Showing posts from 2017

December 2017 Wrap-Up

December was an alright month with a total of 5 books read. To start I read The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur which is a poetry collection, and it was good, just like her first book. Next, I finished reading Macbeth for school and I can say that out of all the Shakespearean plays that I have read this one is my favorite. I also read The Shepard, The Angel, and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog because my friend recommended it to me and I liked it. It was a cute and short Christmas story for the season. I picked back up with the Shadowhunter Chronicles and read Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy and The Bane Chronicles, both by Cassandra Clare. Next, I plan on reading the Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare and getting all caught up with the Shadowhunter Chronicles. That's all for now, see you next time and Happy New Year!

Favorite Books of 2017

Over the course of 2017, I have found some books were much better than other, and they are here on this list.
To start I have Queen of Shadows and Empire of Storm by Sarah J. Maas, which are the fourth and fifth books in the Throne of Glass series, which follows an orphaned assassin in her kingdom. I liked these two above the others in the series overall just because of the action and events that went on in them.
Next, I have Star Girl by Jerry Spinelli. This book was a short little thing about a girl who is different and how others treated her. I found it to be so good because it helped me become less judgmental and more accepting of other people. After that is Dead Little Mean Girl by Eva Darrows, which is about who is a nerd and her news step-sister who is a mean girl. It was a cute little contemporary that I just loved.
Next is A Court of Mist and Fury, the second book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas. I won't say anything to spoil it, but this book …

December 2017 Owlcrate

This month's Owlcrate theme was Seize the Day, and it had a lot of stuff in it! To start, we have two bookmarks, one is an advertisement for Kasie West's book Lucky In Love, and the other has two quotes on it, one from The Serpent King, and the other from The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Next up we have a magnetic featuring a Rick Riordan quote which says "If my life is going to mean anything I have to live it myself". We also have an ornament from Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon which says "Love is Everything. Everything." Up next is a candle from Novelly Yours in the scent of The Dream Tree. Last but not least is a tote bag which has a Harry Potter quote on it which reads "Don't let the muggles get you down."
Finally, we have the book of the month which is Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills. It comes with a signed bookplate and a letter from the author along with a Foolish Hearts patch. Like most other books, it has an Owlcrate exclusive du…

November 2017 Wrap-Up

November wasn't that successful of a month with only 4 books read. I finished by binge through the Grishaverse by finishing Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo, which was amazing might I add. I also read Turtles All the Way Down by John Green, and I really loved it! I felt that I could really relate to the main character and just felt that a contemporary was perfect at the time I was reading it. Next, I have Milk & Vine: Inspirational Quotes from Classic Vines, which is just a book filled with iconic vines, and I loved it because I loved Vine when it was still alive. Lastly, I read The Getaway which is the latest book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, and I read it because I started off by reading it so I need to continue on! It was pretty mediocre, the same as the usual middle-grade book goes, but it was still good.

November 2017 Owlcrate

This months Owlcrate I was so excited for, and its theme was Castles, Courts, and Kingdoms. The first thing we have is a Harry Potter "Expecto Patronum" Beanie to keep you warm for the winter. Next is a notebook with an A Court of Mist and Fury quote on it which reads "Don't let the hard days win". Up next are two Owlcrate exclusive items, the first being a magnetic Grisha pin from the Grisha Trilogy and also Winter is Here lip balm which is inspired by Game of Thrones. Lastly is a bar of soap that is shaped into leaves and is in the scent of Elvin Bread from the Lord of the Rings series.
Finally is the book of the month, The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano, which comes with a letter from the author, a signed bookplate, and the pin of the month.

October 2017 Wrap-Up

In October I read a total of 9 books, which isn't as much as I would have liked, but good nonetheless. To start off I continued on with the Grishaverse and read Ruin and Rising, The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic, and Six of Crows, all of which are by Leigh Bardugo. I loved all of them because they were a great ending to a series, addition to the universe, and an amazing beginning to a new series.
Next, I have the Avatar: The Last Airbender: the Search Parts 1, 2, and 3. I loved all of them because I was a fan of the show when I was younger and these just add to those memories. Next I have The Crucible, which was alright. I read it for school and I can say that I did not hate it, but it definitely wasn't my favorite. Lastly, I have Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Ship of the Dead, which I really enjoyed. It was the perfect ending to the series and I'm happy of the representation that the book brought with it.

October 2017 Owlcrate

This month's Owlcrate box, Find Me in the Forest, was a pretty good one! To start we have two Where the Wild Things Are magnetic bookmarks which are adorable! Next is a Harry Potter inspired mug which has Hagrid's Hut, the Forbidden Forest, a unicorn, and more on it! To drink in that mug we have a Sherwood Forest Earl Grey and Blueberry Tea from Riddle's Tea Shoppe and Curiosities, and to go with both of them is a cute coaster that says "All Good Things Are Wild and Free". Up next is a candle from In the Wick of Time in the scent of Cabeswater. This is from one of my favorite series, the Raven Cycle, and it smells amazing! Lastly, we have a Princess Mononoke print, which I haven't watched yet, but definitely want to.
Finally, we have the book, which is Wild Beauty by Anna Marie McLemore, which comes with a signed bookplate, a letter from the author, a packet of Forget-Me-Not seeds, and the pin of the month.

September 2017 Wrap-Up

Overall, the month of September was a pretty successful month and I read a total of 10 books. To start I read the first two books in the Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo, which are Shadow and Bone and Siege and Storm, and I really liked them. They were just a nice little fantasy. I also read The Demon in the Wood and The Tailor, which are both short stories that are a part of the Grisha Trilogy.
The next two I have I was highly anticipating. The first is Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas, which is the seventh book in the Throne of Glass series, and I loved it! The second was Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff, which is the second book in the Nevernight Chronicles. Both of them were so amazing and definitely were worth the wait!
I also read Adultolescence by Gabbie Hanna, which is a poetry book by the Youtuber Gabbie Hanna/The Gabbie Show, and I enjoyed it very much. I read two graphic novels, the first being Through the Woods by Emily Carroll which was short illustrated horror stories and I loved…

Tower of Dawn Review (SPOILER WARNING)

So just recently I finished reading Tower of Dawn, the sixth book in the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Mass, and OH MY GOD. I will admit at first I didn't know how to feel about this book. I knew it would be good because Sarah is amazing at writing, but I just thought it wouldn't be the same without Aelin and the rest of the group. I felt this way for a while until halfway through the book when I was so hooked. It was slow at first but once the Valg and Fae came into play it got a lot more interesting.
So at first, I was so not interested in Nesryn's point of view, but once she left with Sartaq it got a lot better. I found when she was in Antica there was no point for her to have her own storyline because all she really did was visit her family. When she leaves with Sartaq is when it really gets interesting because of Falken. At first, I was just thought it was going to be another shapeshifter, which is cool, and then when he started talking about his family I realiz…

September 2017 Owlcrate

This month's Owlcrate theme was Mythical Creatures and the box was great!
There was a lot of awesome things in this box! To start off we have a dragon coin purse to properly guard you change. Next, we have a wooden bookmark with the Mother of Dragons herself on it. For the Percy Jackson fans, a Son of Poseidon bath salt was included that smells absolutely amazing! A book sleeve from Book Beau was given to us to keep all your paperbacks safe when traveling. The Harry Potter item in this box is an adorable sticker of Hagrid and Buckbeak, everyone's favorite Care of Magical Creatures teacher and Hippogriff. The pin of this month features a Gryphon constellation in a starry sky.
Now time for the book! This months book is Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows, which basically about a dragon activist who is thrown into jail. Of course, there are a ton of dragon in this book so I'm totally into it! As always a signed bookplate and a letter from the author were included along with a…

Infernal Devices Review

I've been reading Cassandra Clare's books recently and read them in the recommended order which is the first three Mortal Instruments books, The Infernal Devices, and the last three Mortal Instruments books. This series consists of Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, and Clockwork Princess.
The series takes place in 1878 and follows Tessa Gray, who lives in New York and is going to live with her brother Nate in England after their aunt passes away. When she arrives though, she's kidnapped and is trained to control a power she didn't know she had, the ability to change into another person if she's holding one of the person's possessions. From there she finds herself entangled in the Downworld, the world that humans can't see. It's filled with werewolves, vampires, faeries, warlocks, demons, and shadowhunters. The series follows Tessa dealing with her newfound ability and with now being caught up in the Downworld.
This series was hard to get into after re…

Mortal Instruments Review

So just recently I finished reading the Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare which consists of City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls, and City of Heavenly Fire. I went in knowing the essentials thanks to the Shadowhunters Codex, but other than that I didn't know much about the series. I read the books in the recommended order so I read the first three of this series, then The Infernal Devices, and then the last three of this series. I have to admit that after reading TID it took me a bit to get back into TMI but by the 5th book I was into it again.
The first three books and last three books are basically their own trilogies because the second trilogy was written to expand upon the first, but together the story they tell is amazing.
The series is about Clary Fray who is a shadowhunter, which is a human angle hybrid that hunts demons. The series begins with her mom being kidnapped by demons, but the series expands into so much more.

Godsgrave Review (SPOILER WARNING)

So I just recently finished reading Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff, which is the second book in the Nevernight Chronicle. This book left me not okay and I was basically ruined at the end but in a good way. I absolutely loved the first one and it's one of my favorite books of all time now. I read the first book in August, so once I finished it and heard the second was coming out the next month I was so excited, but now that I need to wait a year for the next one is killing me! Anyway, let's get onto the review!
I'm gonna start off with one thing that's huge, our main character being Bi! And not only that, might I add that her dad was gay which is equally awesome! I love the way Jay could just casually slide it in and not make a big deal about it but still give representation to the LGBTQ+ community. 
In the first book, I loved how the storyline jumped back and forth from past to present and the scenes went together and I'm really glad that it was brought back again in t…

August 2017 Wrap-Up

This month I read 20 books, 3 of which were rereads and 17 of which I read for the first time. The books I reread were Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire, and Queen of Shadows in anticipation for the next Throne of Glass book called Tower of Dawn. 
The first book I read this month was a new middle-grade book by James Patterson in the Middle School series, and as much as I hate James Patterson, I just had to read it because the Middle School series was one of my favorites when I was little(er). It's about the main character going to Australia after winning a contest, it wasn't the best in the series because you can tell that a different ghostwriter did this one, but it was alright.
The second book I read was a literary fiction book about a dystopian Earth where a pandemic wipes out 99% of the population. It is Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, and even though I was required to read it for school, I enjoyed it. It's actually the first book that I've read for school …

August 2017 Owlcrate

Another Owlcrate has come, this month's theme was Something Wicked This Way Comes and I loved its box!

First, we have the pin, which is a raven flying below the moon to show the box's creepy theme. Next, we have a coffee sampler packet that I can't wait to try. It is called The Dark Arts Roast and is inspired by Harry Potter. It has flavor notes of almond, orange, and chocolate, and it is made by Happenstance. We also have a sticker from the Monsters of Verity Duology by Victoria Schwab that says "We are the darkest acts made light". I find these next two items go hand in hand together. The first is the Edgar Allen Poe socks and the second is the inkwell pen, so you can write you horror stories with your classic looking pen and wear socks of a classic author. A Six of Crows bookmark was also included which I'm very excited for because I just got copies Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom so I can use the bookmark while I read. Lastly, we have a copy of Sleepy H…

Birthday Bookhaul

My birthday was on July 15th, and this year all I asked for was books, and I got them! This is really late to be posted because not only did I get books, I also got money, which of course I spent on books. I got single copies and box sets, but in total, I got 33 books! Some of them were preorders so I do not have them know obviously, but still, 33 books! That's so many! Here's a picture of all of them, taking up almost all the space on my bed. Anyway, let's break this down.

The gifts I got from my parents are:
-The Infernal Devices Trilogy by Cassandra Clare, which includes Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, and Clockwork Princess.
-The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare, which includes City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls, and City of Heavenly Fire.
-A preorder for A Court of Thorns and Roses box set by Sarah J. Maas, which includes A Court of Thorns and Roses, A Court of Mist and Fury, and A Court of Wings and …

July 2017 Wrap-Up

This past month I was able to finish 12 books, 11 of which I read for the first time and 1 of them was a reread. I'm rereading the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas in anticipation for the next book coming out in September, Tower of Dawn. Last month I read Assassins Blade, this month I read Throne of Glass, and I finished rereading Crown of Midnight at the beginning of August but that doesn't count for July! All I have left is Heir of Fire, Queen of Shadows, and Empire of Storms, and I'm so excited to read them again. Anyway, enough Throne of Glass, let's get onto the new reads.
The first book I finished this month was Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor and it is definitely my favorite book of 2017. It's about a librarian looking for a lost city and he is the only one who cares about it, but there's also romance and comedy and action and so much more, it's such a perfect book!
The second one I read was a sequel to a middle-grade graphic novel by Hop…

Most Anticipated Reads of 2017

As I've continually read more and more, I've gotten to points in series where I am left waiting for the next book to be released, or just waiting for one of my favorite authors to release their next book. In this list, we have upcoming books for the rest of this year that I can't wait to get my hands on.
Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) by Sarah J. Maas
I started reading the Throne of Glass series last year and it's safe to say that it's my favorite series of all time (aside from Harry Potter obviously). This book focuses on Chaol after the events in Queen of Shadows and takes place in the same time frame as Empire of Storms, so as Empire of Storms starts, so do the events in this book. I won't say anything else so that I don't spoil anything, but I'm so eagerly waiting for this book to come out, and I of course already have it on preorder.

The Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #3) by Rick Riordan
Rick Riordan is another favorite …

The Worst Books I've Read

I've read many many books in the short time I've been alive and enjoyed all of them... well, almost all of them. In this short list, we have the worst books that I've read.
Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
I read this book for a book club I'm in and the idea of it seemed interesting. A contemporary book about each reason why a relationship ended, and one item representing the reason. I think it's a great idea, but the way it was executed was not so great. The author is a male adult, and the POV is a female teenager. Some authors can pull this off well, take John Green for example, but Daniel Handler just couldn't. I found that one paragraph would literally take up pages and the sentences contained within would drone on and on with unnecessary detail to no end. Overall I did not take this book to my liking and ultimately did not finish it.
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Don't get me wrong, I love John Green's books, but this one was just unbe…

July 2017 Owlcrate

The theme of July's Owlcrate Box for 2017 was Wanderlust, which is the strong desire to travel. If you do not know what Owlcrate is, it is a monthly subscription box in which you receive one newly released young adult book and bookish items that have to do with the theme of that month's box.  To start off we have the monthly pin which always represents the theme for the month, and for this month it is a plane flying through the sky over a palm tree, because who wouldn't want to travel somewhere tropical? Next, we have a mirror that says "As Travars" which means "to travel" and it is from the Darker Shade of Magic Series by V.E. Schwab. I personally have not read the series but I do plan to because I've heard very very good things about it. I've heard it been described as an almost more grown-up Harry Potter. I mean more Harry Potter? Yes, please! After that, we have a small traveling journal to jot down memories and thoughts while on the go. Th…

Top 10 Reads of All Time

I've read many many books and loved them all (except for a few but we won't dwell on those now) but there are some that stand out among others, and here they are in no particular order.

Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
When it comes to YA fiction, Harry Potter will come to mind for almost anyone, including me. I had read plenty when I was little but reading the Harry Potter Series is what really started my love for reading, more specifically my love for YA. I'm pretty sure everyone know's what it's about, but if you don't it is about a boy who finds out he's a wizard and also the killer of the dark wizard Lord Voldemort. If you haven't read Harry Potter yet then what are you doing with your life? Go read it! Now!
Sarah J. Maas Books
I had been told to read the Throne of Glass Series for quite some time, and once I got to it I realized how much I was missing out. This series is about an orphan that is raised to be the best assassin in her country but …