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Pre-Christmas Book Haul

Hey everyone! Before I left in my vacation I visited a couple used bookstores in my area and aquired a few books to add to my shelves! So here is a pre-Christmas book haul! 

The first book is the Queen’s Own Fool by Philippa Gregory. I’ve never read a book by her but I really want to try them out and see how I like them! I’m noticing I’m getting books I never figured I’d read or didn’t seem to interest me previously but now suddenly are! This is one of them! If you’ve read any of her books let me know in the comments how you liked them! 

Up next I got Velvet by Temple West, and I don’t know anything about it, only that I really loved the cover so I bought it…it was like 5$ so I couldn’t pass it up! I’m sorry! 

Next two are by the same author and they are The Rose Garden and The Shadowy Horse by Susanna Kearsley. I have the Winter Sea by her but have never read it so I’m hoping I enjoy these. I’ve heard really good things about her works so I’m really thinking I’ll enjoy these! 

The next two are also by the same author and they are The Perfect Play and Playing to Win by Jaci Burton. I’m really getting into new adult and adult romance so I’m so glad I found these! I again haven’t read a book by her but I’ve heard her books are hot and steamy so we shall see! 

The next book is City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare in the U.K. paperback. I read this from the library at the beginning of the year and really liked it so I decided to get a copy for myself. Her Mortal Instruments books are hit and miss with me so I really don’t know how I feel about the series yet. I haven’t read past the second so I guess I’ll eventually see how I feel about her books. The first was boring to me but the second I really enjoyed! I have a long way to go though before I read Lady Midnight. 

Up next is Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire. I think this is the companion novel or sequel to Beautiful Disaster. This book is really out of my comfort zone so I’m a bit nervous to read this series but I’m trying to push myself to read books I don’t normally go for and try them out. I want to read it so I hope I get to it in the next couple months. 

I then bought Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. I’ve read books by Rachel but never by David; although I did read Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, and to be honest I wasn’t crazy about it. I’m hoping this book is better! The sequel just came out so I wanna get to that soon once I’m done with this one! 

Second to last is Soulless by Gail Carriger. I jut recently got two of her Finishing School series books which will be in a different haul, but again I’ve never read her work so I’m hoping this will be really good, along with the other series I started collecting! 

Lastly is Something Borrowed by Emily Griffin. Now this book is really out of my comfort zone. Mainly because I’ve been so into my Young Adult books that I just haven’t felt the need to explore outside of that. And I told myself that I didn’t think I would ever read them but I decided that since I found it for a dollar might as well give it a chance! I’ve heard from others that they love her work so let’s see what I think of it! I’ll definitely keep you all updated on that! 

Let me know in the comments what books you’ve gotten recently or for Christmas as I would love to know! 

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year! 

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What I’m Taking on My Trip


So I’m leaving on a trip tomorrow morning! Going away for 10 days to visit some family! And of course I have to bring a couple books to entertain me during my free time! 

So I’m bringing The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye! I’ve been wanting to read this for a while and the sequel is coming out soon so I’m really excited to dive into it! 

Next I’m bring Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman! Again another I’ve wanted to read for months and it has a sequel coming out in the next few months so I wanna read it before that comes out!

Thirdly is The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig, which I’ve heard amazing things about and again the sequel is coming in 2017 so I want to catch up before that releases.  

Lastly is The Glittering Court by Rachelle Mead. This will be my first Rachelle Mead book so I hope I love it! I’ve heard mixed things so I’m excited to read it and see what I think. Sequel releases in 2017 as well!

The theme seems to be books I’ve wanted to read and since the sequels are coming out I might as well get them read before that happens! Hopefully I’ll finish them all! I’ll be keeping you all updated as soon as much as I can! I’m also bringing my ereaders incase I feel like something else. 

Let me know in the comments whether you’ve read these or not and your thoughts as I would love to know! 

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Spindle

Spindle by E. K. Johnston

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Published: December 6th 2016

Rating: 4.5/5

Was sent an ARC from the publisher for review. 

So when I started this book I was kind of sad that it wasn’t a continuation of the Storyteller Queen’s story. Then I finished the book and came to the conclusion that it didn’t matter, because the book was amazing! This follows Yashaa and his life as a spinner in the desert after his mother and his people were forced to leave their homes after a curse was placed on the Little Rose. Now he is sent on a journey to find a way to break the curse. While A Thousand Nights was a retelling of A Thousand Nights story, Spindle is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty. 

I loved this story, even though at first I was hestiant to really get into it because I was so enamored with the first novel. The characters were amazing, and I found myself adoring them as much as the Storyteller Queen and the King. Arwa is resilient, Tariq is a hopeful dreamer, and Saoud is loyal to a fault. The four of them formed a makeshift family and you just couldn’t help but love them!

The adventure was amazing! I loved following them on their journey across the desert areas to first get to their destination, and also find a way to break the curse. E. K. Johnston has such a beautiful way of telling a story! I definitely need to check out more of her writing in the future! And I highly recommend that everyone tries her writing out, you won’t be disappointed! 

Overall this book had everything: action; adventure; romance; and fantasy! Put together with beautiful writing you are given a novel that cannot go wrong! 

Great book, great author, I highly recommend this book! 

Let me know in the comments your thoughts on this book and whether or not you’ve read it as I would love to know!

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The Sun is Also a Star´╗┐

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The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Published: November 1st, 2016

Rating: 5/5

The Sun is Also a Star follows a Jamaican girl named Natasha and a Korean American man named Daniel as they figure out a way to help Natasha stay in the US as her family is on the verge of being deported. 

I absolutely loved this book, and it’s so relevant today’s society, because for many people around the country, that scenario is a possible reality. She captured everything so well, the emotions, the steps, everything. I really felt myself slipping into Natasha’s shoes and I felt her fear, her determination. I even felt her heartbreak as it seemed everything was going down the drain. I cried I’m sure a few times during this novel. 

As you read the story and see everything through Natasha and Daniel’s eyes, their emotions just really hit home and put you in their shoes. I’ve personally never felt what Natasha felt, or felt what Daniel felt later on, but from this story I got a glimpse into it. 

It really just stays with you, and I just fall more in love with Nicola’s writing! This is her second novel and so far I’ve loved every one of her books! I highly suggest you give her work a try! You will not regret it! Overall again I loved this novel! The characters were amazing, the writing was beautiful, the plot was special and eye opening, everything I would want in a contemporary! The way she writes her novels is also very unique and special, which is something I really enjoy from her. It gives you peaks into other character’s lives, and their stories; something not always done in most books.  

Overall I highly recommend this book! If you’re looking for a good contemporary novel definitely check this book out! Also check out her debut novel Everything, Everything! You won’t regret it! Love those two books so much! Some of my all time favorites for sure! 

Let me know in the comments your thoughts on this book and if you’ve read it down below as I would love to know! 

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Quick Book Haul

Hey everyone! So I have a tiny haul to show you all that I got from a few different places over the weekend.

So Saturday I had work but my supervisor gave it to someone else so I had the whole day off and I spent it with my momma. We went to breakfast and went to Costco where I got The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher. I love Carrie so I was excited when she came out with another book! I hope to read it during my winter break.

We went to Target afterwards where I shockingly didn’t get anything but we went to Barnes and Nobles to get a gifrcard for someone and then I ended up getting TO Capture What We Cannot Keep by Beatrice Colin. This novel from what I remember is set during the construction of the Eiffel Tower and focuses on the relationship between a Scottish widow and a French engineer.

I lastly got Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan which is about author Robert Louis Stevenson and his tempestuous wife Fanny.

I noticed that recently I have been looking more and more at adult fiction which is something that feels out of my comfort zone. While I still love to dive into young adult I am starting to spread my interests into other areas like New Adult and Adult.

So I hopefully will be reviewing those more in the future!

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Time Zero

Time Zero by Carolyn Cohagan

Publisher: She Writes Press

Published: May 16, 2016

Rating: 4/5

I was sent a copy of the book for an honest review by the author.

Time Zero follows 15 year old Mina Clark, who lives in a futuristic Manhattan that is ruled by extremists. The girls there aren’t allowed to get educated, they cannot speak to boys without permission, and all the marriages are negotiated by contracts. But Mina’s grandmother has been teaching her to read and the path she is being led down can only get her killed.

I really felt this was one of the best dystopian novels I’ve ever read. I really ┬áliked how even though it was a work of fiction, it took elements that women face in other parts of the world. While reading it I felt sad because I wish I could say what Mina faced in the novel is pure fiction but sadly women have gone through this before, and some might still be going through it today. Overall I loved the strong female lead in this novel, who in her own way is unique. While most girls in dystopian YA novels get saved a lot, Mina does her own bit of saving, which brings home the idea that many people need help sometimes.

I think what I also really liked was the idea that showing emotions like compassion is not something to be considered weak.

I did think her romantic interest had a touch of insta-love but glad there wasn’t a love triangle. I have a love hate relationship with love triangles. I like them but then at times I don’t, I think mainly if I read too many in a row I get over it but normally I don’t care too much.

Overall this book was awesome. I liked the writing style, the characters were interesting, the action in the novel was great!I highly recommend this book if you’re interested in dystopian novels!

Let me know in the comments if you’ve read this novel and your thoughts as I would love to know!

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Invisible

Invisible by D. R. Fuller

Publisher: White Meadow Books

Published: May 2016

Rating: 3.5/5

Was given a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review. 

Invisible follows a young girl named Evelyn who one day after her family’s death, is invisible. No one can see her or recognize that she exists. She must now cope with her grief, as well as discover what happened to her. Then she meets Adam, a young man who is the only person who can sense her, and the story continues! 

I throughly enjoyed this book! I’m a sucker for mystery novels, I enjoy trying to discover what happened, the hunt for either a killer or an answer. So I felt that this novel really took you on a fun journey. While I felt the book had a slow start, it picked up and was gripping in it’s mystery. The Point of View changes were a bit off to me but I can still see why they were needed in this book. 

Evelyn’s bond with Adam was something I enjoyed as well! They had such a cute romance that I really enjoyed reading about it. They had such a beautiful and unique way of falling in love that it really just made me happy! I don’t want to mention too much of it because it’s something you really need to read about, but just know it’s such a cute romance! Loved it! Loved how he really made their connect so beautiful! 

I do think the ending was a bit confusing, and it was something I really needed to focus on because if I didn’t I got a bit confused. But overall it was a nice solid book! The writing was great, the plot was awesome, the romance was unique, the characters were well thought out, and overall it was just a very interesting book! I enjoyed getting sucked in trying to find the answer to what happened to Evelyn. It’s always fun really getting drawn into a mystery novel like that, because it’s fun! It’s probably one of my favorite type of book, and one of my favorite adventures to take in a novel. 

Highly recommend this book! 

Let me know in the comments down below your thoughts on this book, and if you’ve read it as I would love to know!