Banished

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Banished by Betsy Schow

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Published: February 6th, 2018

Rating: 2-stars

Summary: While lying in the hospital in a place called Kansas, Princess Dorthea of Emerald struggles to regain her memory of the events that propelled her out of the land of Story—and to remember how to get home.

Meanwhile, in Story, Rexi, with the help of Excalibur, continues to gain confidence in writing her own tale as she fights to save the land from the Wicked Witch. But as is always the case with evil villains, she is not to be underestimated. Can Dorthea and Rexi save their home while protecting the prince they both love from getting caught in the crossfire?

So…I sadly didn’t like this book.

At first it was like oh I just don’t know this book series and characters because I didn’t read the others before this one. And I was super confused for all this book because a lot of it that was going on I had no idea about.

But then I realized that I just didn’t like the writing at all. It felt really childish and I was just not liking it at all. And I would get super confused by the time line and there wasn’t a clear jump between each. I would be like oh we jumped! And I just felt the writing didn’t make it for me.

There’s honestly not much I can say about this, I listened to it on audiobook and it was okay. The narrator was great and all and told the story really well. So I enjoyed this audiobook but sadly it didn’t do anything to my enjoyment of this story.

I think it’s just that this story wasn’t for me. I normally like fairy tale retellings and so it’s sad that this one didn’t live up to the others that I have read.

It also really played with a memory loss trope and it just wasn’t well done. I also noticed that a lot of retellings use this trope and this one as mentioned wasn’t well done.

Also the characters were a bit flat for me. And I couldn’t follow along with them and their different plots very well. And some of the different storylines just seemed silly. But also the character to me weren’t interesting at all.

I don’t know…

But overall I didn’t like this book, but I liked the audiobook, and sadly I won’t be going back to read the two previous books and rereading this book to see if I can figure this all out. I just don’t think this series is for me, and sadly I’ve had better retellings. Mainly the Lunar Chronicles and Dorothy Must Die.

I’m sorry this is so short, I just don’t have a lot of good things to say about this book, and this book was just boring to me. I was kind of reading it to finish it, rather than reading it to really try enjoying it. I hate when that happens to me, because I tried really hard to like it and get some kind of enjoyment out of this book.

But yeah overall I recommend it if you’re interested in retellings, just because I didn’t like it doesn’t mean you won’t like it! Let me know your thoughts on this and if you did read it and what your verdict was as I would love to know!

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Weekly Reads TBR

Hello! It’s the start of a new week and I have a new TBR for you all! This is definitely an ambitious TBR for the week but I think I can do it. Or at least most of it!

I am almost done with this book: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. I am listening to the audiobook right now, and it’s really good. I have like 6 hours left to listen to so I hope to finish it today maybe.

Summary: From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the stunningly beautiful instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

Marie-Laure lives in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where her father works. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, Werner Pfennig, an orphan, grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find that brings them news and stories from places they have never seen or imagined. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments and is enlisted to use his talent to track down the resistance. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.

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I am also listening to When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon. I’m like one CD disc in (about 50 pages) so this one I will be focusing on this week so I can return it to the library.

Summary: Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

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And I also got the audiobook for The Diviners by Libba Bray so I plan on starting it this week once I am done with When Dimple Met Rishi. I heard really good things about this book so I can’t wait to read it. I have read and loved her Great and Terrible Beauty trilogy so I can’t wait to read this book and love it as well!

I know I won’t finish it this week but I want to at least start it this weekend.

Summary:  Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult.

Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.

As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened.

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And this is the book I think I am most excited about for this week. It’s Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton, the third and I believe last book in the trilogy. I have been lucky enough to recieve an arc of this one through a trade and I am anxious to start this book. I think I will today or tomorrow.

I can’t give a summary for fear of spoiling this series for those who haven’t read it! But check it out if you have read it on Goodreads, and if you haven’t started the series I highly recommend that you do!

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Another ARC I have to read is People Like Us by Dana Mele. I receive this ARC from Barnes and Nobles during their Teen Book Fest. It was am really excited to give this book a chance! It sounds super interesting and I hope I like it!

Summary: Kay Donovan may have skeletons in her closet, but the past is past, and she’s reinvented herself entirely. Now she’s a star soccer player whose group of gorgeous friends run their private school with effortless popularity and acerbic wit. But when a girl’s body is found in the lake, Kay’s carefully constructed life begins to topple.

The dead girl has left Kay a computer-coded scavenger hunt, which, as it unravels, begins to implicate suspect after suspect, until Kay herself is in the crosshairs of a murder investigation. But if Kay’s finally backed into a corner, she’ll do what it takes to survive. Because at Bates Academy, the truth is something you make…not something that happened.

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And the next book I want to read is Nemesis by Brendan Reichs. I got this one from the library, and I plan on reading this one and the sequel this week. The sequel I will be reading for a blog tour and I am super excited to check this out. It sounds really interesting and I really hope that I like it!

Summary: It’s been happening since Min was eight. Every two years, on her birthday, a strange man finds her and murders her in cold blood. But hours later, she wakes up in a clearing just outside her tiny Idaho hometown—alone, unhurt, and with all evidence of the horrifying crime erased.

Across the valley, Noah just wants to be like everyone else. But he’s not. Nightmares of murder and death plague him, though he does his best to hide the signs. But when the world around him begins to spiral toward panic and destruction, Noah discovers that people have been lying to him his whole life. Everything changes in an eye blink.

For the planet has a bigger problem. The Anvil, an enormous asteroid threatening all life on Earth, leaves little room for two troubled teens. Yet on her sixteenth birthday, as she cowers in her bedroom, hoping not to die for the fifth time, Min has had enough. She vows to discover what is happening in Fire Lake and uncovers a lifetime of lies: a vast conspiracy involving the sixty-four students of her sophomore class, one that may be even more sinister than the murders.

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And here is the sequel! Genesis by Brendan Reichs. I won’t be giving a summary but again I hope that I like it! I’ll be coming back for this novel because I have a blog tour for this book coming up so stay tuned!

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And that is my super ambitious TBR for this week!!! Let me know your thoughts and what books you plan on reading! Do you think I can get most of this done?? I think I can….maybe!

Weekly Wrap Up

Hello! This week was a great day for reading!! I finished some books that I have been reading for awhile.

The first book I finished is The Rogue Queen by Emily R King! One of my favorite books this year! It was so amazing and wow! I could not get enough of it when I was reading it and I was sad when it ended because I wanted so much more from it! Obviously I gave it a 5/5 stars! I would give it more if I could!

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Also read Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen and that was amazing and great and I loved it! I finished it really quickly and it was so great and worth all the hype it got. Her novels are hit and miss sometimes with me but I’ve loved more of her books than hated them so I’m glad to add this to my loved pile because it was amazing. It’s heartbreaking and so worth the read. 5/5 stars of course!

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And I finished this book finally after reading it for a while but I finally sat down and gave this book the time that it needed! Sleepless in Manhattan by Sarah Morgan was so sweet and cute and I loved everything about it! I didn’t know it was a series but I have the rest of the novels in my collection so definitely will be giving the rest of it a read in the future! Loved it! Solid romance read! 4/5 stars!

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And I FINALLY read Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo! I really recommend this audiobook! I has a full cast of characters and damn one of the best audiobooks ever! But this book was amazing and addicting! I actually finished the last couple of chapters in class on my iBooks app because I didn’t want to wait to finish it! 5/5 stars of course! What else could I give it!

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Here are the books that I still need to finish:

So I am actually almost done! I plan on finishing this tonight I have like 100 pages left I think so I just need to buckle down and finish it. Especially since the last episode comes out next Sunday and I need to finish it because I’m spoiled! I’ve been watching the TV show and 10/10 would recommend this. It’s sadly only in the UK at the moment but I’ve been watching it on Youtube and online until it comes to the US! But yes I plan on finishing it tomorrow! Or tonight if I don’t fall asleep!

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And I got like 220 pages into All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. It’s going really good and I like it so far. It’s not amazing but I hope that will change for me once I get more into this. I plan on finishing it sometime this week!

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And then I started When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon and so far I like it! It’s really good and I can’t wait to get more into it. I’m like 50 pages in and I’m listening to the audiobook so I’ll be listening to it on the way to and from class! It’s really funny and makes me want to watch Bend it like Beckham for some reason! But anyways I’ll be done with this soon I hope!

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And those are all the books that I’ve read this week! I have an ambitious TBR for this week and I also have a test to study for so I hope that I can get through my TBR while also focus on class. Wish me luck!!!

What books have you read this week? Did you read all you wanted to, or did you not get to a book you had hoped you would?? Let me know!

January Book Haul

Hey all! I haven’t done a TBR post in a long time but I decided to do it for last month and at the end of this month I’ll have February’s!

So I’m making a huge effort to not buy books for a few months. My goal is to read as many of my books at home as I can and then after I finish school for the semester buy a whole bunch of books that I’ve been wanting as a present to myself.

This month I bought a few books mainly with a gift card I received as a late Christmas present. So that’s what this book is about basically.

Before I get into that I did get four copies of The Cruel Prince. I got the Barnes and Nobles Edition, regular edition, Owlcrate cover, and the paperback copy from the YA Chronicles box.

And let’s begin what books I got recently from Barnes and Nobles!

The first book I got was Bossman by Vi Keeland! I have heard so many good things about her work and I couldn’t help but buy it! I want to read all her books and I have a few books of hers and I think in the next few months I’ll be reading it! I hope!

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Summary: The first time I met Chase Parker, I didn’t exactly make a good impression.

I was hiding in the bathroom hallway of a restaurant, leaving a message for my best friend to save me from my awful date.

He overheard and told me I was a bitch, then proceeded to offer me some dating advice.

So I told him to mind his own damn business—his own tall, gorgeous, full-of-himself damn business—and went back to my miserable date.

When he walked by my table, he smirked, and I watched his arrogant, sexy ass walk back to his date.

I couldn’t help but sneak hidden glances at the condescending jerk on the other side of the room. Of course, he caught me on more than one occasion, and winked.

When the gorgeous stranger and his equally hot date suddenly appeared at our table, I thought he was going to rat me out.

But instead, he pretended we knew each other and joined us—telling elaborate, embarrassing stories about our fake childhood.

My date suddenly went from boring to bizarrely exciting.

When it was over and we parted ways, I thought about him more than I would ever admit, even though I knew I’d never see him again.

I mean, what were the chances I’d run into him again in a city with eight million people?
Then again…

What were the chances a month later he’d wind up being my new sexy boss?

Up next is Dear Bridget I Want You by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland! I love this cover! It’s so sexy! I’m dyingggg! I can’t wait to read this one as well! It sounds like it’s going to be amazing!

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Summary:  Dear Bridget,
I’m writing this letter because it’s highly doubtful I’ll ever garner the courage to say this to your face.
So, here goes.
We’re totally wrong for each other. You’re the proper single mum with a good head on your shoulders. I’m just the carefree British doctor passing through town and temporarily living in your converted garage until I head back to England.
But here’s the thing… for some bloody reason, I can’t stop thinking about you in very inappropriate ways.
I want you.
The only reason I’m even admitting all of this to you right now is because I don’t believe it’s one-sided. I notice your eyes when you look at me, too. And as crass as I appear when we’re joking around about sex, my attraction to you is not a joke.
So, what’s the purpose of this note? I guess it’s a reminder that we’re adults, that sex is healthy and natural, and that you can find me just through the door past the kitchen. More specifically, it’s to let you know that I’m leaving said door cracked open from now on in case you’d like to visit me in the middle of the night sometime.
No questions asked.
Think about it.
Or don’t.
Whatever you choose.
It’s doubtful I’ll even end up sliding this letter under your door anyway.
–Simon

And I also got Sex, Not Love by Vi Keeland. I think this haul is mainly Vi Keeland books. Or it feels like it I guess! This one sounds too cute and I really want to read this so it might be the first one I read! I’ll keep you updated about it!

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Summary: My relationship with Hunter Delucia started backwards.

We met at a wedding—him sitting on the groom’s side, me sitting on the bride’s. Stealing glances at each other throughout the night, there was no denying an intense, mutual attraction.

I caught the bouquet; he caught the garter. Hunter held me tightly while we danced and suggested we explore the chemistry sparking between us. His blunt, dirty mouth should’ve turned me off. But for some crazy reason, it had the opposite effect on me.

We ended up back in my hotel room. The next morning, I headed home to New York leaving him behind in California with the wrong number.

I thought about him often, but after my last relationship, I’d sworn off of charming, cocky, gorgeous-as-sin men. A year later, Hunter and I met again at the birth of our friends’ baby. Our attraction hadn’t dulled one bit. After a whirlwind trip, he demanded a real phone number this time. So I left him with my mother’s—she could scare away any man with her talks of babies and marriage—and flew back home.

I’d thought it was funny, until the following week when he rang the bell at Mom’s house for Sunday night dinner. The crazy, gorgeous man had won over my mother and taken an eight-week assignment in my city. He proposed we spend that time screwing each other out of our systems.

Eight weeks of mind-blowing sex with no strings attached? What did I have to lose?

Nothing, I thought.
It’s just sex, not love.
But you know what they say about the best laid plans…

I also got Lucian Divine and I’m excited! It’s a guardian angel book and I’m so here for it! I never have read one like this besides Angelfall but I want to read a romance centered guardian angel novel! I’m here for it and I can’t wait to tell you what I think!

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Summary: “My guardian angel is a drunk.”

Evelyn Casey’s life is at a standstill. She’s in her mid-twenties, struggling with the dating scene in San Francisco. Nothing seems to be working out, and she’s starting to think that she’ll live out her days in her crummy apartment with her overbearing roommate, Brooklyn. It’s absurd, but sometimes Evey longs for a guardian angel to show up and save the day.

And then he does. Seriously. His name is Lucian and he’s a guardian angel, been on the job for two thousand years. His sudden presence in her life is both good—he’s brilliant, witty, and warm—and bad—he’s brilliant, witty, warm, and hot as —-. But as perfect as Lucian seems, he’s got problems of his own. He’s taken up drinking and he’s brazenly inserted himself into Evey’s life, going against the greatest cosmic law ever created.

For Evey, the rules are simple: You are not allowed to hook up with your guardian angel. But sometimes fulfilling your destiny requires a leap of faith, a confrontation with God.

Yes, God as in God.

Second to last book is Kiam by Tijan! I recently read Cole by Tijan and I loved it! So I bought this and one other book by her. But yeah this one sounds like it’ll break my heart but I’m so ready for it!

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Summary: Dark. Mysterious. Gorgeous.
Loved by all the girls.
Respected by all the guys.
…that was Kian Maston.

As the heir to a billion dollar empire, his future was promising until the day he saved my life. Everything changed for both of us, and there was one more word that could be used to describe him—dangerous.

The nation fell in love with him while falling in hate with me. He was sent to prison, and as far as they were concerned, it was my fault. I was forced to go into hiding until today.

Kian’s being released from prison, and he should go back to being the golden boy he always was supposed to be. I should remain in hiding, living my life as normal as could be.

That’s what we should do…

And lastly I bought Hate to Love You by Tijan! I’m excited to start it because I heard it’s really good! I can’t wait! As mentioned before, I loved Cole and I want to read more of her work and I can’t wait to see what else she has in store! It’s a college romance and I’m here for it!

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Summary: Rule #1: No hot guys.
It might sound ridiculous. I get it. It kind of is, but college was supposed to be my sanctuary. It was my place to start over. The rumors, the whispers, and the jealousy I endured through high school would all be gone.
No one would know me at college.

Rule #2: No drama.
I’d major in pre-law. I’d make a few loyal friends. Everything would be easy breezy. No one was going to use me or hurt me. I wouldn’t let them.

Rule #3: New year. New place. New me.
Right?
Wrong.
And all because of Shay Coleman.

Football captain and quarterback, he was the big guy on campus. The cocky guy in my political science class with a smirk. I hated him on sight . . .

. . . and he was about to break all my rules.

And before I forget I got Zenith by Sasha and Lindsey! I have heard really mixed things about this book and I want to read it and see how I like it, but I also don’t want to read it because of all the bad things I heard about it. I guess we’ll see if I end up reading it in the future…I still don’t know…

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Summary: Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness, a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her glass starship, Marauder, however, she’s just Andi, their friend and fearless leader.

But when a routine mission goes awry, the Marauder’s all-girl crew is tested as they find themselves in a treacherous situation and at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter from Andi’s past.

Meanwhile, across the galaxy, a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time to exact revenge for the destruction of her people. The pieces of her deadly plan are about to fall into place, unleashing a plot that will tear Mirabel in two.

Andi and her crew embark on a dangerous, soul-testing journey that could restore order to their shipor just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles toward the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only certainty is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted. 

And those are all that I got this month to add to my library! I really tried to lower my spending and I think I did a good job so far! I’ll keep you updated and see how that goes till May!

Let me know what you got last month as I would love to know! Are you also on a ban like me???

Currently Reading

Hello all!!

So I’m here with my currently reading books! I am proud of myself and how much I read this week since the past week or so I haven’t read that much.

So here are the books that I finished this week so far:

The Rogue Queen by Emily R King. As usual 5/5 stars for this amazing novel. That’s all I’m going to say, so check out my review when it goes live!

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Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen. 5/5 stars as well, because wow this book just hit me hard!

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And I also finished Six of Crows and damnnnnn that book was just freaking amazing! I listened to it on audiobook from the library. I’m mad because I spoiled myself on accident for stuff that happens in Crooked Kingdom so…I’m dumb. But I am still excited to read it! Which I will be doing soon! I hope my library gets it asap so I can read it!

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And here at the books that I need to finish:

Sleepless in Manhattan by Sarah Morgan which I am like 200 pages into right now so I have like 200 pages left I believe so I think I can finish it in a day or so.

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And then I need to finish Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith. I am almost done with this too so I really need to buckle down and finish it asap!!! My goal is to finish it this week!

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Also I started the audiobook of All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr which I had checked out on my Libby app. I hope to finish it all this weekend or most of it at least. It’s a pretty long audiobook, I mean not the longest Ive listened to but long enough looool!

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Oh! I almost forgot that I checked out the audiobook of When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon from my local library. I don’t plan on finishing it this weekend but I want to read some of it this weekend. And I’ll finish it next week on my commutes to and from work and class.

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What book are you currently reading? Let me know below!

 

 

 

YA Chronicles Unboxing: January

Hello! I’m finally here with my YA Chronicles Unboxing from January! I loved this box and I can’t wait to show you what I got!

The theme of course was Faeries Abound and it’s obvious what the book is but still! I’m going to show you anyways!

Plus look at this bookmark and the character on front of it! I love ittttt! It’s so great!

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And the first thing I got The Night Court bath dust by Tilly and Her Books (link here: Tilly and Her Books ) which looks amazing! I want to use them but I also want to save them because this looks so pretty!! It smells amazing though….I like it a lot!

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And here is this really amazing smelling perfume from the Seelie Court by Woodland Wytchery! I love perfume even though it gives me a headache but still! Website link here: Woodland Wytchery and I highly recommend you check them out!

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And I also got this Penguin Teen super proof that was included in this box! I read some of the excerpts and I thought it was cool to have this included in this box! Plus it has purple pages which I like so much!

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And since they have a ACOTAR item they had to include a TOG item and it’s a ring with the Galathynius family crest on it and I think it’s so beautiful! It’s somewhere in my room right now since I recently wore it…and my room is a mess so of course I can’t find it since it’s probably buried under my clothes…but still I love wearing it so I plan to wear it as often as I can! Website link: Lilac Fox Designs

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And they included this cute fairie door that we can color in which I plan on working on soon! It’s so cute!!!!

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And of course the book was The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. I plan on making this one my loved copy since it’s a paperback and same as my other hardcover so I plan on marking my favorite quotes and such! I really think I’m going to love this so I can’t wait to dive into it!

Summary: Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

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.

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And here’s the spoiler card for you to look at!

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And that is my little unboxing for January! Sorry it’s so late but anyways! I hope you enjoyed it! Let me know your thoughts and what item pictured above is your favorite! Mine is the bath dust!

Weekly Reads TBR

Hello! Sorry this is so late!! I have been a bit busy and I haven’t had much of a chance to really update this! I think I’ll be done with a few by the time this is posted but whatever!

And this is the first book that I plan on reading. I’m about halfway through so this book I really have to get through it this weekend! It’s super cute and I really like it! I have a lot of her books so I’ll probably be diving into them soon!

Summary: Cool, calm and competent, events planner Paige Walker loves a challenge. After a childhood spent in and out of hospitals, she’s now determined to prove herself—and where better to take the world by storm than in the exhilarating bustle of Manhattan? But when Paige is let go from the job she loves, she must face her biggest challenge of all—going it alone. 

Except launching her own events company is nothing compared to hiding her outrageous crush on Jake Romano—her brother’s best friend, New York’s most in-demand date, and the only man to break her heart. When Jake offers Paige’s fledgling company a big chance, their still-sizzling chemistry starts giving her sleepless nights. But can she convince the man who trusts no one to take a chance on forever?

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And I’m done with this audiobook! It was really good!! I liked it a lot! But I had a few hours left on Monday and by Wednesday I was done with it! I can’t wait to start Crooked Kingdom. I hope the library gets it soon so I have listen to it on my drives!

Summary: Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:

Break into the notorious Ice Court
(a military stronghold that has never been breached)

Retrieve a hostage
(who could unleash magical havoc on the world)

Survive long enough to collect his reward
(and spend it)

Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done – and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first.

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And I finally am almost done with Career of Evil! I have like 50 pages till I finish! I am taking so long with this book and it’s mainly because this is the last book published right now and I don’t want it to be done! I really want the next book to be out already!!!

Summary: When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman’s severed leg.

Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible – and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands, and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them…

Career of Evil is the third in the series featuring private detective Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin Ellacott. A mystery and also a story of a man and a woman at a crossroads in their personal and professional lives.

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And I have the audiobook of Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen! I have like 5 hours left in this audiobook and it’s amazing! I really like it! It’s definitely one of her best she’s ever done. I really plan on being done with it by the end of the week and start audiobook!

Summary: Peyton, Sydney’s charismatic older brother, has always been the star of the family, receiving the lion’s share of their parents’ attention and—lately—concern. When Peyton’s increasingly reckless behavior culminates in an accident, a drunk driving conviction, and a jail sentence, Sydney is cast adrift, searching for her place in the family and the world. When everyone else is so worried about Peyton, is she the only one concerned about the victim of the accident?

Enter the Chathams, a warm, chaotic family who run a pizza parlor, play bluegrass on weekends, and pitch in to care for their mother, who has multiple sclerosis. Here Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance. And here she meets Mac, gentle, watchful, and protective, who makes Sydney feel seen, really seen, for the first time.

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And the next book is The Rogue Queen by Emily R King. I got this book for review and I’m very late reading it. It’s my gym book this week. I’ve been going to the gym and have been reading this book while I exercise. It’s amazing and I’m almost halfway through it and I plan to finish it this week!

Summary: Despite the odds, Kalinda has survived it all: Marriage to a tyrant. Tournaments to the death. The forbidden power to rule fire. The icy touch of a demon.

That same demon now disguises itself as Rajah Tarek, Kalinda’s late husband and a man who has never stopped haunting her. Upon taking control of the palace and the army, the demon brands Kalinda and her companions as traitors to the empire. They flee across the sea, seeking haven in the Southern Isles.

In Lestari, Kalinda’s powers are not condemned, as they are in her land. Now free to use them to protect those she loves, Kalinda soon realizes that the demon has tainted her with a cold poison, rendering her fire uncontrollable. But the lack of control may be just what she needs to send the demon back to the darkest depths of the Void.

To take back the empire, Kalinda will ally with those she distrusts—and risk losing those most loyal to her—to defeat the demon and bring peace to a divided nation.

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And that is my TBR for this week! I’ll update you on what I have finished and then once the week is over I’ll update you again! I’m excited! I really planned this week out so I can get some books read!

Cress

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Cress by Marissa Meyer

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

Published: Februrary 4, 2014

Rating: 5-star-rating-clipart-1

Summary: In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

So it’s been like 2 years since I read Scarlet and I decided to check this audiobook out from my Libby app and listened to it. It was really interesting and I really liked it! I forgot how much I missed this book and the characters.

In this book we got to meet Cress and I honestly liked her enough but she wasn’t my favorite. I just didn’t like how she was portrayed as being so weak because she was isolated from the world. I just didn’t like how annoying she was because of how panicky and emotional she got over everything. But I did like how much she added to the team. And her chemistry with Thorne, because he’s one of my favorite characters in this series. But Cress was so great with her computer skills and they honestly couldn’t have done much without her and she brought a lot to the table and I liked how they instantly included her in the story.

And of course Scarlet and Wolfe are tied as my favorite couple with Cinder and Kai. But oh my gosh Scarlet and Wolfe! I was sad that we didn’t see much into their relationship in this book but it was a great build up to what happens in the last book which I already read. Wolfe just made my heart break because of his love for Scarlet and what happened with them. Scarlet was her usual sassy self which made me love her so much.

And Kai and Cinder…ahhhh!!! I love them so much!! I really like them! Kai is just so cute being concerned all the time about Cinder and her safety. Love that he still cared about her no matter his confusion on her lunar status and his romantic feelings about her. And Cinder’s feelings for Kai just made me so happy.

And Iko was of course the life of the party! I liked her so much and I always think that she brings so much fun and humor to the story.

I still hate Levana.

SO MUCH

I hate her!!!

She’s a horrible person and probably the most cruel villain I’ve ever read in a YA book before. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a more horrible person than her.

And Jacin was great too. You didn’t really read much about him but I liked what I read, even though he did do something shitty in the end. But his sarcastic tone was funny too. I liked getting to read more about him in Winter because it really showed his backstory and why he did the things that he did.

Overall I liked this story and I missed the world of this story and that I really fell into this world all over again. I’m obsessed with this world again and I’m so happy about it. Highly recommend that you check this out. Honestly the whole series is great but I felt that Cress and Winter were the better books in this. So much happened in both that it really pulls you in and takes you on such a big adventure.

Let me know your thoughts on this book and if you’ve read it! Who is your favorite couple in this series?? I’d love to know! Which book is your favorite in this series?? Mine would have to be Winter!

 

A Whole New World

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A Whole New World by Liz Braswell

Publisher: Disney Press

Published: September 1st, 2015

Rating: 4-stars

Summary: Welcome to a new YA series that reimagines classic Disney stories in surprising new ways. Each book asks the question: What if one key moment from a familiar Disney film was changed? This dark and daring version of Aladdin twists the original story with the question: What if Jafar was the first one to summon the Genie?

When Jafar steals the Genie’s lamp, he uses his first two wishes to become sultan and the most powerful sorcerer in the world. Agrabah lives in fear, waiting for his third and final wish.To stop the power-mad ruler, Aladdin and the deposed Princess Jasmine must unite the people of Agrabah in rebellion. But soon their fight for freedom threatens to tear the kingdom apart in a costly civil war.

What happens next? A Street Rat becomes a leader. A princess becomes a revolutionary. And readers will never look at the story of Aladdin in the same way again.

So I listened to this book on my audiobook app and I liked it enough. I mean I gave it 4 stars but also it felt weird to me since there were so many new characters that I had never met before.

I mean I liked how the story went away from the movie storyline and I thought it added a different take on the storyline.

But there were so many characters in the book that it was hard for me to keep up and remember who most of them were. They had the main characters, and then the thief crew and their friends and stuff and I’m like oh my gosh who are you all?! I felt at times that I couldn’t keep up with them all.

Jafar was much more interesting in this book. He was a complex character because he would give out food and try to help the poor to get their favor and then he was this cruel guy! I thought the way he was portrayed was just really interesting and I liked it.

The audiobook was really good too! The narrator did a very good job with it. It kept me interested and I liked how the narrator was bring the story to life for me.

I think it threw me off a bit because the story for a while was a play by play of the movie until the part where he gets the lamp from the cave of wonders. I was kind of expecting it to like really be different from the movie. This was my thought for the third book as well. I expected it to be different and when it wasn’t I was kind of shocked. I think it was because it says it’s a twisted tale and it really isn’t. The twist isn’t a big twist and I don’t know…

It’s just weird.

I think I was expecting something different and while I was sad it wasn’t what I was thinking I just went along with it and still liked the book.

Didn’t love it but still enjoyed it.

I liked the way Jasmine was portrayed in this book. She was a kick butt character and it was refreshing to really read about a female character who was able to hold her own. She wasn’t afraid to get involved in the planning with Aladdin and the other characters. Aladdin is also cool, but weirdly enough, I didn’t care too much about him. I preferred Jasmine over him. I just wasn’t that interested in him, but overall he stayed close to the movie Aladdin. I think I liked Jasmine because she seemed so much MORE than the movie character.

Overall this was a interesting book, darker than the movie for sure. And I liked that because it was interesting. Again it just threw me that it wasn’t what I was expecting but again I enjoyed it. And again Jasmine really stood out to me rather than Aladdin, and there were too many characters for my liking after a while. I couldn’t figure out who certain characters were after being bombarded with a bunch of new characters.

If you like retellings like these, then I highly recommend you reading it! It was good and I think you’ll enjoy it! It’s definitely something interesting and entertaining honestly.

I know this review is kind of all over the place but yeah I hope you got the jist of it!

The book was enjoyable and I liked it but at the same time it wasn’t amazing, and I felt it was too many new characters introduced at once. But the twist in the story was interesting and not what I was expecting.

Let me know your thoughts as I would really like to know and let me know if you’ve read the second book because that’s the only one I haven’t read but I want to know what people thought about it!

 

Beast

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Beast by Brie Spangler

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Published: October 11, 2016

Rating: 3-stars

Summary: Tall, meaty, muscle-bound, and hairier than most throw rugs, Dylan doesn’t look like your average fifteen-year-old, so, naturally, high school has not been kind to him. To make matters worse, on the day his school bans hats (his preferred camouflage), Dylan goes up on his roof only to fall and wake up in the hospital with a broken leg—and a mandate to attend group therapy for self-harmers.

Dylan vows to say nothing and zones out at therapy—until he meets Jamie. She’s funny, smart, and so stunning, even his womanizing best friend, JP, would be jealous. She’s also the first person to ever call Dylan out on his self-pitying and superficiality. As Jamie’s humanity and wisdom begin to rub off on Dylan, they become more than just friends. But there is something Dylan doesn’t know about Jamie, something she shared with the group the day he wasn’t listening. Something that shouldn’t change a thing. She is who she’s always been—an amazing photographer and devoted friend, who also happens to be transgender. But will Dylan see it that way?

So I listened to this on audiobook and I actually enjoyed it but at the same time I felt that this book was just okay. It was one of those books that because the summary gave away a lot that you had to really get further into the book to really divert from it.

The summary gave away that Jamie was transgender, and gave away the fact that he hadn’t been listening when she mentioned it in group therapy. I felt that it made the book less interesting because I already knew this big reveal was going to happen. I felt like there was nothing really coming up and I was just reading this for the sole purpose of reading it.

But I think that overall this book was decent enough and I’ll probably forget about it in a few weeks or so, but yeah. The characters honestly weren’t very great. They were pretty flawed.

Dylan was very pessimistic and it was kind of dragging me down a lot because he was always focused on the bad in his life and everything. I get it because of his situation and how he is perceived by everyone. But at the same time it was like wow you’re just so sad and everything.

And I didn’t like Jamie at all. She really was a rude person. She didn’t like that Dylan was trying to help her and protect her because she was now a girl. She would get upset and offended. I didn’t understand that. They were saying she was incapable of doing anything, but just looking out for her because people tend to be rude towards the LGBTQ community. But it was like she hated taking help from others and somehow got it in her mind that taking help from others meant they felt bad for her and that they didn’t think she could do anything for herself.

Jamie just rubbed me the wrong way.

And I was like get over it oh my gosh.

Getting help from people doesn’t mean your weak. I hate that that was how it felt like Jamie was saying.

I just didn’t like Jamie and I didn’t care that much about her and I just was like can she get over herself already?

And also JP was a shit person.

He used the fact that his family life is messed up to make Dylan’s mother feel bad and always welcome him into their home. And he uses Dylan to get money from people, and turns against him when he doesn’t want to anymore. JP is just a horrible person and I hated that he was able to manipulate Dylan to being his friend because apparently no one else wanted to be his (Dylan’s) friend.

Overall I just didn’t care too much about the characters and I felt that too much was revealed in the summary and I already knew a lot about the book since it was so short. But the writing was good, and I did like the diversity the book had in it. Overall though it was an okay book. Glad I gave it a chance.

Let me know your thoughts and if you’ve read this book! Did you think the same way I did about the characters or the plot? Did you not? I’d love to know!