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Top 5 Favorite Books of 2018

Over the span of this year I managed to read 72 books and from those, I have picked the top 5 which I enjoyed the most, so without further ado here are my 5 favorite reads from 2018.

1.) Up first we have Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare, which is the final book in the Dark Artifices trilogy. I started this series at the beginning of the year and once I finished Lord of Shadows I could not wait for this book to come out, and let me say it did not disappoint. The ending of Lord of Shadows left me needing to find out what was going to happen, and with all that went on in this book, it was well worth the wait. This book took us to places we've never gone before and went deeper into Shadowhunter mythology and I loved it so much.

2.) Second on the list is Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas, which is the final book in the Throne of Glass series. Although I have had problems with some parts of the story, I still love the characters and world of these books and seeing it come to a…

Spoiler Review of Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

Just a few days ago I finished Queen of Air and Darkness, which is the final book in the Dark Artifices trilogy by Cassandra Clare, and I am speechless. The Dark Artifices is my favorite series by Clare yet and I was so happy to see it wrapped up.

I love seeing the relationship of the Blackthorn family, and seeing all of them together in this book made it even better. The death of Livvy was so devastating at the end of Lord of Shadows but by having them all together again at last helped.

One thing I love about this series the most is the relationship between Kit and Ty, I just adore the way they act with each other and how Kit would do anything to make Ty happy. At the end of the book when Kit decided to leave with Jem and Tessa I was so sad because there was still business left between him and Ty, but I guess I'll just have to wait for the Wicked Powers to see what happens.

This book did take a strange turn for me when Emma and Julian were transported to Thule, because a large fo…

Spoiler Review of Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

It's been quite a while since I last posted but I have finally returned with another review! Not too long ago I finished reading Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas which is the final book in the Throne of Glass series and I absolutely loved it!

Throne of Glass is one of my favorite series and although my feelings have changed for it over time I still love it. The main thing I struggled with throughout the series was the abrupt change in relationships from Aelin and Chaol to Aelin and Rowan. It just felt so unnatural to me and I couldn't stand it, and although I learned to live with it, it still did bug me. The other thing was the unnecessary sexual scenes that are thrown in because, in my opinion, a young adult book should not go that far with something like that.

In this book, I found that the relationship was a lot more bearable because they weren't constantly wanting to get with each other and the series was brought back to its roots with all the battle and action that was…

Spoiler-Free Review of Whisper of the Tide

I received a free copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

When the first book in this series came out I was so interested because I wanted to read a new pirate-esque novel and the cover looked so beautiful to me. Once I finally got around to reading it I was pretty satisfied but not as much as I hoped to be. Once I saw that Whisper of the Tide was available to request I did so because I was interested to see where Caro and Markos go.

At the beginning of the book I was reluctant, but I felt it was only because I wasn't used to the authors writing style. After I got further in I realized that it was just me. While I enjoyed the idea of the book I just couldn't bring myself to read it because I just I wasn't interested in the characters or what they were doing. To me, the story felt very tropey and predictable so I couldn't immerse myself in it. I DNF'd this book at around 20% because the plot didn't pull me into it.

I will say howe…

Spoiler-Free Review of The Poet X

I received an advanced copy from the publisher via LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review.

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo is a story told in verse about Xiomara Batista. It details her struggle with her devoutly religious mother, the trouble she has with men constantly catcalling her, and more than anything else the struggle of not being able to truly be herself.

At first, I was a bit reluctant with this book because it was written in verse but as soon as I got into it I didn't even notice. For me it read like a book, and when the poems got more abstract looking it just added to the story rather than pull me out like I thought it would.

The characters of this book are so easy to fall in love with and the story is something that I feel everyone can relate with to some extent. The story deals with the lack of freedom because of parents, first love, finding who you truly are, and so much more. And not only is this story all-encompassing like that but there is so much represen…

Spoiler-Free Review of The Knowing

I received a free copy of the book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Imagine a world in the far future where every 12 years every person forgets all the details of their existence. This is the Forgetting. Now imagine a world even further where things have changed and now no one can forget. This is the Knowing.

The Knowing is a companion/sequel to The Forgetting but can be read as a stand-alone novel. In The Knowing, we follow Samara, a girl who is one of the Knowing and remembers every moment of her existence. This book takes place roughly 300 years after the events of The Forgetting, and while I wasn't too into it, I still really liked this book. It was hard for me to get into at first because I missed the original characters of The Forgetting, but I eventually got used to it.

I found that this book did a good job expanding on the past events of the world I really enjoyed the easter eggs that it left about the previous book. The story, I found, wa…

Biggest Disappointments That I've Read

So I'm pretty sure we've all been in a situation where you're so excited to read a book, and when you finally get to read it it's just not living up to the hype. Today I'll be sharing with you the most disappointing books that I've read.

Up first we have We Can Be Mended by Veronica Roth, which is an epilogue to the Divergent series. If you've been here before you might have seen my review on this, and to put it in short this book was 30 pages of my life I'm never going to get back. If you're interested in my thoughts on it click here, but be warned, there are spoilers!

Next, I have They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera. Don't get me wrong, I really liked this book, but it just didn't live up to my expectations. I read History Is All You Left Me before reading this book and I was really just expecting something different and more than what I got.

One that I still can't get over is Caraval by Stephanie Garber. The cover was so beautifu…

July 2018 Wrap-Up

July was a pretty successful month with 7 books read, four of them being ARCs that I had to read and review. The ARCs that I read were Aetherchrist by Kirk Jones, Mean Girls by Micol Ostow, The Radical Element by Jessica Spotswood, and Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Summers by Sarena Ulibarri. To see my thoughts on those click the links on the titles!
The first book I read for my own pleasure was Beasts of Burden Vol. 1: Animal Rights, which is a graphic novel about a group of pets that encounter some supernatural forces in their neighborhood. If you'd like to see my full thoughts on this then click here!
The next book was Long Way Down by Jason Reynold which I read for a book club. The story follows a black teenage boy whose brother was recently shot and killed, and now wants revenge for those who killed his brother. While riding down the elevator of his apartment he sees people that try and talk him out of getting revenge. I found this book to be in the same vein as The Hate U Giv…

Spoiler-Free Review of Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Summers

I received an early copy of this book from the publisher via Library Thing in exchange for an honest review.

Glass and Gardens is an anthology of short stories all about futures with worlds that are essentially utopian, or in short an optimistic version of steampunk. Overall I gave the book 3/5 stars because it wasn't my cup of tea in the end. Take a look down below for what I have to say about each story, going from highest rating to lowest.

The Spider and the Stars: 4/5 ⭐️
The Heavenly Dreams of Mechanical Trees: 4/5 ⭐️
These two stories were my favorites out of the anthology. I found The Spider and the Stars to be such a cute and interesting story to read about a future where humans learn to love bugs, and The Heavenly Dreams of Mechanical Trees was a hopeful story about a sentient mechanical tree who was soon going to stop functioning.

Caught Root: 3/5 ⭐️
Fyrewall: 3/5 ⭐️
New Siberia: 3/5 ⭐️
These three stories were also enjoyable to me, but in the end, didn't capture my attention…

Spoiler-Free Review of The Radical Element

I received an early copy of this book from the publisher via Library Thing in exchange for an honest review.
A while back I received an ARC of The Radical Element edited by Jessica Spotswood which is a collection of historical fiction short stories that focus on dauntless girls in history. Overall I gave this 4/5 stars, but here are my individual thoughts on each story.
Daughter of the Book by Dahlia Adler: 4/5 ⭐️ This story I found to be really interesting because I've never read anything with a Jewish main character and I really liked having a look into the religion. I thought this was a sweet little story about going for your dreams and I enjoyed it.
You're a Stranger Here by Mackenzi Lee: 3/5 ⭐️ I'm a big Mackenzi Lee fan but I was surprised at how much I didn't like this story. I just didn't find it to be interesting and couldn't get into it at any point in time, but I did partially enjoy it because I do love Mackenzi's writing style.
The Magician by Erin B…

July 2018 Owlcrate

July's Owlcrate theme was Strange & Unusual and this box was filled with so many goodies!

To start we have a Funko Pop keychain from Stranger Things, and mine was Dustin! Next, we have a box of mints that's Ouija Board inspired with the mints in the shape of the Ouija Board planchette. After that, we have a little thing of pushpins in the shapes of skulls to go with the creepy theme. The Raven Cycle item, which I was really excited for, is a wallet with the quote "The head is too wise, the heart is all fire." on it. A Miss Peregrines inspired pennant was included with the words "Stay Peculiar" on it, and under that in the box was an art print featuring a whale floating through the sky with books and such on his back. Lastly was a Harry Potter inspired item which I just love, and it's a Luna Lovegood sticker that's printed with the quote "Don't worry. You're just as sane as I am."

To finish up the book of the month was My Plain …

2018 Birthday Bookhaul

It was my birthday recently and I got some new books, and I definitely have more on the way, but for now here is my birthday bookhaul!

First up I got some books from a little bookstore while I was down the beach, and when I'm down there I usually try to buy things I usually wouldn't buy from Barnes & Noble. I picked up three books while I was there and they are:

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste NgCrazy Rich Asians by Kevin KwanThe Outsider by Stephen King All the rest I bought from Barnes & Noble, and here are those:

Illuminae & Obsidio by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman (I already had Gemina)Our Dark Duet by V.E. SchwabA Natural History of Dragons by Marie BrennanMalice by John GwynneThe Shadow of What Was Lost by James IslingtonThe Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson So I got a total of 10 books so far with more on the way and I can't wait to get into them! I'll update with more when I get them, so until next time, bye!

Spoiler-Free Review of Beasts of Burden: Animal Rights

The other day when I walked into the library I work at my coworker hands me this graphic novel and told me that I had to read it because of how good it was. I fully trust her opinion so obviously, I read it right away.

The Beasts of Burden are a group of pets that live in a little place called Burden Hill. Everything is going normally until one day a dog starts noticing whimpering and whining in the night with no others nearby and fears that his doghouse is haunted.

From this point forward things turn to the strange. A dog is found dead on the side of the road, a boy is found sleeping in one of their dog houses, an overwhelming amount of black cats begins to show up along with their owners. As things get more supernatural the dogs and the single cat go off to get to the bottom of things.

This book was so good and I still can't get over it. Not only was it filled with such adorable and sweet moments, but there was also a fair share of heartbreaking scenes and parts that left me on …

Spoiler-Free Review of the Poppy War

About a week ago I finished reading the Poppy war by R.F. Kuang and am glad to say it's one of my new favorites.

The book follows Rin, a war orphan, who works to get into the most prestigious military academy in her country, Sinegard. It follows her studying to take the test to get in, her learning at the academy, and the eventual war that she is caught in.

This book is loosely based on the Second Sino-Japanese War and the Rape of Nanjing, along with having elements of drug use, self-harm, abuse, suicide, and other things. Because of this, there are a lot of trigger warnings and while I do highly recommend this book because of how much I liked it, if you aren't able to handle these elements then please don't force yourself to read it.

I loved the way the author built the world up right from the beginning and continually added on little by little so as to not overwhelm the reader. I also loved the story itself, because I'm such a huge fan of fantasy it was the perfect t…

Spoiler-Free Review of Mean Girls

Thank you to Scholastic for giving me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book is exactly what the title says it is: Mean Girls. For those who don't know, the movie Mean Girls follows Cady (pronounced Katy) Heron, a new girl in school who was previously homeschooled. She ends up getting in with the popular girls, The Plastics, in her school and tries to take down their leader.

Mean Girls is one of my favorite movies, I mean who doesn't like it? I enjoyed this book so much because it was the movie put into a book format with a little extra added in to make pretty.

I loved this book so much and I give it 4 out of 5 stars because although it was great there wasn't enough to make it something entirely new. It was a classic movie put into words and was such a nice quick read overall. For fans of the movie and those who have never heard of it, you should read this!

June 2018 Wrap-Up

The month of June was pretty successful with a total of 8 books read.

To start I read three graphic novels. The first was Pierce Brown's Red Rising: Sons of Ares, which is a prequel to the Red Rising series. I really enjoyed the art and story of this and the background it gave for where the series starts, so for this, I gave it 5 stars.

I also read Lumberjanes Vol. 8: Stone Cold, which is a part of the Lumberjanes series, and I also gave this 5 stars. The last graphic novel was Monstress Vol. 1: Awakening, and I enjoyed the story and art of this but I found it a little hard to get into, so I gave it 4 stars.

The first book I read this month was LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff which takes place in a futuristic America where it has mostly been destroyed by a nuclear explosion and follows a girl who ends up saving an android. I really enjoyed this because I love Kristoff's writing so I have it 5 stars.

Next, I have Death Wish which I got a free copy of to give an honest review, and I ga…

Spoiler-Free Review of Aetherchrist by Kirk Jones

Thank you to Apex Book Company for sending me a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Aetherchrist by Kirk Jones was a fascinating read, to say the least. It reminded me of an episode of Black Mirror, a twisted version of today's world where a man keeps seeing his own death playing over and over again on TV.

I will admit at first it was hard to get into because the author goes right into the story with very little world building and descriptions, but as the story goes on it's easier to understand. I found the story to be a perfectly haunting sci-fi thriller, but there were a few things I had problems with.

The author's writing is all around good but every now and then I read some phrases that I just couldn't help but cringe at. The other thing was the weird, to me uncesseccary, sexual scenes that in my opinion really added nothing to the story. Even though I had trouble with these things, once you really get into the story they become less noticeable.

Overall I g…

The Many Worlds of Albie Bright Review

In The Many Worlds of Albie Bright by Christopher Edge, Albie's mom has passed away from cancer. From just this part of the description, I was interested in reading it, because when I was little my mom also passed away because of cancer. I checked this book out from my library and read it in a day, and it didn't disappoint.

The story of the book focuses on Albie, the son of scientists, and his adventure of traveling to different dimensions to see his mom again. The book overall deals with a very touchy subject for a middle-grade book, but I think it's handled so well.

There's plenty of humor to lighten up the story where it's too dark, and there's even a little bit of darkness when it gets too happy. It's always balanced out but in such an appropriate way that it flows together.

My heart broke reading this book and I haven't read something that's made me this emotional in a while. Although the book is so small you easily fall in love with the charac…

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

It's almost halfway through the year so it's time for the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag. This is basically just me answering questions about the books I've read so far this year, but let's get into it!

Best book you've read so far in 2018?This is a hard one because there are so many good books, but I think the one that stands out the most is Simon vs. the Homosapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. I read it in a day and I just fell in love with the characters and story overall.The best sequel you've read in 2018 so far?For this one, I'm gonna have to go with Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. I just love the way the story continued and how the characters grew, I just couldn't put it down at any time and fell in love with the characters.A new release you haven't read yet, but want to?Furyborn by Claire Legrand is the new release that I really want to read, mostly because of the great things I've heard about it and the story sounds like an awesome new …

We Can Be Mended Review (SPOILER WARNING)

When I had first heard that Veronica Roth was releasing a new book, Carve the Mark, a little over a year ago I was so excited because I was such a huge fan of the Divergent series. It ended up being that I didn't like Carve the Mark very much, but that's not what we're here to discuss today.
When I preordered Carve the Mark I was able to send in a copy of my receipt so that I could receive an exclusive epilogue to the Divergent series. I was so excited because Divergent was one of my favorite series, so I waited for the epilogue to arrive. And I waited some more. And I waited some more. But it just never showed up.
To my delight, a user on Goodreads sent me a link to a PDF of it online and I got so excited and read it immediately... and my excitement quickly shrunk.
Is it possible to give a book negative stars? Because that's what I really feel about this one. To be completely honest it's one of the worst things that I've ever read in my life.
The story takes …

May & June 2018 Owlcrate

So it's going up late yet again, but today I have the May and June Owlcrate boxes for 2018! For the May Owlcrate box, the theme was Fight Like a Girl. To start off we have an enamel pin that has "When in doubt go to the library on it" and a pin that says "Qnd Eldr. Breathe Fire." on it, which is from the book of the month. Next, we have a Children of Blood and Bone inspired bath bomb called Zelie's Magic Bath Bomb. There's a bookmark that says "If I am marching to my death then I will march to it as a girl without fear" on it and is from A Flame in the Mist. The last two items are an art print of Inej from Six of Crows, and a canvas banner that has "Remember you are a wolf and cannot be caged" on it, which is from A Court of Mist and Fury. The book of the month was Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young, and this box also included a second book, Catching Stars, by Cayla Keenan.
The theme of the June box was Summer Lovin' and it was f…

Death Wish Review

I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book so I could give an honest review.
The description of this book seemed to be so interesting to me. I mean like a teenage necromancer/assassin fits the description of an ideal book for me, but this one did not.
I started reading it and was a bit reluctant at first because I wasn't used to the author's style and I hoped it would get better, but it just didn't. I found the plot to go everywhere and also nowhere at all because the characters would go from place to place without any transition, but it really felt like it was all stationary. I read the whole thing in one sitting and found that I really didn't even know what was going on really.
When it came to the characters and story content I found it hard also because it felt to me like it was very basic and stereotypical. The girl was sassy and super cool like every other YA fantasy and the guy was laid back and athletic, and they just didn't mix well for me.
I al…

May 2018 Wrap-Up

For the month of May, I only read 4 books, but there were some goods ones. To start I read Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli, which is the sequel to Simon vs. the Homosapiens Agenda. It is a sequel so I don't want to spoil anything, but I will say that it was a great expansion upon one of my favorite books.
The second book I read was a graphic novel by Guy Delisle called Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea. I found this book to be very fascinating because there is so little known about really what goes on inside North Korea and this book was an illustrated first-hand experience of it. It's a very quick read and I recommend it to anyone who has been curious about what goes on in the country.
The next book I read was A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas and I really liked it. I am a huge fan of Sarah's books and the same goes for this one, although to be honest, it wasn't her best work. I thought it was a cute little addition to the series that showed t…

ARC Bookhaul

Recently my coworker brought in some Advance Reader Copies of some books and let me take what I wanted, and admittedly I don't know much about each of them so I'm just going to say what it is and who wrote it, but a book is a book am I right? To start I got three middle-grade books which are Into the Nightfell Wood by Kristin Bailey which I know is a sequel in a series, The Mortification of Fovea Munson by Mary Winn Heider, and Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya. The next four are fiction books and they are The Book of M by Peng Shepherd, Hangman by Jack Heath, A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza, and #Murdertrending by Gretchen McNeil. The final is a collection of short stories called All That is Left is All That Matters: Stories by Mark Slouka. Overall we have eight interesting sounding books that I can hopefully read before they are published!

Another Mini Bookhaul

I went to Barnes and Noble yet again and of course, came out with even more books. To start I got another copy of Simon Vs. the Homosapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, and although I have an ARC copy of this book I couldn't refuse a hardcover exclusive edition of it, I mean would you? I love this book so much and I'm so happy to have a hardcover of it now, I can't wait to reread it! Next, we have The Emperor's Blades by Brian Staveley, and all I know about this is that it has to do with the assassination of a king and his three children try to find the killer, so that's fun. I also got Seraphina by Rachel Hartman which I've been meaning to read for a while and I'm glad I finally got a copy of. It's about a girl who is half dragon I believe and her fight against those who are against her species, which sounds really good to me. Lastly, I got 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami which has a very complicated plot but is basically just like Reality but with a question m…

March & April 2018 Owlcrate

The March theme for Owlcrate was Across the Galaxy. The items included were a candle inspired by the Illuminae Files, a Guardians of the Galaxy Funko POP figure, a watercolor Star Wars bookmark, a Lunar Chronicles mug, a galaxy infinity scarf, a Red Rising print, the pin of the month, and a poster for the book of the month. This book of the month was Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston which is a retelling of Anastasia but in space!
The theme for the April Owlcrate box was Shadows & Secrets. The items included were a Crooked Kingdom inspired pillowcase, Harry Potter quote pencils, some coffee from Bones Coffee Company, a Shadowhunters inspired soap, a sneak peek at Legendary, the sequel to Caraval, by Stephanie Garber, the pin of the month, and postcards that go with the books. The book of the month was Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody which I've heard is a little alike to Six of Crows which I am all down for!
So there's a quick unboxing of the March and April Owlcrate boxes, and…

March & April 2018 Wrap-Up

I've been very busy recently but I've finally had some time to sit down and update on here. I have more posts on the way that include my March and April Owlcrate unboxings and two bookhauls, but for now, let's get onto my wrap-ups.
So for March, I read a total of 12 books which is really good, my best month this year actually. To start read five graphic novels, Your Name Vol. 2 by Makoto Shinkai, Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Andersen, Lumberjanes Vol. 7: a Bird's-Eye View by Shannon Watters, The Prince and the Dressmaker Jen Wang, and lastly The Witch Boy by Molly Ostertag, all of which I gave 5 stars.
Next, I read Opal by Maggie Stiefvater, the Raven Cycle novella that takes place after The Raven King, and I gave this 5 stars. It was so nice to finally get back into this world, I love this series so much and I can't wait to read the sequel series coming soon!
I also finished The Black Witch by Laurie Forest and gave it 5 stars. I really struggled at the beginnin…

February 2018 Wrap-Up

So for the month of February, I read a total of 4 books, so it definitely wasn't the best month. To start I read History is All You Left Me and They Both Die at the End, both by Adam Silvera. I loved both of them so much and gave them 5 stars. I found the characters to stick with me after I finished reading and wanting to start from the beginning again. Next, I read Your Name Vol. 1 by Makoto Shinkai, which I also gave 5 stars. It is a manga of the movie by the same name, and since I couldn't find anywhere to watch the movie I decided to read it and really enjoyed it. Finally, I have Still Me by Jojo Moyes, which was one of my most anticipated reads of the year. I was really excited to get into this because I loved the first two books, but once I got into it I realized that I really didn't like them as much as I thought I did, and I ended up DNFing this. Overall the other three books I read I really enjoyed and I'm hoping I can get more done next month!

February 2018 Owlcrate

This month's Owlcrate theme was Hidden Worlds and the things included did not disappoint. First, we have a skeleton key necklace based off of the book Coraline, which I am still yet to read. Next is a candle called Through the Wardrobe which is based off of the Chronicles of Narnia. After that, we have a pouch that says "We dreamed together of the world remade" which is from Daughter of Smoke and Bone. We also have an Alice in Wonderland sticker that has an adorable cartoon of Alice on it. Lastly is a wall tapestry that was far too big to fit in the picture, but says "Books fall open, you fall in" on it and it is absolutely beautiful! Of course, we have the book of the month which is The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert which comes with a sticker sheet, a letter from the author, the exclusive Owlcrate dusk jacket, and this is signed by the author! As always is the spoiler card, Owlcrate magazine, and the pin of the month, but that is all for this month! I loved th…

February Mini Bookhaul

The other day I went to Barnes and Noble with my friend and bought myself six books, and with those, I present to you this mini bookhaul.
To start off I bought the first two books in the Arc of a Scythe series which are Scythe and Thunderhead, both by Neal Shusterman. I loved the first book but did not own my own copy, and the second one was one of my most anticipated releases for this year, so I'm glad that I finally own them. Next, I have Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu, which is the second book in the DC Icons series. I haven't read the first book yet, which is Wonder Woman: Warbringer, but I'm very excited to read both of them. After that, I have Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller, which is one of my favorite books and I really just wanted to have a copy of my own. I also got Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff, which I'm very excited for. I love his other series, the Nevernight Chronicle, and this series he wrote before that so I can't wait to get into…

January 2018 Wrap-Up

I got a good start to the new year with a total of 10 books read in January. To start off with a couple of quick graphic novels I read Ms. Marvel Vol. 8: Mecca, Batman Vol.4: The War of Jokes and Riddles, and Saga Vol. 8. Ms. Marvel and Batman got 4/5 stars because for me they were good but not as good as the beginning of the series. As for Saga, I gave it 5/5 stars because Brian K. Vaughan never disappoints, and the story is still going strong for me.
Next up I caught up with the Shadowhunters Chronicles by reading Lady Midnight, Lord of Shadows, and An Illustrated History of Notable Shadowhunter & Denizens of Downworld, all by Cassandra Clare. I gave them all 5/5 stars, and I can now say I have some new favorite books! Lady Midnight and Lord of Shadows were so amazing and definitely are the best of her works so far, and I can't wait for Queen of Air and Darkness to come out!
I also finished The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, which I was reading for school, and I gave …

Christmas Bookhaul

This may be a little late, but today I have my Christmas bookhaul! From my parents, I got 11 books, and with my own money I got as presents I bought myself 10 books, 2 of which I preordered.
To start with things I got from my parents we have the hardcover box set of Harry Potter (which is 1-7 of course) and I can't wait to reread these. I also got the illustrated edition of Prisoner of Azkaban and the Ravenclaw edition of Philosopher's Stone, all of which, if you don't know, are by J.K. Rowling. The tenth I got is An Illustrated History of Notable Shadowhunters and Denizens of Downworld by Cassandra Clare. The final book I got is The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, which I've been meaning to read for a while and I'm really glad I got it.
For myself, I ordered three books on Amazon and they were Red Rising, Golden Son, and Morning Star (which was signed!), all by Pierce Brown. I've heard this is a very good series and I've started the first book and love it! I al…

Most Anticipated Reads of 2018

There are so many books in the next year that I'm so excited for, but these ones are at the top of them all. I'll be going in order of publication date, but a couple still don't have one set yet. One is The Iron Season by Helene Wecker, which is the sequel to The Golem and the Jinni. This book follows a Golem who has lost her master and a freed Jinni who meet in New York in the early 1900's. Another is Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor, which is the sequel to my favorite book of 2017, Strange the Dreamer, which follows the librarian Lazlo Strange as he tries to find the lost city of Weep. I also have There Will Be Other Summers by Benjamin Alire Saenz, which is the sequel to my favorite book of all time Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe.
Next, I have Thunderhead by Neil Shusterman, which is the sequel to Scythe, which takes place in a futuristic world where no one dies.
Then I have Iron Gold by Pierce Brown, which is the fourth book in the Red …