Top Ten Favorite Books Quotes I’ve Read this Year

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday again!  It’s a weekly bookish list hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! This week’s topic is:

Favorite Book Quotes I’ve Read this Year

I love quotes!  A good quote can really speak to you and stick with you through life.    It’s so hard for me to pick favorites, though.  So, to give myself less stress, I’ve decided to only include quotes from books I’ve read this year!

So, here we go:

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Book Review | Regal Hearts: Season Two | Blog Tour + Giveaway!

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Hey everyone! Today I am so excited to share my review of Regal Hearts: Season Two by Livy Jarmusch. I read Season One a while back and really loved, so I was so excited jump back into this series!

Be sure to read to the end of the post, because I’m also sharing how you can enter to win an autographed copy of Season One, and you will not want to miss it!


regalheartsseasontwo.jpgTitle: Regal Hearts: Season Two by Livy Jarmusch

Pages: 437

Genres: YA, Contemporary, Christian

Publisher: CreateSpace (Jan. 28th, 2019)

Summary

Following the unexpected revelation of her regal heritage, Lena Bodner must travel to Tarsurella in search of allies. Rebuilding a broken nation is no small task. But now it’s up to Lena to convince her sisters to help. Will they learn to work together in love and unity? Will they rise to become the world-changers they were meant to be? Or will their nation crumble apart, as a wicked dictator overthrows their courage?

Regal Hearts Season Two is the continuation of an exciting story written in a unique “TV Show” format. Livy has been releasing these digital-book episodes on a weekly basis, but now you can read Season 2 (10 Episodes) all at once!

Regal Hearts: Season Two

what i thought

*I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  A huge thank you to the author!*

After reading Season One of Regal Hearts, I was absolutely hooked on Livy Jarmusch’s writing!  Since first reading season one back in late 2017, I’ve also read and loved The Coronation and The Rebellion (a companion series).  Because of this, I was so excited for the chance to review season two!  And I am so delighted to say that this season did not disappoint!

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End of the Year Book Tag

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Hello! Can you even believe that 2018 is just about over?! That is so wild to me!  This year was filled with some major ups and downs.  That being said, I am hopeful that 2019 will be an amazing year. 🙂

Today I decided to the End of the Year book tag. I discovered this tag over at Pretty Purple Polka Dots by Aoife!

Okay, here we go:

Best book you’ve read in 2018

I don’t think it’s possible for me to narrow this down just to one book!  I have a post coming later this week, where I share my top ten books of 2018, and that list is as close as I can get to listing a favorite.

Best sequel you’ve read in 2016

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The Rebellion by Livy Jarmusch was such a great follow-up to The Coronation.  I cannot wait to read book three!

New release you haven’t read yet, but want to

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I love the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld so much, so I really want to get to Imposters in 2019!

Biggest disappointment

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote was so disappointing.  So many people are obsessed with this movie, and maybe the movie is quite different, but this book was very different than I expected.  I felt disconnected from the plot and all the characters.  The short stories included in the book weren’t my thing either.  I don’t think Truman Capote’s writing is for me.

Biggest surprise

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I have to go with Small Spaces by Katherine Arden for this one.  This book completely blew me away!  It was one of my favorite books of the year and was just so much more than I expected. I love it so much!

Favourite new author (debut or new to you)

Katherine Arden and Taylor Jenkins Reid were both new-to-me authors that I read in 2018 that I definitely plan on reading more of in 2019!

Newest fictional crush

I don’t really get fictional “crushes” but both Bill from Save the Date and Zach from the Illusion trilogy were such sweet, great guys and I loved reading about them!

Newest favourite character

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There’s no way I could pick! I will say, though, I found Charlie and her family to be super relatable, and she reminded me a lot of me when I was 18.  So, I guess I’ll go with her for this question.

Book that made you cry

My Sister’s Keeper was the biggest cry fest for me, but Save the Date and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo also had their moments!

Book that made you happy

I feel so redundant including it, but Save the Date really made me happy, too.  The Way You Make Me Feel also made me happy!

Most beautiful book you bought or received this year

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I won this gorgeous copy of Stories for Christmas by Charles Dickens from an Instagram giveaway, and oh my word, this book is stunning!  I’m obsessed with how pretty it is!!

What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

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I’m currently reading The Christmas Secret by Donna VanLiere, and I’d really love to have that finished up before the new year starts!


That wraps up the End of Year Book Tag! I hope you enjoyed reading this, and I would absolutely love to hear your answers. 🙂

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a safe and happy New Years! 🎉🥂

Favorite Novellas/Short Stories!

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday again!  It’s a weekly bookish list hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! This week’s topic is:

FAVORITE NOVELLAS/SHORT STORIES

This was a bit of a tough topic this week.  I don’t typically read a whole lot of novellas or short stories, so I really had to think for this TTT, and I didn’t come up with a whole ten.  That being said, I’ve come up with some good stories that I’ve really loved!

Kindred Spirits

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Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell was such a fun and sweet read!  Even though this book is all about a girl who is a Star Wars super fan, and I’ve never even seen Star Wars, I still loved it.  It was the first thing I ever read by Rainbow Rowell, and it really hooked me on her writing style!

 

 

 

Check it out my review!

 

The Lonely Hearts Club #1.1, #1.2, & #1.3

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These holiday shorts that bridge the gap between The Lonely Hearts Club and We Can Work It Out are so much fun!  They’re cute and festive, and if you enjoy this series, these short stories really compliment it well!

 

 

Check them out on Goodreads!

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Never Never

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I still need to read part 2 and 3 in this novella series, but part 1 of Never Never was so good!  Full of mystery and intrigue, I have no idea how this series is going to end!

 

 

 

 

Check out my review for it here!

Regal Hearts

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This book is a bind-up of 10 short, episodic stories, that make one full story.  I think the idea behind this series is so unique, and the story itself is so compelling!  I can’t wait to start reading season 2!

 

 

 

 

Check out my review!

The Lottery

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I can’t say whether I loved or hated this short story, but I will say it has surely stuck with me, which is why it made this week’s list.  I first read it back in high school, and it’s one I’ll still think about.  It’s so crazy and so thought-provoking.  I remember being so shocked the first time I read this!

 

 

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

A Christmas Carol

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This book is exactly as it seems on all the adaptations, and I loved it.  I’m honestly, so obsessed with Christmas, it’s no surprise that I adored this book.  I really think everybody that loves Christmas should read A Christmas Carol at least once.

 

 

 

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

 


That’s it for this week!  Let me know about some of your favorite short stories and novellas!

Thanks for reading!


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Book Review | The Rebellion | Blog Tour

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Hey everyone!  Today it’s my stop for The Rebellion Blog Tour!  The Rebellion is book #2 in the Tales of Tarsurella series by Livy Jarmusch.  In honor of it’s release next Tuesday, I’m sharing my spoiler-free review of the book!  Also, just in case you’re curious, you can check out my review for book #1, The Coronation, by clicking here.


TheRebellionCoverTitle: The Rebellion (Tales of Tarsurella #2) by Livy Jarmusch

Pages: 345

Genres: YA, Christian, Contemporary

Published by: Self-published (May 8th, 2018)

Summary

Something is brewing. Like the far off rumble of a train in the distance, a rebellion is stirring. A cry for change arises in the midst of a traditional monarchy, where King Addison has inherited the throne. Who are the underground troublemakers? What is stirring their defiant banner and demand for change? Find out in The Rebellion! (The Tales of Tarsurella #2)

Vanessa Bennett lands her dream job working at the Palace in Tarsurella. She struggles to balance everything on her plate: life in a new country, stressful deadlines, crabby co-workers, college classes at the local University, and blossoming feelings of romantic adoration toward her boss–King Addison. Keeping up with her To-Do list, while trying to earn respect in Addison’s male-dominated administration, presents its challenges. Nevertheless, she can’t help but fight a reoccurring thought and the excitement rising with it: is Addison interested in her?

Addison is adjusting to his new role as King. Rumors of a rebellious uprising among the youth in Tarsurella intensifies, as acts of violence and protest break out across the city. Addison is determined to uncover the hidden instigator who fearlessly blogs democracy-driven ideals with a secretive pen name. Will Addison discover and expose the fiery rebellion leader? Or will his efforts fail to stop the rebellious thoughts spreading like wildfire, causing a heartbreaking rift in his divided nation?

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What I Thought

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

After reading The Coronation earlier this year, I was so excited to read the sequel and not only that, but be a part of the launch team.  If you read my review for The Coronation, you’ll know I loved it, and I’m so happy to say that The Rebellion did not disappoint, either!

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Top Ten Favorite Christian Fiction + “The Rebellion” Cover Reveal!

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Hey everyone!  It’s Top Ten Tuesday again, a weekly bookish list hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! Not only that, but last night the cover art went live for The Rebellion by Livy Jarmusch, and as a member of the launch team, I thought it looked so amazing, I wanted to share it with you! This week’s TTT topic was a freebie, meaning we could go with anything we wanted.  So, in keeping with The Rebellion, I’ve decided to go with:

Favorite Christian Fiction Books

I’m going to start with TTT, and then at the end of this post, I’ll share the cover!  Alright, let’s get started:

House of Dark Shadows

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House of Dark Shadows is Book 1 in the Dreamhouse Kings series. This series is one of my favorites! It’s so unique, action-packed, and just one of those books you cannot put down. I think I rated all six books 5 Stars; it’s that good!

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

The Christy Miller series

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If you know anything about Christian fiction, you know I just had to include this one on my list. The Christy Miller series is a Christian YA classic. It is a series filled with great characters, great writing, and it’s just one that’s not easily forgotten!

 

 

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

Black

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The first in a 4 book series, Black is such a gripping read! This series alternates between two different realities, and it is just so well-done.

 

 

 

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

Angel Eyes

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I read this series last year, and y’all, I just loved it so much!! It’s got mystery, angels, ballet, and romance, and the entire series was just so good! In my opinion, it’s so underrated, and so you can bet I’ll talk about these books any chance I get.

 

 

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

Winnie the Horse Gentler series

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This middle grade series is another of my favorites. Winnie and her friends are such relatable characters. Even though I haven’t read these books in years, I honestly, still think about them and the characters so much.

 

 

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

 

Motorcycles, Sushi, & One Strange Book

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This was such a fun book, even though it dealt with some pretty heavy and realistic issues. It’s been a couple years since I read it, but it’s one that, I think, will really encourage people to keep on hoping.

 

 

 

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Hangman’s Curse

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I love Hangman’s Curse!  This book is quite scary and intense at times, but it is oh so good!  There’s also a movie for it, starring a teenage Leighton Meester, that, unlike a lot of Christian movies, is actually really good and not cheesy!

 

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

 

Bad Connection

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Melody Carlson has written so many Christian books, but this book of hers has been my favorite, by far!  It includes some pretty intense topics, but it has a really great mystery, and I am looking forward to continuing this series!

 

 

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

Marvelous

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This is probably one of the most underrated book series that I have read.  I still need to read the last two books, but the first two were phenomenal.  I read Marvelous so quickly, and I’m so excited to finish this series.  It is another great mystery with great characters!

Also, can we just appreciate how gorgeous and unique the covers for this series are?!

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

The Coronation

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Last but not least, I had to include The Coronation by Livy Jarmusch!  This book is so much fun, and so much more than you think.  There are so many incredible, memorable characters, and The Coronation is filled with so much wit and charm.

 

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

 

 

Now, speaking of The Coronation, it’s time to share the cover for book 2 in the series, The Rebellion!

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Isn’t it so gorgeous!?  I feel like it compliments The Coronation so well, too.  The Rebellion comes out May 8th, and you guys are NOT going to want to miss it.  I’ll share my review with you all closer to the release date, but let me just say, this book was so good!!

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That’s it for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday!  I’d love to read yours, so be sure to include yours in the comments! 🙂


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Book Review | The Coronation

the coronationTitle: The Coronation (Tales of Tarsurella#1) by Livy Jarmusch

Pages: 460

Genres: YA, Contemporary, Christian

Summary

Prince Addison is only several weeks away from inheriting the Kingdom of Tarsurella. The entire Palace is ablaze with excitement, as the Royal Family prepares for the event of a lifetime. Despite the exciting event which is near at hand, Addison and his younger siblings (all seven of them!) must carry on with their daily activities.

Addison’s sisters, Princesses Bridget, Chasity, and Hope, have their struggles with being iconic European starlets of a modern day monarchy. The teen heiresses grace magazine covers, smile for photoshoots, and gracefully glide through important interviews–until a certain American popstar arrives on the scene. Kennetic Energy, the wildly popular band from the United States, is chosen to play at Addison’s Coronation. David Carter, the band’s handsome lead singer, fumbles through awkward moments with Princess Hope–in front of the cameras. When an embarrassing rumor sparks that Princess Hope is dating the young fellow, she is determined to get the band fired from their Royal gig.

Meanwhile, Princess Chasity is dealing with her own fragile affairs of the heart. Her new security guard, Hanson Fletcher, is completely captivating, yet entirely frustrating. She attempts to keep the entrance of her heart firmly protected, while following the wisdom of Proverbs 4:23. But can she be successful in guarding her heart, from her security guard?

The Coronation (Tales of Tarsurella #1)

What I Thought

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

Going into this book, I wasn’t sure what to expect.  I knew it was about a royal family from the fictional, European country, Tarsurella, and that it was faith-based, and that was it.  So, as I started to read it, I was instantly intrigued with the plot, and I had no idea how intense this story was going to get!

One of my favorite things about this novel was the setting. It’s been so long since I’ve read a good royalty story, and The Coronation had all the best parts of one. I loved how it was set in modern day, yet Tarsurella itself was so enchanting and, at places, just like a good, old-fashioned fairytale.

Another thing I loved about The Coronation was the characters. The royal family is rather large, so I was worried I would have trouble keeping track of everyone, but once again, Livy Jarmusch has managed to create such unique characters, that I had no trouble keeping track of not only the entire royal family, but every other character as well. Everybody had their own unique personality and style, and I loved that! I also appreciated how firm in their faith some of the characters were. Several of the characters’ faith and hope in God was so inspiring and encouraging. This book definitely reminded me of a cleaner, yet more dramatic/action packed, Christian-based Princess Diaries, which made me so excited!

I’m also looking forward to seeing where the budding romances will lead as the series continues. There are so many cute moments between certain characters already. Despite how much I love all the potential relationships, I also loved the emphasis placed on the fact that you don’t need a boyfriend/girlfriend to complete you.

One thing I didn’t care for in this book, however, was the stereotypical portrayal of Muslims and Middle Easterners. It was disappointing and did not sit well with me that the only characters of that religion and ethnicity that were in this book were portrayed as villains and extremely evil.

Overall, though, I really did enjoy this book! The Coronation was such an adventure, and I can’t wait to read its sequel, The Rebellion! I would recommend this novel to anyone look for a fun and adventurous book. It’s also perfect for fans of Meg Cabot, who are looking for a cleaner, faith-filled alternative.

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Regal Reads Blog Tour | If I Were Trapped in a Disney Movie for a Day + Regal Hearts Season One Review

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Hey everyone!  Today I’m participating in the blog tour, Regal Reads, in honor of Regal Hearts: Season One being released in paperback! I’m super excited about this post today, because not only am I sharing an extra book review this week, but I also get to be a little extra creative.  The lovely Livy Jarmusch came up with some super creative tour ideas, and they were all so fun and imaginative! I just had to write and share with you all the things I would do if I were trapped in a Disney movie for a day.  So, without further ado, let’s get on with it!

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