Book Review | The Auctor Trilogy

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Title: The Auctor Trilogy by T. R. Wolf

Pages: 486

Genres: YA, Fantasy

Published by: CreateSpace (Nov. 28, 2016)

Summary

When seventeen-year-old Addie Auctor’s mother is murdered by her father, she must confront many secrets that her family has hidden from her. The worst of these secrets is that Addie’s father, Donovan Hawthorne, is still hunting Addie because of an ancient blood feud between her mother’s family, the Auctors, and her father’s family, the House of Hawthorne. In order to be protected from the House of Hawthorne, Addie and her brother, Augustus, are sent to Initiation at an exclusive University, the Wicked Cabal.
Initiation is nothing like Addie expects. She is immediately separated from Augustus and thrown in with four complete strangers – Fallon, Maddox, Liam, and Tempe. Addie must try to forge friendships with her fellow Initiates while they solve clues, battle mystical creatures, and explore increasingly dangerous places.
Readers of all ages will love this adventure filled with suspense, treachery, and romance.

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What I Thought

*I received this book in exchange for an honest review. A huge thank you to the author!*

Honestly, I really wasn’t sure what to expect when I started this book.  After reading the synopsis – and seeing that beautiful cover – I was definitely intrigued.  However, I admit, I was a bit hesitant to read it.  This is a self-published book, and while there are many amazing self-published novels out there (some of my favorites are actually self-pubbed), there are also some that still need more work, and sometimes it’s hard to tell which is which.  All that being said, I loved this book!

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Today is Top Ten Tuesday – A weekly bookish list created by The Broke and the Bookish!  This week’s topic is:

Cover Theme Freebie

Everyone knows the old saying, “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.”  However, we all know that’s not always the case…sometimes we do!  Here are 10 books I read based off their covers (that I ended up loving)!

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I just really love this cover!  It’s so simplistic, yet I feel like it perfectly represents this book.

 

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If you’ve been following me for a while, you probably know about my love for ballet.  So, when I discovered this book and saw this gorgeous cover, I knew it had to be mine!

 

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Along for the Ride was the very first Sarah Dessen book I ever read.  I had been wanting to read one of her books for a while, but I didn’t know which one to pick.  I ended up going with this one because of the cover!  I think it is so cute, and I love the 1950’s vibe it kind of gives.

 

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Just look at this cover!  It is so unique!  So many books look like other books, and I love that The Books of Marvella series is so uniquely its own.  I don’t know of any other books that even look similar to this series!

 

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A book about books?  Sign me up!  I love how mysterious this cover looks, like those books the woman on the cover is holding, are full of secrets.

 

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I discovered this book at the Nook store a few years ago.  I was instantly drawn to this book by its unique cover!  I love how it sort of looks like an eye.

 

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Let’s just take a moment to appreciate this gorgeous, aesthetically pleasing cover!  I absolutely adore this cover.  It is so detailed, a little mysterious, and overall, a really great book cover.  We need books that look like this!

 

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I first discovered the lovely Morgan Matson thanks to this book.  When I saw this cover, I knew it was going to be the perfect summer read, and it was!  I love how summer-y this book looks and makes me feel!

 

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I love how minimalist this cover this! It’s simple, but still fun.  It also gives me a summer-y vibe, which I love when it comes to books like this!

 

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Oh look! Another ballet-related book I decided to read just because of the cover.  Seriously though, this cover is gorgeous! How could you turn it down?

 

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That’s it for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday!  Let me know about your TTT in the comments! 🙂


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April Wrap-Up!

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Welcome back! First of all, can we just agree that April was like, 2 days?!  The beginning of April was a little slow for me reading and blogging-wise, but things really started to pick up for me the second half of the month.

BOOKS READ

– Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

– The Auctor Trilogy by T. R. Wolf \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

– Heart of Danger (Nancy Drew Files #11) by Carolyn Keene \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️

– I Still Remember (Short Story) by Priya Prithviraj \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

– Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

STANDOUT BOOK OF THE MONTH

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It’s a tie between Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon and The Auctor Trilogy by T. R. Wolf.

BOOKS REVIEWED

Black by Ted Dekker \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Ready or Not by Meg Cabot \\ ⭐️⭐️1/2

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

BOOK HAUL

I bought and received several new books in April!

First of all, a big thank you to the publisher and author for sending me a copy of Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold by Iain Reading!IMG_0399

I also won a copy of The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson from a contest hosted by Penguin Teen!

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Then, I picked up three more books from the Dollar Tree!  I found Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan, Summer State of Mind by Jen Calonita, and Mobile Library by David Whitehouse.

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I also received Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon from my grandma, and Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo from my mom at my family birthday party!

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MISCELLANEOUS

This past Saturday, I participated in Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon!  I had a really great time, and ended up really reading a lot!  I’m really glad I decided to participate this time around, and plan on participating in the next one (which is Oct. 21, just FYI!).

To see all my posts about this readathon, click here!


That wraps up April!  It was still a slow reading and blogging month, but it’s starting to pick up the pace (especially compared to February’s wrap up 🙈).

Thanks for reading!


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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon | Update #3 and Wrap Up


Well everyone, we did it! How did you all do? Yesterday was chilly and rainy, and so it was perfect readathon weather. While I didn’t read the entire time, I read so much yesterday! I did have to stop reading to go to bed last night, because I had church in the morning and didn’t want to fall asleep then (lol), so I went to bed around midnight. I had hoped to get up early and read a bit before the Readathon ended, but I was too tired and decided to sleep instead. 🤷🏼‍♀️😴 I am actually really pleased with how much I ended up reading though, and I’m so glad I decided to participate!


Reading Update

BOOKS COMPLETED

I Still Remember by Priya Prithviraj // ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Heart of Danger by Carolyn Keene // ⭐️⭐️⭐️

BOOKS PARTIALLY COMPLETED

I read the last 100 pages of Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon. // ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I read the first 35 pages of The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott by Kelly O’Connor Mcnees. 


Let me know how all of you did for Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon! Are there any other readathons that are coming up that you’re excited for? 📚 



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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon | Update #2


How’s everyone doing on the Readathon at this point? It’s 11 PM where I’m at, and being that I have church in the morning, I’m planning on going to bed soon. That being said, I’m really pleased with the progress I’ve made for this readathon! I’ll have a full wrap up post after the readathon is completely done, but I just have to say, for me, I read so much today. I admit, I took a break this evening for a few hours, but I’m just so proud of how well I actually did today! ☺️🙌🏼


Reading Update

Since my last update, I have completely finished Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon! 

Also, I just finished Heart of Danger by Carolyn Keene. 👍🏼


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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon | Update #1

Hello everyone! Today is the big day!! It’s about 11:30 AM where I am, and while I took a bit of a break to eat breakfast and get dressed, I am actually doing really well so far. ☺️

I wanted to start by doing the Hour 1 challenge/introduction even though it’s not Hour 1 anymore:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

I’m from Ohio, USA! 🇺🇸

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

That would probably have to be Heart of Danger by Carolyn Keene. Yesterday was the 87th anniversary of the Nancy Drew books, and that series is so very dear to my heart. It’s been a while since I read one, so I think it’ll be fun to re-enter Nancy’s world!

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Honestly, I don’t really have any snacks planned or lined up. I’m just going to eat whatever is in the house when I get hungry. 🤷🏼‍♀️

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

Aside from reading, I absolutely love dancing, especially ballet and contemporary. I’ve also been teaching myself how to crochet, and I’ve absolutely fallen in love with that as well!

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

This is my first time participating in this Readathon, and I’d have to say that I’m just most excited to spend my day reading and knowing so many others are doing the same! Also, this is giving me the perfect chance to catch up on my Goodreads challenge! 😜


Reading Update

So far, I’ve finished I Still Remember by Priya Prithviraj, and I gave it 4 stars.

Right now I’m finishing up Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon, which I had hoped to finish before the readathon, but oh well! I’ve been really enjoying it though, so that’s good.


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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon TBR!

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Hey guys! I wanted to let you all know that I’m participating in Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon this year!  This is my first time participating, so I’m pretty excited. 😀  To get all the details for this readathon, check it out here!  What I love about this particular readathon is that everyone starts and stops at the exact same time. The readathon starts in my timezone at 8 AM, on Saturday, April 29th, and ends 24 hours later.  To find out what time the readathon starts where you live click here!  Honestly, I know I’m not going to be able to read the entire day, but I’m going to try and read as much as I possibly can.

Without further ado, let me share my TBR with y’all!

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First of all, I plan on reading the short story, I Still Remember by Priya Prithviraj.  It’s quite short, and so I think this book will be perfect to read for kicking off this read-a-thon!

Ji-woo dreams of becoming a writer and is back in college giving it a second shot. But then Weon-gyu, her first love, comes back into her new life. Will she give up on her dreams or will she write them a happy ending?

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There’s nothing quite like a cheesy, 80’s Nancy Drew book.  They’re so much fun and so quick to read.  Heart of Danger is only around 150 pages, so I think I should be able to finish this one fairly fast as well.  Also, just look at that cover.  The longer you look the better it becomes. 😂

Nancy investigates the kidnapping of Caterina Reigert by posing as the writer of the girl’s father’s autobiography.

 

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9466118.jpgThe last book on my TBR is The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott.  I received this book for review a couple months ago, and I still haven’t read it. 🙊  So, this is a book that needs to be read ASAP!  I admit, I doubt that I will finish this entire book as well, but I hope to get at least a good chunk of it read.

Deftly mixing fact and fiction, Kelly O’Connor McNees returns to the summer of 1855, when vivacious Louisa May Alcott is twenty-two and bursting to free herself from family and societal constraints and do what she loves most. Stuck in small-town New Hampshire, she meets Joseph Singer, and as she opens her heart, Louisa finds herself torn between a love that takes her by surprise and her dream of independence as a writer in Boston. The choice she must make comes with a steep price that she will pay for the rest of her life.

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I plan on giving a few updates here on the blog during the readathon, and afterwards,  I will have a wrap-up here as well.  Be sure to follow me on Twitter and Instagram (specifically my stories) too, because I’ll be giving even more updates throughout the day on there!  All my social media links are down below! 👇

Are any of you participating in Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon?  Let me know in the comments!


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Book Review | In the Shadow of Blackbirds

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Title: In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters

Pages: 387

Genres: YA, Historical Fiction, Paranormal, Mystery

Published by: Amulet Books (Apr. 2, 2013)

Summary

In 1918, the world seems on the verge of apocalypse. Americans roam the streets in gauze masks to ward off the deadly Spanish influenza, and the government ships young men to the front lines of a brutal war, creating an atmosphere of fear and confusion. Sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches as desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort, but she herself has never believed in ghosts. During her bleakest moment, however, she’s forced to rethink her entire way of looking at life and death, for her first love—a boy who died in battle—returns in spirit form. But what does he want from her?

Featuring haunting archival early-twentieth-century photographs, this is a tense, romantic story set in a past that is eerily like our own time

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What I Thought

Wow. Okay, where to start? First, this book was fantastic! When I saw this book, I figured it would be like Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children; It had a mysterious cover, there were vintage pictures inside, and a spooky story line. Despite all that, It’s wasn’t. In the Shadow of Blackbirds is very much it’s own, intriguing, original story (Although, I think it will appeal to Miss Peregrine fans, like myself).

I don’t want to give anything away, but the story didn’t go at all where I thought it would, which I loved! The romance in this story is not like your average love story either. Mary Shelley is not all “Ohh I’m in love with my dead boyfriend! I’m going to go make out with a ghost boy!”  Which is something I greatly appreciated, because when I picked up In the Shadow Blackbirds I wanted to read something intriguing and mysterious, not a paranormal romance, and I got exactly what I was looking for.

I also loved all the historical facts in this book.  For example, to protect themselves from the flu, people would take drastic measures, such as eating onions constantly to even eating a sugar cube dipped in kerosene!  My eyes were really opened to the severity of the Spanish Influenza, and this book made it possible for me to feel the pain and sadness it caused to so many people, on a more real level.

Also, the pictures were wonderful.  They were featured at the beginning of some of the chapters and really helped show what it was like to be living in 1918.

Overall, this book is awesome. Go read it!  I would recommend In the Shadow of Blackbirds to anyone looking for a unique and mysterious, historical read, as well as fans of Miss Peregrine’s.

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Review originally written October 2013.

Book Review | Holding Up the Universe

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Title: Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

Pages: 391

Genres: YA, Contemporary, Romance

Published by: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers (Oct. 4, 2016)

Summary

Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for every possibility life has to offer. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything. 

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.

Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.

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What I Thought

*I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  A huge thank you to Blogging for Books and the publisher!*

I’ve been hearing so many wonderful things about Jennifer Niven’s books lately!  So, when I saw Blogging for Books had copies of Holding Up the Universe available, I decided to give it a try.

From very early on, I was drawn into the story and the characters.  Jack was the typical popular guy on the outside, but we discover that it is actually because he has prosopagnosia, which is face blindness.  I, myself, do not have prosopagnosia, so I don’t know if Jack’s character is an accurate portrayal, that being said, based off the book’s descriptions, I really felt like I was able to get into Jack’s head.  I felt the confusion he felt every time someone came up to him.  The difficulties felt very real, and I feel like I gained a better understanding of what being face blind is like.

I found Libby to be a very relatable character as well.  While she was faced with struggles, I loved that she didn’t let her past define her.  Another thing I loved was her passion for dance.  She didn’t let herself be filled with the preconceived notions of how a dancer should look or act.  Libby simply let the music flow through her, and expressed herself, which is what dancing is truly all about (although I admit, the ballet dancer in me cringed a little when she wore pointe shoes even though she had no real ballet training.  Regardless of age, weight, whatever, please don’t wear pointe shoes unless you have been properly trained – you will break your ankles!).  The love of dance was so inspiring, and it really meant a lot to me, personally.

Another thing I really liked was the positive portrayal of Libby’s counselor.  Too many times in the media, I feel like therapists and counselors are portrayed as distant and disconnected, or only for “crazy” people.  To see a counselor portrayed in such a natural, positive, and real way was so refreshing!  Rachel was there to talk to Libby and help her work through her problems, and I really liked the relationship they shared.

Now, Jack and Libby’s relationship!  I honestly wasn’t sure how I felt about it at first.  The further on I read, though, the more I fell in love.  😍

I loved the message this book brought.  Yes, it was a love story, but I feel like it was so much more than that.  Holding Up the Universe is about more than just Jack and Libby falling in love.  It’s about self-acceptance.  We all have our issues and flaws, but we are all important and so worthy.  Don’t let others tell you who you can and can’t be.  Be yourself.  I really loved this quote, and I feel like it summed up the book perfectly:

Dear friend, You are not a freak. You are wanted. You are necessary. You are the only you there is. Don’t be afraid to leave the castle. It’s a great big world out there.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book.  It was filled with lovely characters, and an even lovelier message.  I would recommend this to anyone looking for a good contemporary novel!

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Book Review | Eleanor & Park

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Title: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Pages: 328

Genres: YA, Romance, Contemporary

Published by: St. Martin’s Press (Feb. 26, 2013)

Summary

Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

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What I Thought

Eleanor & Park has been on my TBR since 2013, but it was just one of those books that I never got around to picking.  Finally, I read, and I am so glad I did!

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