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Favorite Reads from Winter 17/18!

Hello everyone! Since it’s officially Spring, I thought it would be fun to share my favorite books that I read this past season!

I don’t have a huge amount of books to share, especially since I’m super picky about my ratings for books and what I deem to be a favorite read, but these are my most memorable ones for sure.

fyi: You can click the titles of the books to go to the goodreads page!

Traitor to the Throne
My review

By: Alwyn Hamiltontraitor

This is actually the sequel to Rebel of the Sands, and BOY DID I LOVE THIS BOOK. I enjoyed the first book quite a bit, but the second just completely blew my mind. I loved every single aspect of it, and I rambled away in my review for this book because I’m still too obsessed. Highly recommend this series to you guys if you are looking for a book that has a middle-eastern setting, djinn, and an awesome rebellion. I gave this 5/5 stars!

Strange the Dreamer
My review

By: Laini Taylor 28449207

Another fantastic read! This is probably the most stunning book I’ve ever read, just by the writing and the world itself. Everything is written so beautifully that you can’t help but love the book. One of the main things that I appreciate about this book is that there isn’t a clear villian. Yes, there’s obviously the main point of conflict, but even the people who are seen as the “good guys,” have done some really terrible things, which adds that extra element to the story, of what is too much. Plus our main character in this book is an avid reader and topped with the brilliant writing style, it’s a must read! I gave this 4.5/5 stars!

The Cruel Prince
My review

By: Holly Black 5183qqfkzcl-_sx329_bo1204203200_

I feel like I talk about this book way too much, but that’s a good sign right? A piece of advice, go into the book ignoring all the hype, (which is what I did) and I think that’s what made me really love this book. I didn’t have any extreme expectations, and when certain twists and turns did take place in the book, I was so into it.

Something that I love about this book, was the fact that pretty much all the characters are horrible. And I don’t mean throughout the whole course of the book, but literally every single one of them has done something that’s terrible, and to me it really shows how the characters in this book live and how they are treated by others. I gave this 5/5 stars!

Sleeping Giants
My review

By: Sylvain Neuvel25733990

This is most definitely my favorite audiobook of all time. If any of you guys are even the slightest bit interested in this book JUST READ IT! You seriously won’t regret it because just the prologue had me completely hooked onto this story. The premise is so interesting that you keep reading because you need to know what happens! I recommend this to everyone who loves sci-fi! I gave it 4/5 stars!

Those are my top favorite reads of Winter, (I warned you that I didn’t have a bunch to share since I’m so indecisive 😂) but I hope I got some of you a bit intrigued into these books, enough to look more into them!

What are some of your favorite Winter reads? And do you agree/disagree with any of mine?

Thanks for reading!
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A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab


Title: A Darker Shade of Magic
Author: V.E. Schwab
Publisher: Tor Books
My Rating: 4 stars! ⭐️
Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.
Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.
Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.
After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.
Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

My Review:
I was very pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this book! Yes, I have been hearing a lot of mixed things about this first book especially, so I went into reading it with somewhat low expectations, and I’m really glad that I did!
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Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Surprised Me!

Hello everyone! I’m super excited for today’s TTT topic, especially since I have some pretty awesome books I want to share with you all!

The books that I’m listing are ones that surprised me in a good way! ☺️

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl, and here’s a little blurb from her blog about it:

I assign each Tuesday a topic and then post my top ten list that fits that topic. You’re more than welcome to join me and create your own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well. Feel free to put a unique spin on the topic to make it work for you! 

The Cruel Prince 
By: Holly Black

Usually with books that are extremely hyped, I tend not to like them as much, or I avoid them for a little bit, but for this book that was not the case! I ended up loving this book SO much, and it’s still my favorite read of the year (even though it was one of the first books I read in January!)

It took me a little bit to get fully immersed into the world, but once I was sucked in, I flew through the book in one night!

The Song of Achilles
By: Madelline Miller


At this point, I talk about this book way too much, but of course this book surprised me because I did not expect it to be my favorite book of all time! 😁

Six of Crows
By: Leigh Bardugo


I read this book almost three years ago, (can’t believe its been that long!) and I’m still obsessed with it! I really enjoyed the first two books in the Grisha trilogy, but I was not a fan of how Ruin and Rising ended, which is why I wasn’t too excited for Six of Crows, but boy was I wrong!

This duology has some of my all-time favorite characters and the story-line of it is amazingly done. I can’t wait for King of Scars next year!

A Darker Shade of Magic 
By: V.E. Schwab


This is my most recent read and I am so happy with how much I enjoyed it! I’ll have my full thoughts on it posted in my review soon, but it took me about 45 pages to get into the world, and after that I was hooked!

So that’s all I have for today, let me know the books that surprised you in the comments below!

And, as a side note, I FINALLY picked up City of Lost Souls again and I honestly can’t believe it! I’m a little intimidated by it since I forgot a lot of what happened, but hopefully I’ll actually stick to reading this book instead of putting it down again. 🙈

Thanks for reading!
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Books I MUST read in 2018!

Hello everyone! I decided to do this fun little post, (even though it’s literally March…) to share with you guys the books I MUST read before 2018 is over. (I know this is really late, but ya girl still wants to set some goals for herself 😂)

I already made a most anticipated 2018 reads list, which were books that are coming out this year, but for this list I’m going to be talking about books that have already been released for quite awhile. This is mainly to share with you guys the books that I still haven’t read…

The Mortal Instruments + The Dark Artificies
Author: Cassandra Clare

I WILL DO IT. I SWEAR. I’ve been so motivated to read this series these past few weeks, and I am determined to catch up! I mean, I only have City of Lost Souls, City of Heavenly Fire, Lady Midnight, and Lord of Shadows…it’s not impossible, BUT THE BOOKS ARE SO FREAKIN LONG. (Don’t worry, I will make a promise to myself to catch up before October!)
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WWW Wednesday – March 7th, 2018

Hello everyone! I’m finally reading some new books, so I can actually post one of these again without being too repetitive on the things I’m reading! 😂

If you didn’t know, WWW Wednesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

The Three W’s are:
-What are you currently reading?
-What did you recently finish reading?
-What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

A Darker Shade of Magic
Author: V.E Schwab

I am so mad at myself for not reading this sooner! I’m so pleasantly surprised by it! During the first 20 pages, I was a bit iffy about it, but I kept reading and it’s so good! I do see some mixed things about the first book, but I’m really happy that I’m enjoying it! (like REALLY enjoying it!)

Every Heart a Doorway
Author: Seanan McGuire

Yay for finally listening to a new audiobook! I’ve barely started this, so I can’t say too much about my thoughts, but it’s a pretty short audiobook so I’m hoping to finish it soon!

What did you recently finish reading?

I finished reading Blood and Sand by C.V. Wyk a couple days ago! I enjoyed it quite a bit and I’ll have my review up for it as soon as possible!

What do you think you’ll read next?


Probably Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi! I was going to start it as soon as it came out, but I have some exams later this week and next week, so I won’t have any time to properly start a new book!

But I definitely hope I will like it as much as Ignite Me!

That’s it! Thank you guys so much for reading! Link your own WWW Wednesday post in the comments so I can check it out!

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Read-A-Thon Wrap Up!

Whaaaaaat I actually finished a book during my read-a-thon? Scratch that, 2 books?
Who am I? 😂

I keep saying that I barely read anything during this read-a-thon, BUT I actually completed the goals that I set for myself in my last post, which were…

-Start & finish reading Blood and Sand by C.V. Wyk ✓
-Finish listening to Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman ✓
-Start reading ADSOM by V.E Schwab ✓

So technically…I successfully completed the read-a-thon, (even though the total number of pages I read isn’t that impressive) BUT STILL.
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March TBR! [2018]

Hello! I decided to post my March TBR, especially since I’m planning to (hopefully) knock off a couple of books tomorrow!

I’ve been wanting to do a 24 hour read-a-thon for so long after watching Zoe Herdt’s vlogs all the time, but never have the chance to participate on the same day!

And I’m actually free tomorrow (Thursday March 1) so I decided it would be a perfect time to do one by myself! Essentially, it’ll be following all the same rules as any other 24 readathon, and I’ll be posting a blog post of my wrap up!

Now, onto my March TBR!

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The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon [BOOK REVIEW]


Title: The Bird and the Sword
Author: Amy Harmon
My Rating: ?????
The day my mother was killed, she told my father I wouldn’t speak again, and she told him if I died, he would die too. Then she predicted the king would trade his soul and lose his son to the sky.
My father has a claim to the throne, and he is waiting in the shadows for all of my mother’s words to come to pass. He wants desperately to be king, and I just want to be free.
But freedom will require escape, and I’m a prisoner of my mother’s curse and my father’s greed. I can’t speak or make a sound, and I can’t wield a sword or beguile a king. In a land purged of enchantment, love might be the only magic left, and who could ever love . . . a bird?

My Review:
I honestly don’t know what to rate this. This is one of those books that I really started to become invested in near the end, but not so much during the middle of the book.

The writing in this is absolutely gorgeous. I loved how the author was able to portray Lark’s thoughts and opinions so well, even though she couldn’t verbally express them. The writing has this lyrical quality to it which made it flow so well through your head, you could just read the whole book in one sitting.
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2018 Liebster Award!

Hello everyone! I’m EXTREMELY excited and happy to be nominated for this by the lovely Lili over at Lili’s Blissful Pages! (Check out her blog, she’s honestly amazing). It’s an award that people get nominated for, in which you can check out all the rules over at The Global Aussie!

  1. What’s the worst book you ever read?

Already starting off with the hard one! I don’t necessary complete books that I don’t like from the beginning (my DNF pile IS HUGE), but for a book that I strongly disliked (not sure if it’s the worst just yet) would have to be Caraval by Stephanie Garber.

I know a lot of people who love this book, as well as a handful who hate it. I’m definitely leaning more towards hate, especially because this was a book I was so looking forward to! I read the synopsis and was obsessed with the idea of what the book could be, based on the little snippet given to us. For that, it’s 100% my fault, since I hyped it up WAY too much for myself. But at the same time, I felt like the book could have been executed so much better.

I found every single character in the book to be irritating and I felt that they weren’t engaging enough for me to be interested in the story at all. Also the plot and setting of the book was so confusing for me to read, since everything was supposed to be a mystery in the novel. It just wasn’t a good read for me at all.
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