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A Big Book Haul!

Hello everyone! I decided to show you guys the twelve books that I bought in the months of December and January, since it’s DEFINITELY a lot more than I usually buy.

I had all my final exams this month (January), and after my last exam I spent waaaay too much money buying books because I honestly deserved it after all that stress. 😂


After reading and loving The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner, I went ahead and bought the other three books in the series…

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My Top Book OTP’s!

Happy Valentine’s Day! In honor of this lovely day, I decided to share with you guys my top 8 book ships! (Obviously I have A LOT more than these listed, but these ones are my MAIN ships. Like the ones that will always stay in my lonely heart forever :P).

(Oh gosh I’m going to have a lot of trouble ranking these…)

Mare and Denna
Book:
Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

MORE PEOPLE NEED TO THIS BOOK. Now that I think about it, it’s perfect for Valentine’s Day! It’s about two princesses falling in love and it is so amazing. (I’m pretty sure I gave it 5 stars!) Mare and Denna are honestly the absolute cutest couple and I will protect them with my soul.

Harry and Ginny
Book: 
Harry Potter by J.K Rowling

I don’t think it’s that well known of how much I ship these two. I think last year(?) I did a reread of the whole series…JUST TO FIND and DEVOUR all canon Hinny moments. Don’t worry, I’m not obsessed or anything…But I mean the chosen one and his best friends sister? How cute!

Nesta and Cassian
Book: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Holy smokes I love these two SO MUCH. They have so much potential and so much unresolved business between them, especially after the events of ACOWAR. Their story better not be finished because I want a trilogy based solely on these two.

Warner and Juliette
Book: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

What a couple. They are literally so aesthetic. And there’s three more books with these precious gems that we get to enjoy? This is all I could ask for. Warner is honestly the love of my life (but so is everyone else on this list??)


So, I’m a bit hesitant to add this one onto the list, but I will anyways…
*sort of spoilers for Shadow and Bone?*

The Darkling and Alina
Book: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

HEAR ME OUT. I ship Alina with the Darkling that Leigh Bardugo did not create. I feel like this guy could have had the most amazing and iconic redemption plot known to man. LIKE IT WAS RIGHT THERE. But it didn’t happen. Yes the Darkling is absolutely terrible to Alina and I don’t condone any of that, but I ship Alina with the Darkling that the fanfiction authors have made (one who is actually a good person). Idk I just felt like I needed to add these two even though it doesn’t necessarily make sense but whatever.

Magnus and Cleo
Book: Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

If you are looking for the absolute perfect hate to love book trope, this is the couple for you. A princess and a prince from warring kingdoms coming together? What more could you ask for? PLUS this book has the most amazing development and it’s such a slow burn romance GOODNESS GRACIOUS.

Feyre and Rhysand
Book: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

I mean, are you surprised? This is the ship that is so unrealistic but WE LOVE IT ANYWAY. Yes, we are all waiting for a 500 year old fae male who is undoubtedly the most attractive man in the whole universe to finally confess to being our one and only soulmate. It’s only a matter of time!!

But in all honestly, this is a perfect ship. Rhysand is the perfect man who treats Feyre perfectly, and it’s a great example of what people should strive towards in a relationship. (minus the part of being immortal and fae).

And finally…

Patroclus and Achilles
Book: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

These two…they are my all-time favorite couple. There’s no denying it, I love them more than I can sanely admit. This is one of those things where my favorite book will always take the spot for everything, but THIS couple fits perfectly for number one.


Hope you guys enjoyed this! Let me know down in the comments below if you agree (or disagree) with any of these! And what are some of your all-time favorite ships?

Thanks for reading!
-Ashley
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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Spoiler-free!

Title: Strange the Dreamer
Author: Laini Taylor
Publisher: Little Brown
My Rating: 4.5 stars! ⭐️
Description:
The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.
What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?
The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?
Welcome to Weep.

My Review:
What. A. Book. This is one of those books where you are INSTANTLY captivated by the story. Usually it takes me awhile to finally get into a book, but not this one! By page 10 I was already obsessed with how stunning Laini Taylor’s writing was, and how she was able to introduce characters that you immediately took a liking for.

All I’m going to tell you, is that this book follows our main character Lazlo Strange who is such a passionate and kind soul, obsessed with this mythical lost city named Weep.

Lazlo Strange is a fantastic main character. There was something so real about him, probably due to the fact that he was so genuinely kind, and not hiding behind some ulterior motive. It’s been awhile since I’ve read a book with a main character who is so different than others. Who is 100% genuinely good. Even though he didn’t possess any significant talent or expertise, he was a dreamer who wanted to come along for the ride.

I’ve read a lot of books with amazing character development, but this book steals the deal. Literally all the characters are so wonderfully complex and developed, from people like Eril-Fane and Lazlo. Strange the Dreamer is most definitely the best book I’ve read so far—solely for characterization. (And it’s only the first book!)

And the world. Oh jesus. Laini Taylor was able to create this STUNNINGLY gorgeous and lush world. (I could honestly keep going with these synonyms). It was so well written and so magical, that it felt like you were seeing the world with your eyes. I also love the ease of which she was able to switch to different character perspectives. It wasn’t abruptly thrown at you, but transitioned smoothly.

The reason I docked off half a star, was because I didn’t necessarily like how the romance started to shift to become the main focus of the book. It was foreseeable and scarce at some points in the book—those parts sitting well with me, but towards the end of the book, it felt like it engulfed the plot. It’s weird, because usually I LIVE for this particular subplot, but for this book I wanted more action/adventure versus the romance.

I definitely think this is one of those books that you should go into not knowing a lot about. This way it allows the story to unravel for itself, rather than you already knowing the basis behind the book beforehand. Also, take your time with this one! It’s a book where you should enjoy the brillant writing style and characters!

Thank you guys so much for reading! Let me know if you’ve read any other Laini Taylor book!

Ashley
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WWW Wednesday – February 7, 2018

Ooooh back with another WWW Wednesday! I didn’t participate for the past two weeks because I was still reading/listening to the same books, but this week I have a brand new list!

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?

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The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
Yes! I’m so happy to be continuing on with this series, especially since I’ve been hearing that these books get better and better with each installment! I’m only about 30 pages in so far, but I have high expectations for this book!

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
This is an audiobook that I picked up on a whim…it wasn’t even a book I was expecting to read anytime soon, but I just felt pretty tempted to read it, and who doesn’t love mythology?

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
I’M LOVING THIS BOOK. I kinda sorta stopped all my other current reads and am focusing solely on this one, but I still plan to finish my other ones. I totally picked this one up randomly on my kindle, and then decided I needed the physical copy. So I had to spend an excuriating day waiting for it to arrive from amazon. (Yes I’m being dramatic). But I didn’t realize how massive this book is. It’ll take me a couple of days to finish for sure!

What did you recently finish?

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The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
LITERALLY OBSESSED with this book. I spend waaaaaay too much of my time on tumblr and twitter searching this book up. I can’t believe we have to wait a full year before the next book comes out. Read my full review here.

Everless by Sara Holland
Also another excellent read! I really enjoyed this one, but I can’t even come close to comparing it to The Cruel Prince, since that book blew me away. Read my full review here.

What do you think you’ll read next?

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Immortal Reign by Morgan Rhodes
Definitely this book. It was out yesterday and it’s one of my most anticipated reads and I can’t wait to sob over it.

Blood and Sand by C.V. Wyk
Another book I’ll probably get to in the first weeks of February. This book is about warriors and princesses and gladiators, and it just sounds so awesome!

Thank you guys for reading!
-Ashley
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January Wrap Up + February TBR! [2018]

Hello everyone! Can you believe it, I actually read enough to make a wrap up list! I’m really happy with the five books I read this month, especially since January is finals month where I live, so I was pretty productive. I’m also posting a February TBR along with this list, so stay tuned for that at the end!

January Wrap up

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Author: Elise Kova
My Rating: 4/5 stars!

What a great start to the year! This is one of those books that actually wasn’t on my immediate TBR, but I was like why not read the second book to this series! It was definitely a mood read, and I’m super glad that I picked it up. If you didn’t know, the Air Awakens series by Elise Kova follows our main protagonist Vhalla Yarl who works in the palace as a servant girl, but soon finds out she possesses an ability for the very thing she fears.

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Author: Elise Kova
My Rating: 3.75 stars!

Continuing on to the third book…still a solid read, just not my favorite in the series so far. I felt like some of the characters in the novel didn’t really act like themselves…if that makes sense? But the reason I picked up this book right after, was because Fire Falling ended on SUCH a cliffhanger, I literally read them both back to back in almost one sitting.
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The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Spoiler-free!

Title: The Cruel Prince
Author: Holly Black
Publisher: Little Brown
My Rating: 5 stars! ⭐️
Description:
Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.
To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.
In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

My Review:

What a book! I am honestly blown away with how much I enjoyed this book…considering the fact that I went into it with neutral feelings. I always find that I get disappointed with hyped books, so I tend to lower my expectations, BUT HOLY CRAP THIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD.

It took me a little while to get used to the setting of this book, but I was instantly intrigued and enraptured by the complexity and fantastical nature of the world that Holly Black was able to create. I was honestly stunned by how Holly was able to integrate the modern world with the fey world SO well.
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Down the TBR Hole #2

Hello everyone! Since I had such a blast making the last down the tbr hole last week, I decided to do it again! I love how this is slowly shortening my to be read list!

In case you didn’t know, Down the TBR Hole is a meme created by Lost In a Story that allows us to cleanse our TBR piles from the books we probably won’t get to.

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Vicious by V.E Schwab
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This is one of those books that I’m ALWAYS on the edge about. I never know if I want to read it or not, but I hear such good things about Victoria’s books. I think I might get to the Darker Shade of Magic series before I get to this one (only because I own those books!) but this one will still stay on my tbr pile. I just need motivation to get to it!

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So if you read my last down the tbr hole post…you may know that I have a tendency to NEVER complete series’. It’s mainly because I never want to part with the world and the characters! But by the time I want to actually read it, I can barely tell you half the peoples names. And I hate myself for not completing this trilogy because I LOVED the first two books SO much. Like they were instant 5 star ratings. I do have hope that someday I’ll read this last book because I need that type of reassurance in my life. This one is staying…even though I’m a little iffy.
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Everless by Sara Holland

Spoiler-free!

Title: Everless
Author: Sara Holland
My Rating: 4.25 stars! ⭐️
Description:
In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.
No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.
But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.

My Review:
This is one of those books that I feel like I read at the perfect time. Lately I feel like I’ve been reading books with the EXACT same plots and the exact same storylines, but Everless was such a refreshing read with a different concept. It’s a story about a girl named Jules who is desperate to save her father in the only way she can—time. It’s a world where time is currency, and the more you have, the better you are off.

I was very pleased with the motives of Jules character. She had true incentive to go looking for what she needed…and it made sense! As a reader I understood her desire to do things as she did, as well as her other human emotions that made me feel a connection with her. The way she felt during certain situations in the book could be perceived as a nuisance or silly, but there was a practical/realistic reason behind it. And we can’t expect book characters to be perfect, because then we don’t get to experience their development as the book goes on. (Although sometimes the truth was so obvious but it took f o r e v e r for Jules to figure it out…and made me want to scream!)

What I believe to be the strongest point in this novel, is definitely the set up to this world. Some of my favorite parts of this book was learning about the history of Everless and how they were able to make “blood-coins” that caused Sempera to be the way it is.

One of the main problems I had with this book, was the predictability. It’s also part of the reason I docked a star, because I felt like I could literally map out the story before those parts even happened. But I have to admit, there were definitely a few things that happened at the end that I was not expecting. I was pretty blown away. 😳

Everless is such a strong novel as a first book in a potential series, and I have very high expectations for the next book—mainly because the second half of this book is where the plot really took off. Yes, it still has that generic YA feel to it, (even though the story itself is different) but I really believe that it can be a book of its own especially because the idea is just SO interesting! After I hit that 220 page mark, I was flying through the pages.

I can’t wait for the next installment, Evermore, and I really think that this book deserves all the hype it’s getting!

Thanks for reading!
-Ashley (book_tales)

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

Spoiler-free!

Title: Sleeping Giants
Author: Sylvain Neuvel
My Rating: 4 stars!
Description: 
A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand.
Seventeen years later, the mystery of the bizarre artifact remains unsolved—its origins, architects, and purpose unknown. Its carbon dating defies belief; military reports are redacted; theories are floated, then rejected.
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