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Currently Reading

Hello everyone! I’m so sorry I’ve been gone for a few days! I’ve been a bit busy and just have been staying away from my computer for a few days to get some stuff done and to catch up on rest and everything.

But I have been reading! Which is good! Im excited to continue on reading this weekend!

Anyways I’m going to tell you all what I plan to read the rest of this week and what I am currently reading and what I read!

So I read two books so far this week!

I listened to the audiobook of The Woman of Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware! It was really good! I really really enjoyed it! It was so good! And I was hooked on the audiobook! I definitely will be listening to more of her work in the future!

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And then I finished The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo which was fun! I really liked it! The storyline kept you on your toes in terms of the direction it was going. You would think it would be one way but it’d be the total opposite!

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And now on to what I am currently reading!

I am currently reading The Cruel Prince by Holly Black! It’s pretty good! I haven’t gotten far, I’m on chapter 8 but I am excited to see where this is going!

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And I am listening to the audiobook of The Siren by Kiera Cass! I have heard meh things about it but I hope that’s not the case for me! It’s a quick book and such so I should be done with it soon!

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And then I want to get to The Wicked King this weekend as well. I don’t think I’ll be able to finish it but I want to get most of it done this weekend and finish it during the week!

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and lastly I want to start the audiobook for Inkmistress! I’m excited! I can’t wait to start this novel!

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and that is my plans for this weekend and such! It’s a bit ambitious and such but I still want to push myself to get these done! They’re really excited novels!

What do you want to read this weekend??

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Weekly Wrap-Up and TBR

Hello! I know I have posted much but I was gone at comic con all weekend and then Monday I slept in and rushed to class and work and got home and slept some more! I am so tired still! I might take a nap!

But yes here is what I have read and what I am currently reading and what I plan on reading!

So the first book I read is The Fates Divide. I finished the audiobook and it was amazing! I loved this duology and while the ending was kind of sudden I still enjoyed it! I had a fun time reading these books and I just love them and the characters!

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And then I read this book, and it pretty much punched me in the heart. It hurt. I loved this book so much. One of my favorites this year for sure! It was amazing! Highly recommend this. I just love the characters, and the growth being faced during his book. It’s just an amazing novel and I think a lot of people should read it! Everyone should read it!

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So these are the novels I am reading! I am currently reading three novels!

The first is The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo. I received this book for review and I am only like 50 pages in but so far so good! I can’t wait to see how this book turns out! It’s addicting!

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And I am actually putting The Nightingales on hold since my hold ran out at the library because I started it a while after I got it out. I am liking it so far so I can’t wait to get into this book more. Im only like 130 pages in and it’s really great!

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And I am also listening to The Woman in Cabin 10 which is really interesting. I am honestly not sure what I think yet. I mean the main character Lo is kind of a mess after what happened to her and I wonder how that will play out in this storyline! I am about 5 hours into it already I think. Maybe 4. But it’s definitely going to be getting done soon since I want to know what happens!

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And then here are the books I want to read this week! I hope I get to them! I want to read them badly!

I want to listen to the audiobook of The Siren! It’ll be quick I can tell so I can’t wait to read it! I think it’ll be interesting. I honestly haven’t heard many good things about it, but I want to read it anyways. I actually liked her Selection series so I’m interested in seeing how this plays out.

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And then I want to read The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King by Holly Black! I got a copy of The Wicked King from someone on Twitter. They’re letting me read it for review and then I’ll be sending it back to them! I’m super excited! I have wanted to read this series for a while!

I don’t think I’ll be able to read anything else but I want to read Inkmistress by Audrey Coulthurst on audiobook and since The Siren is so short I might be able to squeeze it in!

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And that is my TBR for this week! I can’t wait to tell you what I have read so far!

What are you currently reading? What are your reading plans for the week??

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Gilded Cage

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Gilded Cage by Vic James

Publisher: Del Rey Books

Published: February 14th, 2017

Rating: 4-stars

Summary: In modern-day Britain, magic users control everything: wealth, politics, power—and you. If you’re not one of the ultimate one-percenters—the magical elite—you owe them ten years of service. Do those years when you’re old, and you’ll never get through them. Do them young, and you’ll never get over them.

This is the darkly decadent world of Gilded Cage. In its glittering milieu move the all-powerful Jardines and the everyday Hadleys. The families have only one thing in common: Each has three children. But their destinies entwine when one family enters the service of the other. They will all discover whether any magic is more powerful than the human spirit.

Have a quick ten years. . . .

So this book was really interesting. I didn’t really know what to make of it when I first started reading it. But it was really interesting the way this book went about with everything. It was filled with so much conflict and twists and turns I loved it! It kept me on my toes and I couldn’t tell what was happening next and everything was all over the place.

I don’t know if that makes sense.

But basically I would read the book and think that it would go one way and it wouldn’t, it would go a completely different way.

It was like you couldn’t really predict everything because there was always something underneath everything and it would either be revealed or something would happen to turn things a different direction.

I liked that, I like being surprised.

The characters were interesting too. I did have an issue with the slavery parts of the novel. The characters that were the “masters” were really cruel and horrible. I expected it in a way because of the way things were in this story, but I didn’t expect the things they did. It was a bit sad and uncomfortable and such.

There was a lot going on with this society, because like there were two different classes of people that were relevant. The Equals, and the commoners. The Equals have skills and are high class society, while the skill-less people are lower class commoners. And the commoners have to do 10 years of slave-days. And that is actually where the story begins. Luke’s family the Hadley’s are taking their slave days together as a family and the older sister finds that the family The Jardines are looking for hired help in their household and she volunteered her family for that but sadly Luke ends up being taken away to a work camp.

It was kind of obvious that Abi was going to fall for Jenner. I saw it right away and I was kind of like ehhh. It was kind of predictable. And Jenner was the guy who was like “No you can’t fall for me I’m not right for you”. Not sure overall how I feel about this romance. It just didnt feel genuine mainly because Abi was employed by Jenner and also a servant of his family and I’m like are you really in love with him or what? Especially since she was some pretty horrible things at that house.

I thought that it was interesting how Daisy, at 10 years old, was able to bring herself into a position of some influence in the family. She is charged with taking care of Gaver’s illegitimate child, and finds herself really starting to care for Gaver and the baby. I do like that in a way Gaver protected Daisy and listened to her. And seeing as how Gaver was such a hothead and a really mean person, I liked the little insights we got when he would spend time with his daughter. He really did care about his daughter in his own way.

The brother that creeped me out was Silyen. Mainly because he seemed to always be playing some sort of game, and was super sneaky and mysterious. He was just creepy and had a lot going on in this story. I just wasn’t sure about anything with him. He kept me on my toes and had me guessing a lot. I think that while he was a bit creepy and such, he was also the most interesting character to me.

I did enjoy Luke’s part in this story. I wasn’t sure where the direction of his story would go but it was actually really interesting and engaging and I liked reading about it and seeing the world from his eyes. He starts a freaking Rebellion! It was intense! I liked who he came in contact with and what he was able to do with his friends at the camp he went to.

Overall this book this book was really interesting and I will be continuing with the series and cannot wait to see where this goes!

Have you read this book? What did you think if you have? If you haven’t, does this seem like something you would enjoy??

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Weekly TBR and Wrap Up

Hello! I’m so sorry I’ve been behind on posting! I’ve also been slow on my reading! I had a funeral last week, we drove home from Texas after visiting family, and we also got a new puppy yesterday!

Meet Leia!

And yeah I hope this week will be much better at reading!

I read two books last week and I have a few that I want to read this week as well and I’m currently reading two books!

I read and finished A Million Worlds With You by Claudia Gray! I loved it!! Oh my gosh! I enjoyed this final book in the series so much! It was so great! I loved this and thought it was a great ending to a series! Highly recommend it!

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and then I read Tyler Johnson was here by Jay Coles! IT was amazing!!!! I did wish it had more at the end. I just felt that it ended a bit too fast for my liking and I wanted more from this book but I think it was so powerful and beautiful! And of course I cried during it! It was that good!

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And I am currently reading two books!

I am reading The Traitor’s Ruin by Erin Beaty! I’m actually having a harder time getting into this book than I was with The Traitor’s Kiss for some reason. I hope that I get the chance to further read this book during the week!

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And then I am listening to the audiobook of The Fates Divide and it’s really good! I have about 8 hrs left so around 6 hours on 1.70 speed! I hope to finish it tomorrow on my way to work!

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Here are the books that I am hoping to also get done this week as well!

I want to listen to the audiobook of The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah which I have heard so many great things about this book and I am super excited to be able to read it! It’ll be so amazing!

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And another book I want to listen to on audiobook is The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware! I have been wanting to read this for a while and since I got it out from the library app Libby I’m going to make sure I get to it! I’ve heard good things about her work and she seems really great!

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And I have a few books I want to read on my kindle but I’m not being super optimistic that I’ll get it all done since I have Comic Con this week! I’m super excited but these are what I hope to get to this week!

The first is Letting Go of Gravity, which is a book I have had on multiple TBR’s but haven’t gotten to yet. But yeah this week I plan on making it a priority! It sounds fantastic so I’m ready!

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And then I have a blog tour for The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo by Kerrigan Byrne so I want to get that read and reviewed so it’s ready. But also I am really craving some historical romance novels and I know this will fulfill that for me!

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And lastly I want to read Happily Never After by Emma Robinson! I’m so ready for a romantic comedy and I can’t wait to see how this comes about! I’m very ready to read this!

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Overall that is my very ambitious TBR for this week and the small amount of book I read last week! But yes! Wish me luck!

What are you planning on reading this week??

 

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Currently Reading

Hello everyone!

I haven’t been reading much this week but I’ve been with my family as we spend time together to remember my Uncle Benny who recently passed. My parents and I took time off to go to his memorial and burial, so that’s where we’ve been all week.

I am almost done with like two books though!

I’m proud of myself!

Anyway here is what I have read and what I plan on reading the rest of this week!

So I read Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles which was amazing and fantastic! I loved it so much! It was just fantastic! One of the best books I have read this year!

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And then here are the books I am currently reading! I am actually reading a few books so I’ll go through that now.

The first book I am reading is A Million Worlds With You by Claudia Gray. I decided to start it and I am freaking out! I cannot read this fast enough and I want to keep reading it but I don’t want to be rude to my family! So I might read it later on tonight when they go home!

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And I am still reading The Fates Divide by Veronica Roth which is also really good! I am enjoying it a lot and I also cannot wait to read and find out what happens later on! It’s intense so far!

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And I want to also read Letting Go of Gravity by Meg Leder and I am super excited to read this. I got this for review from Yallwest and I’m interested to read this as well. Stay tuned for my thoughts!

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I’m not too sure what else I can read since I’m driving home this weekend with my parents, but I want to try to get through some more audiobooks but I won’t put them here incase I don’t get anything else done!

What are you currently reading? What did you read so far this week??

 

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Brightly Burning

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Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Published: May 1st, 2018

Rating: 3-stars

Summary: Seventeen-year-old Stella Ainsley wants just one thing: to go somewhere—anywhere—else. Her home is a floundering spaceship that offers few prospects, having been orbiting an ice-encased Earth for two hundred years. When a private ship hires her as a governess, Stella jumps at the chance. The captain of the Rochester, nineteen-year-old Hugo Fairfax, is notorious throughout the fleet for being a moody recluse and a drunk. But with Stella he’s kind.

But the Rochester harbors secrets: Stella is certain someone is trying to kill Hugo, and the more she discovers, the more questions she has about his role in a conspiracy threatening the fleet.

So I was actually a bit let down by this novel…I was expecting to like love it because while I haven’t read Jane Eyre I’m down for a good class retelling in space with romance! And I didn’t really feel that way with this novel. I just didn’t read anything that kept my interested. It almost felt like I had to push myself to read more of it before I would like try to stop what I was doing and just put it down because it wasn’t catching my eye.

And I don’t know why it was. I mean the romance was broody and slow building and it wasn’t bad. But I think because it felt like it took way longer than it probably should have for things to happen I wasn’t interested anymore.

The writing was okay, it didn’t blow me away, but I feel bad because I’m making this book seem like it was this horrible book when it really wasn’t the case. It just wasn’t as good as I was expecting, and I’ve also read books that have captivated me from page one, and this book just didn’t do that for me. It was interesting to see how they twisted the Jane Eyre story, and again while I haven’t read Jane Eyre I know the general storyline. And I did enjoy the turn of this story and I loved how this novel took Jane Eyre and put it in space! I enjoy books set in space and I’m glad that this novel mad it so that the terms and such weren’t super technical that they go over our heads.

The characters were okay. I mean Hugo was the typical brooding guy, and I liked him but I didn’t fall in love with him like I do other guys. I’m not sure what that is. I think because while they would talk about him, he honestly wasn’t present enough for me to really get a feel of him. It went like other novels where the main guy is there a lot and you see them interacting or doing whatever, but Hugo wasn’t. He spent a lot of time away from Stella in the novel so I didn’t feel connected to him.

Stella I did like. She was a mechanic and was headstrong and I really enjoyed that. I also liked that she was a mechanic but also a teacher. She wasn’t one or the other, and was trying to follow her passions. Her passion was teaching and she really went out of her way to try and continue that passion as a governess.

But I do like this trend that is going around, where a girl is secretly in love with one character in the beginning of the novel, and then later on comes to figure out she doesn’t care for him that way and falls for someone else. And I also enjoy that she didn’t hold that against him, she wasn’t looking to make him jealous with her new love interest. Stella and her previous love aren’t bitter towards each other, they’re friendly and that continues on as the story goes on.

Back to Stella, she was interesting and I did enjoy reading her POV and such, but again wasn’t blown away by her and Hugo.

Overall this novel was just average. I mean I enjoyed it as a novel but it wasn’t something I was in love with or super into and such. I don’t think I’d ever reread it but I am happy I read it if that counts for anything?? I mean I recommend if you’re interested in this Jane Eyre retelling in space! For a retelling it was interesting!

Have you read this book yet? What is your favorite retelling of anything??

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Bright We Burn

Bright We Burn by Kiersten White

Publisher: Delacorte

Published: July 10, 2018

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Summary: Haunted by the sacrifices he made in Constantinople, Radu is called back to the new capital. Mehmed is building an empire, becoming the sultan his people need. But Mehmed has a secret: as emperor, he is more powerful than ever . . . and desperately lonely. Does this mean Radu can finally have more with Mehmed . . . and would he even want it?

Lada’s rule of absolute justice has created a Wallachia free of crime. But Lada won’t rest until everyone knows that her country’s borders are inviolable. Determined to send a message of defiance, she has the bodies of Mehmed’s peace envoy delivered to him, leaving Radu and Mehmed with no choice. If Lada is allowed to continue, only death will prosper. They must go to war against the girl prince.

But Mehmed knows that he loves her. He understands her. She must lose to him so he can keep her safe. Radu alone fears that they are underestimating his sister’s indomitable will. Only by destroying everything that came before–including her relationships–can Lada truly build the country she wants.

Claim the throne. Demand the crown. Rule the world.

I’m so sad this is over!

I really don’t think that I was ready for this journey with Lada to be over yet! I had so much fun with her and seeing her development on this journey and how she fought so hard to get and keep what was hers. I will admit that she isn’t the best character morality wise but you couldn’t help but feel bad for her. She really had so many flaws but those flaws made her who she was.

I think it was sad seeing her and Radu turn out the way they did. You kind of knew because they’re so different and I honestly didn’t see them really getting close but you couldn’t help but wish for that for them. I think what was most interesting to me as that Radu and Lada did end up so different from each other and it goes to show how people react to different situations and how they try to make the best of everything and how that turns out.

Radu in the first book really embraced his Islam faith once he was introduced to that, and how that seemed to save him and give him strength and peace throughout his life. It’s insane how he embraced that and it gave him strength and that carried him throughout the novels. I did like him better in this story than I have in the previous books. He was a changed man after all he had done in Constantinople and there was no going back for him in Bright We Burn. I feel like I, not explaining this properly but I appreciated that the characters had growth and were different people from the beginning to the end.

But again I liked Radu in this novel, mainly because he had focused on other things rather than Mehmed and was willing to put his love for him aside and saw beyond what he saw in Mehmed previously. He learned that while he believed Mehmed to be this different person, he couldn’t avoid finally seeing that what he had in his mind wasn’t what was in front of him. Also Radu was smart AF. He was smart and sneaky and really could get in the mind of his sister and handle the ways of the court. I admired that about him.

As mentioned I couldn’t help but feel bad for Lada. You could see herself becoming so isolated from people, and it sucked that when she got close to people and started to slightly open herself up she would get hurt again. You could really see that with Nicolae. Her whole storyline with Nicolae was proof of her starting to feel alone. And again with Bogdan. I liked what he gave Lada. She leaned on him a lot because she knew him for so long and she relied on his loyalty. He was loyal to a fault, nothing would change his mind about her and he loved her. He really loved her. But man Lada went through a lot and while she was very cruel, she was in a lot of pain.

I’m sad I won’t get more stories about her. But I loved that this ended with a solid ending, it wasn’t open ended. You got a resolution and I’m very happy with how Kiersten ended this story. I’ll miss it so much! It’s been a wild ride!

And yeah. Loved this series. Highly recommend. You won’t regret it!!

Have you read this series yet? What did you think of it if you have? I’d love to know!