mental picture of Ketterdam that I was completely immersed in the world from the beginning.

The story of this novel was riveting. It took me a long time to read it, but that doesn’t mean it was any less exciting and enthralling than the first one. This novel was gorgeous storytelling and gorgeous writing and it had me hooked. The story of this gang of outcasts taking on the person who wronged them was so completely entrancing to me. I felt like I was there watching it all take place.

Another thing that had me hooked was the characters.

Oh my goodness, the characters.

Every character was extraordinarily written. I felt like I understood them, I felt like I knew them, at some points I felt like I was them. I felt every emotion they felt and I can’t believe how well written every single on of them is. But there’s one in particular that I still have to mention specifically.

Come on, you all know that I have to talk about Kaz Brekker.

Kaz Brekker may be the Bastard of the Barrel, but he’s also the love of my life. I can’t handle how much I love Kaz, and this book just amplified that love. His character arc, his actions, the way he speaks. Everything had me hanging on to every word that Leigh writes about him. I need more Kaz Brekker, please.

All in all, this book made me laugh and it made me cry. I loved it, and I love this series, and that’s really all I can say. I need more of the Dregs. I need more Kaz Brekker. Please. Anything, Leigh. I’ll take anything.


NEXT READ: The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins

R.I.P. It or Ship It Tag!

Hello, readers!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I am an avid shipper in a lot of fandoms, but there are just some pairings out there that I cannot ship, and a lot of those are rare pairs.

Which is why this tag should be fun!

The basics of this tag are this:

  1. I will enter the names of random characters from books into a random thing picker.
  2. The random thing picker will select two names.
  3. I will then tell you if I would ship them, or if I would want that ship to die out.

And that’s it! I’ll do about ten of them!

So without further ado,  let’s get started!


1.) Violet Markey (All the Bright Places) and Leo Valdez (Heroes of Olympus)

R.I.P. it or Ship It: Ship!

I actually think this would be a pretty cute ship! Leo’s pretty fun and exciting, and I think he would be able to pull Violet out of her depression at least a little bit. I think Violet would be able to calm Leo down a lot, and I think they would be able to understand each other pretty well!

2.) Emmett Cullen (Twilight) and Karou (Daughter of Smoke & Bone)

R.I.P. It or Ship It: R.I.P.

This one’s got to be a R.I.P. I just can’t see Emmett and Karou ever working as couple. They’re a bit too different for me to see anything but disaster  if they ever got together.

3.) Blue Sargent (The Raven Cycle) and Massie Block (The Clique)

R.I.P. It or Ship It: HAHAHAHA R.I.P.

There is NO CHANCE of this ship ever being anything but a disaster. For one, Massie Block wouldn’t go anywhere near Blue Sargent in her life. She would take one look and dismiss her as unattractive and unfashionable, and Blue would dismiss Massie as superficial and narcissistic. Absolutely a R.I.P. ship.

4.) Annabeth Chase (Percy Jackson and the Olympians/Heroes of Olympus) and Noah Sweetwine (I’ll Give You the Sun)

R.I.P. It or Ship It: R.I.P.

I can see this being a really great friendship, but nothing more. But these two would probably be really great friends and I love picturing that.

5.) Hazel Levesque (Heroes of Olympus) and Nina Zenik (Six of Crows)

R.I.P. It or Ship It: Ship?

I’m undecided on if this would be a hilarious disaster or a joyous success. I feel like they would get along, but I don’t know about their relationship lasting very long. So I’m going to go with maybe ship, but I think the relationship would fall apart.

6.) Jude Sweetwine (I’ll Give You the Sun) and Piper Greenmantle (The Raven Cycle)

R.I.P. It or Ship It: R.I.P.

I wouldn’t wish Piper Greenmantle as a significant other on anyone, so this is a definite R.I.P.

7.) Rose Hathaway (Vampire Academy) and Cole St. Clair (The Wolves of Mercy Falls)

R.I.P. It or Ship It: SHIP!

This one is an absolute yes. I can see Rose and Cole having a nice dynamic and not putting up with the other’s ridiculousness. So this one is a definite ship.

8.) Levi (Fangirl) and Nymphadora Tonks (Harry Potter)

R.I.P. It or Ship It: Ship

I think this one could be cute. Levi could work with just about anyone, and Tonks is just cool enough that I think she and Levi would look really good together. Their personalities would mesh together pretty well, so I think they would be an okay ship!

9.) Park (Eleanor & Park) and Isabelle Lightwood (The Mortal Instruments)

R.I.P. It or Ship It: R.I.P.

Isabelle would leave Park in the dust. She needs someone who can keep up with her, and I just don’t think Park can keep up with Isabelle. So this one’s a R.I.P. for me.

10.) Akiva (Daughter of Smoke & Bone) and Percy Jackson (Percy Jackson and the Olympians/Heroes of Olympus)

R.I.P. It or Ship It: R.I.P.

This could be a friendship, but Akiva is too serious for Percy. Percy’s personality is serious, but fun, and Akiva is just too serious for that kind of person. So this is a R.I.P.


Thanks for reading this fun and quick  Valentine’s Day post!

I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day however you choose to celebrate!

See you again soon!

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo Review!

Started: December 25, 2016

Finished: January 18, 2017

Rating: 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone… A convict with a thirst for revenge. A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager. A runaway with a privileged past. A spy known as the Wraith. A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums. A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes. Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.


My first book of 2017 did not disappoint!

I’ve been looking forward to reading Six of Crows since it came out, but I never got around to actually buying it and reading it. When Crooked Kingdom came out and they released a box set, I asked for it for Christmas and my mom got it for me. So here we are!

I’ve never read a Leigh Bardugo novel before, so it took me a while to get acclimated with her world and world of the Grisha. It took me a few chapters to actually figure out what a Grisha is, but if I had read the Grisha trilogy, I would have known right off the bat, so that wasn’t really a weakness on Leigh Bardugo’s part.

The world-building of this novel was incredible. Never before had I been so completely sucked in by a fictional world. Ketterdam felt like a real place to me, and everywhere they talked about in the book felt real. I loved that there was a map at the front of the book for reference (and because I just love maps).

I feel like if I had read the Grisha trilogy before this, things would have made more sense, but this book can absolutely be read and understood if you’re like me and have no real desire to read the Grisha trilogy.

Another great thing that I loved about this book was the characters. Every character in this novel  was great. I’ll get to my favorite in a minute because I’ll have to devote a paragraph to him. But other than my favorite, I found myself drawn to every character in this novel.  I wanted to know more about everyone, especially Inej and Wylan. They were all so complex and well-written and dynamic that I can’t find fault with any of them.

Now let’s get to what you guys know is coming if you’ve read any of the reviews where I fell in love with a character: the favorite character paragraph.

I fell in love with Kaz Brekker.

From the very first time he spoke, I was irrevocably in love with him. His character was so mysterious, and complex that I was just constantly craving more. I’m halfway through Crooked Kingdom and I know so much about him, but I feel like nothing will ever be enough to satisfy the need to know more about Kaz Brekker. And the way that Leigh writes him, it’s as if the more you know about him, the less you feel like you know because of his mysterious nature. I loved his backstory, I loved this air of mystery,  I loved the constant misdirection so that Leigh could slip little tidbits through with her storytelling. I just love Kaz Brekker a lot.

Overall, Six of Crows lived up to the hype. It proved itself to be everything I thought it was going to be, and I can’t wait to finish Crooked Kingdom.


NEXT READ: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo/Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

February TBR!

Hello, readers!

So I’m actually not quite decided on my February TBR.

I’m going to SE-YA bookfest in March, so I really need to get some books read by those authors. But also, I still have so many books to read from Christmas.

So, I may not actually end up reading the books in this list, or I may end up reading all of them. We’ll see how February goes!

Let’s get started!


1.) Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

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Synopsis: I’m not going to put the synopsis for this, because it’s very spoilery for the first book. It’s the second and final book in the Six of Crows duology, and I highly recommend reading the first book if you haven’t because it’s my favorite book right now and I love it.

2.) The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

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Synopsis: What isn’t written, isn’t remembered. Even your crimes. Nadia lives in the city of Canaan, where life is safe and structured, hemmed in by white stone walls and no memory of what came before. But every twelve years the city descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day of no remorse, when each person’s memories – of parents, children, love, life, and self – are lost. Unless they have been written. In Canaan, your book is your truth and your identity, and Nadia knows exactly who hasn’t written the truth. Because Nadia is the only person in Canaan who has never forgotten. But when Nadia begins to use her memories to solve the mysteries of Canaan, she discovers truths about herself and Gray, the handsome glassblower, that will change her world forever. As the anarchy of the Forgetting approaches, Nadia and Gray must stop an unseen enemy that threatens both their city and their own existence – before the people can forget the truth. And before Gray can forget her.

3.) Violent Ends by Various Authors (Edited by Shaun David Hutchinson)

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Synopsis: It took only twenty-two minutes for Kirby Matheson to exit his car, march onto school grounds, enter the gymnasium, and open fire, killing six and injuring five others. But this isn’t a story about the shooting itself. This isn’t about recounting that one unforgettable day. This is about Kirby and how one boy—who had friends, enjoyed reading, played saxophone in the band, and had never been in trouble before—became a monster capable of entering his school with a loaded gun and firing on his classmates. Each chapter is told from a different victim’s viewpoint, giving insight into who Kirby was and who he’d become. Some are sweet, some are dark; some are seemingly unrelated, about fights or first kisses or late-night parties. This is a book of perspectives—with one character and one event drawing them all together—from the minds of some of YA’s most recognizable names.

4.) Kids of Appetite by David Arnold

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Synopsis: Victor Benucci and Madeline Falco have a story to tell. It begins with the death of Vic’s father. It ends with the murder of Mad’s uncle. The Hackensack Police Department would very much like to hear it. But in order to tell their story, Vic and Mad must focus on all the chapters in between. This is a story about: 1. A coded mission to scatter ashes across New Jersey. 2. The momentous nature of the Palisades in winter. 3. One dormant submarine. 4. Two songs about flowers. 5. Being cool in the traditional sense. 6. Sunsets & ice cream & orchards & graveyards. 7. Simultaneous extreme opposites. 8. A narrow escape from a war-torn country. 9. A story collector. 10. How to listen to someone who does not talk. 11. Falling in love with a painting. 12. Falling in love with a song. 13. Falling in love.


See you soon with another post!

January Wrap-Up and Haul!

Hello, readers!

It’s been so long since I did a proper wrap-up and haul on this blog. I’ve done a couple over on my Instagram, but I’ve missed doing them here as well.

I only finished one book in the month of January, but I bought a TON of books because I had to buy them for school.

So let’s get started!


BOOKS I READ

1.) Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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Series: Six of Crows, #1

Rating: 5 stars

Time I Read: 25 days

Synopsis: Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone… A convict with a thirst for revenge. A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager. A runaway with a privileged past. A spy known as the Wraith. A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums. A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes. Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

I’ll be getting a review up for this book later this week, but for know, just know this: I LOVED THIS BOOK.


BOOKS I BOUGHT

1.) The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

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Series: The Forgetting, #1

Length: 403 pages

Have I Read It: No

2.) Shopaholic & Baby by Sophie Kinsella

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Series: Shopaholic, #5

Length: 359 pages

Have I Read It: No

3.) The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

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Series: N/A

Length: 178 pages

Have I Read It:  No

4.) The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

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Series: N/A

Length: 366 pages

Have I Read It: No

5.) A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle

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Series: Time Quintet, #1

Length: 247 pages

Have I Read It: No

6.) Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

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Series: N/A

Length: 292 pages

Have I Read It: No

7.) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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Series: The Hunger Games, #1

Length: 374 pages

Have I Read It: Yes

8.) Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

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Series: Warm Bodies, #1

Length: 256 pages

Have I Read It: No

9.) The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

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Series: N/A

Length: 419 pages

Have I Read It: No

10.) Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder

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Series: N/A

Length: 412 pages

Have I Read It: No

11.) YOLO  by Lauren Myracle

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Series: Internet Girls, #4

Length: 208 pages

Have I Read It: No

12.) Awake by Natasha Preston

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Series: N/A

Length: 314 pages

Have I Read It: No

13.) Spotlight by Melody Carlson

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Series: On the Runway, #4

Length: 224 pages

Have I Read It: No

14.) Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

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Series: N/A

Length: 296 pages

Have I Read It: No

15.) Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

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Series: N/A

Length: 500 pages

Have I Read It: Yes

16.) The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

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Series: Oz,  #1

Length: 154 pages

Have I Read It: No

17.) Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

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Series: N/A

Length: 185 pages

Have I Read It: Yes

22.) Kids of Appetite by David Arnold

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Series: N/A

Length: 352 pages

Have I Read It: No


That’s it for my wrap-up and haul  for January!

I’ll have another post up soon!

See you then!

Top Ten Books of 2016!

Hello, readers!

It’s been a while, hasn’t it?

My laptop’s been broken since November, and WordPress mobile is terrible to use, so I haven’t been able to post like I wanted to.

But I’m back and ready to share with you all!

To make up for it, I’m going to try to get a post out every day this week and catch up on what I missed, starting with my top ten books of 2016!

2016 was a great year for books, there’s no doubt about it. I’m really happy with all of the books that I read this year, but for the purpose of this post, I’m only  picking my top ten.

This top ten is in no particular order, because there’s no way I could pick a number one out of these novels.

Let’s get started!


1.) The Last Good Day of the Year by Jessica Warman

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Read: September 5-8

Read my review here!

This book blew me away when I read it, and it still catches my attention every time I look at my bookshelves. I highly recommend this book to any mystery/thriller fans out there!

2.) Places  No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff

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Read: August 4-22

Read my review here!

Gorgeous writing, amazing characters, and an amazing story. This book has everything, and I loved it. I would recommend this book to any person out there searching a different type of YA contemporary.

3.) Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne, J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany

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Read: July 31

Read my review here!

Surprise, surprise. I loved this book, even though a lot of people hated it after reading it (my best friend hated it after she thought about it more), but it was amazing to me. The characters are my favorite characters in the entire  Harry Potter series, and there was no way it wouldn’t end up on my list. I would recommend this book to everyone. Literally everyone.

4.) I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

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Read: July 4-7

I’m Jandy Nelson trash, honestly. I’ll read any book this woman writes, because her writing is just AMAZING. This one is probably my favorite between the two books she’s written (I think I changed that from what I wrote in my review). It’s so good. I love all of the characters and the story is gorgeously written. I would recommend this book to anyone who’s a fan of YA contemporary.

5.) The Crown by Kiera Cass

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Read: June 25-26

Read my review here!

I loved this book, and if I was doing this in order, it would probably be number two. I know some people were a bit underwhelmed by this book, but it was amazing to me. Like I couldn’t believe how good this conclusion to one of my favorite series is. I’ll probably reread this series at some point this year, and I can’t wait to reread this book.I would recommend this book to someone who isn’t sure they want to finish The Selection series (like my best friend).

6.) The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

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Read: May 31-June 4

Read my review here!

How could I not put The Raven Cycle conclusion on this list? I love The Raven Cycle, it’s one of my favorite series, and this book was no exception. I wasn’t too happy with the ending, but I can get over it for the rest of this book.

7.) Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

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Read: May 12-19

Read my review here!

Another author that I’m trash for. I love historical fiction, and Ruta Sepetys is a master historical fiction author. I love her books, and this one caused me a lot of pain. I would recommend this book to anyone who’s a fan of historical fiction (or just a fan of incredible writing).

8.) All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

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Read: March 26-29

Read my review here!

I’m a sucker for books like this. It makes me angry how  much this book falls into the category that I love, but I can’t help it. This book is amazing, and I love it so much. I would recommend this to anyone who loves darker contemporary YA (like me).

9.) The Curiosities: A Collection of Stories by Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff

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Read: March 12-19

Read my review here!

Maggie Stiefvater is my favorite author of all time, so it’s no surprise that two of her books made it onto this list. These short stories are some of the best that I’ve read, and Brenna Yovanoff quickly got added to my favorite authors list because of this book. I loved all of the stories in this, and I would recommend it to anyone who likes anthologies, or any of these authors.

10.) Sweetly by Jackson Pearce

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Read: February 2-17

Read my review here!

Yet another author that I am complete and utter trash for. I love Jackson Pearce’s fairytale retellings, and this one was really good. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a twisted take on classic fairytales.


And that’s it for my favorite books of 2016!

It kind of turned into a list of authors that I’m trash for, but I genuinely loved all of these books on this list.

What were your favorite books of 2016? Let me know down in the comments!

I’ll be posting again tomorrow!

See you then!