book tales


February 2018

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


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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7 Deadly Sins Book Tag!

Hello! I’ve been tagged by the amazing Marianna over at Marianna’s Corner to do the 7 Deadly Sins book tag! Definitely check out her blog, her posts are always so great!

I’m super excited to do this especially because I love all the questions related to this tag!

What is the most expensive book you own? What is the least expensive book you own?

The most expensive book I own is probably either one of the illustrated editions of the first two Harry Potter books! Those guys are expensive, but I needed them for my ever-expanding collection of Harry Potter.

The least expensive book I own is definitely The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon because I found it at Indigo for only $3 and I was honestly shook.

What book or books have you shamelessly devoured many times?

Definitely all the Harry Potter books. But more recently, A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas! I mean, we probably all understand why. It’s just such an addicting book.
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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
Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

MORE PEOPLE NEED TO READ 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.
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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor


Title: Strange the Dreamer
Author: Laini Taylor
Publisher: Little Brown
My Rating: 4.5 stars! ⭐️
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.
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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?
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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

26047438Fire Falling
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.

Earth’s End 17022741-_sy540_
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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