AUGUST 2017 WRAP UP

Gosh, how is it the end of summer already? It’s hard to believe where this year is going and to be honest, it’s hard to believe I am completely caught up with my reading goals. This summer has been such an incredible time for reading for me, I’ve read so many incredible books over the last three months, I kind of wish I could go back in time and re-read these all for the first time. I read 24 books in the span of three months and to me, that is absolutely incredible.

During the month of August, I read a total of 6 books. I finished an incredible series, I read an amazing stand-alone, and I am on my way to finishing another amazing trilogy. Needless to say, I think August has been one of my favorite reading months.

The first book I read was The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski. I will definitely have a review for this coming soon, but this one honestly surprised me. It would have been perfect for fall but since I am impatient and didn’t want to wait for fall— I obviously read it now. I rated this 4.5/5 stars.

The second book I read was Air Awakens by Elise Kova. I will have a series review for this coming sometime in the near future, but I have had my eye on this for such a long time. I finally decided to pick it up because I swear it was haunting me, but all I’m gonna say is that this series is number one on my favorite books ever. I rated this 5/5 stars.

The third book I read was Fire Falling by Elise Kova.  This book was a delight and it ended on SUCH a cliffhanger, I could not even. I rated this 5/5 stars.

The fourth book I read was Earth’s End by Elise Kova. This book played with my emotions and hurt me so much, Elise is brutal okay. I rated this 5/5 stars.

The fifth book I read was Water’s Wrath by Elise Kova. This one destroyed me, I cried so damn hard. I rated this 5/5 stars.

The sixth book I read was Crystal Crowned by Elise Kova. This made me so happy, it ended just the way I wanted it to end, and I rated this 5/5 stars.

So yeah, all 5 star reads practically and I do not regret rating them all five stars because they deserved it.

And yes, A Gathering of Shadows is featured here because I thought I would finish it, but I am definitely not going to get there by the end of the day.

NOW for my haul. I did not get as many books as I did last month, in fact, I got rid of more than I bought which that will be another post for another time. But I also invested in a Barnes and Noble membership card so yeah, goodbye savings!

From Barnes and Noble…

The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski
The Last Sacrifice by James A. Moore
The Theif by Megan Whalen Turner
The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner

From Amazon…

Air Awakens by Elise Kova
Fire Falling by Elise Kova
Earth’s End by Elise Kova
Water’s Wrath by Elise Kova
Crystal Crowned by Elise Kova

From book subscription boxes…

The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd Jones
Wicked Like Wildfire by Lana Popovic

So that concludes my August wrap up! I’ve read so many books this month and got so many good books, it’s almost unbelievable!

 

JULY WRAP UP, I WENT CRAZY THIS MONTH

This is the best reading month that I have had in a LONG time. I have read SO many books, and I have no idea how I managed to read all of these. But oh my gosh, I did it! I enjoyed the majority of the books that I read.

  • Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia: I absolutely loved this book, I read it in practically a day. I do have a review up for this hopefully by the time this post is up? I rated this 5/5 stars.
  • Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olsen: I need to read more dystopian. That’s all. I also hopefully have a review up for this, if not my review WILL be up quite soon. I rated this 4/5 stars.
  • Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch: This fell flat for me, could not get into it… won’t be continuing the trilogy. I rated this 2/5 stars.
  • Because You Love to Hate Me by Ameriie: Loved this anthology and all the stories and the book tubers responses to them! I rated this 4/5 stars.
  • The Third Twin by  C.J Omololu: Finished this in 2.5 hours. Absolutely loved this contemp/thriller. I rated this 4/5 stars.
  • Follow Me Back by A.V Geiger: Another book I finished in the same day. I am so mad with this book okay. I rated this 5/5 stars.
  • Nightfall by Jake Halpern: This book took me by surprise. It was creepy and very fun to read. I rated this 4/5 stars.
  • The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black: Read this in one sitting, this book was AHMAZING. The review will be up soon! I rated this 5/5 stars.
  • Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody: You need to read this, it is so good. I rated this 5/5 stars. A review will be up soon.

BOOKS I BOUGHT

I was going to hold myself back this month, but I could not because there were so many books that I needed.

  • Follow Me Back by A.V Geiger
  • Because You Love to Hate Me by Ameriie
  • Halayda by Sarah Delena White
  • Last Star Burning by Caitlin Sangster
  • All the Truth that’s in Me by Julie Berry
  • Fill in Boyfriend by Kasie West
  • Walk on Earth with a Stranger by Rae Carson
  • Beware the Wild by Natalie Parker
  • Crowns Game by Evelyn Skye
  • Nightfall by Jake Halpern
  • Nemesis by Anna Banks
  • Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khourey
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  • Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by McKenzie Lee
  • Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
  • The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

So yeah, there goes my incredible reading month.

Don’t forget to comment down below and let me know some of your favorite reads this month!

JUNE WRAP UP 2017

 

I can’t believe June is already over! The past two months I was in a really bad reading slump, especially in April I only read I believe… two books? Slowly but surely I am getting out of my reading slump and blogging slump. During the month of June, I read a total of six books. I had such a great reading month, most of my books were five-star reads and they took me completely by surprise. I believe there was only one book that I did not enjoy. But you know, I read a total of seven books. SEVEN. I have not read that many books in a month since last July and that was incredible.

Dark Breaks the Dawn by Sarah B Larson. 1/5 stars.
I have a review on this on my blog, and here is the link but… gosh I disliked this book. I found it to be boring and the worldbuilding was so poor and I didn’t like any of the characters. Also, this book is supposed to be a swan lake retelling? I don’t know, I didn’t care much about the book to look up what retelling it is.

Queen of Blood by Sarah B Larson. 5/5 stars.
I went into this not expecting much at all, and it took me by surprise. This is a book about a competition to find the right Queen who can control spirits that are literally in everything and will kill you. I read this in a matter of two days and it was just incredible.

Wintersong by S. Jae Jones. 5/5 stars.
I don’t know why it took me so long to read this book, but I finally did it! This is sort of a retelling of the Labyrinth and the Goblin Market? I am not TOO sure but I really loved this book. I love books where music is the main focus and the main character has a connection with it. I need the sequel now.

Our Dark Duet by V.E Schwab. 5/5 stars.
This is the sequel to This Savage Song and the last book in that duology. All I am going to say is that this book destroyed me.

Nyxia by Scott Reintgen 5/5 stars. 
This is actually an arc and it comes out September 12 of this year. This is an incredibly diverse sci-fi read with characters from all parts of the world that you can imagine. It is a competition in space and that is all I can say right now until my review is posted closer to the release date! I just really loved this book!

Reign of Serpents by Eleanor Herman
I literally read this in the span of four hours. Granted it was shorter than I had expected, but it was incredible. I mean… things I wanted to happen didn’t happen, but you know what? I really liked what she did and especially all the little historical events she included! Kind of bummed I have to wait an entire year for the next book!

A List of Cages by Robin Roe
I feel like I always say this while reading a new book, but I have seriously… I mean, this was the most incredible book I have ever read.  This was so heart wrenching and emotional, I can’t wait to write a review on it and tell you all my thoughts!

And now for my book haul in which I uh… hauled a lot of books.

                                                                            I have ZERO impulse control.
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau
Song of the Current by Sarah Tolscer
Our Dark Duet by V.E Schwab
Rosemarked by Livia Blackburn (ARC)
Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olsen
New World Rising by Jennifer Wilson
Roar by Cora Carmack
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
A List of Cages by Robin Roe
Reign of Serpents by Eleanor Herman
Now I Rise by Kiersten White
Zero Repeat Forever by G.S Pendergast (arc)
Ninth City Burning J. Patrick Black (arc)
Wings Unseen by Rebecca Farrell (arc)
Dark Intercept by Julia Keller (arc)
Ekata: Fall of Darkness by Dominique Law (arc)
The Witch’s Kiss by Elizabeth and Katharine Corr (arc)

 

 

February Wrap Up

I can’t believe that this month is over you guys, what is this madness. This month was a little uneventful for me because I didn’t really read everything that I wanted to. I’m attempting to get used to my school schedule along with work and it’s a little hard to fit in time for reading, but I try! And excuse this random photo. I didn’t take one for this month so yeah, I wanted to put something in this post!

So this month, I read six books! Three for enjoyment and two for school. I have reviews for some of these up already, so I’ll just give my rating and small thoughts.

WINDWITCH by SUSAN DENNARD: I loved this book so so much. It was one of my highly anticipated books and it did not disappoint! I rated this 5/5 stars!

KINGS CAGE by VICTORIA AVEYARD: Another anticipated read and this one took me by surprise because I was expecting to dislike it, but wow it was fantastic! I rated this 5/5 stars!

THE SONG OF ACHILLES by MADELINE MILLER: My favorite book of the month and of my life okay. This book was absolutely incredible, it made me sob, like really cry. I really recommend you guys to read this! I rated this 5/5 stars!

SHANE by JACK SCHAEFER: I had to read this for school. It was the typical western… it was nothing really special in my opinion. I rated this 3/5 stars!

THE PRINCESS SAVES HERSELF IN THIS ONE by AMANDA LOVELACE: Another amazing read. I loved all of the passages. I rated this 5/5 stars!

WINTERS BONE by DANIEL WOODRELL: I had to read this for class as well and wasn’t really enjoying it so I read it on audiobook and it was pretty good. Although I do actually enjoy the movie better. I gave this a 3/5 stars!

BOOK HAUL

Mark of the Thief and Rise of the Wolf
The Valiant by Lindsey Livingston
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Kings Cage by Victoria Aveyard
Shane by Jack Schaefer
The Princess Saves Herself in this One by Amanda Lovelace.

December Wrap up

The end of the year is quickly approaching and I cannot believe that in a few hours it will be 2017. That is just… wow. This year was a rough year. I feel like I say this a lot in my past posts, but I am so glad this year is going to be over. December was a good month for me. I unfortunately did not read a lot, but it was super relaxing and just what I needed after my semester at college. Since Christmas was also this month I will be sharing a few of the items I got for Christmas and what I purchased for myself as well as the books that I read.

I only bought six books myself this month. Which is relatively low since two of them are from Kindle Library Unlimited.
Crystal Storm by Morgan Rhodes
The Lunar Chronicles Coloring book
Red Queen Coloring Book
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
Free the Darkness by Kel Kade
Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

I got more books than I had anticipated this Christmas, but I’m so excited to read them! See any of your favorites here??

My family was amazing and got me ten books for Christmas and I gave them a huge huge list and I’m so happy about the ones they picked out.
The Gray Wolf Throne by Cinda Williams Chima
The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima
Kings Folly by Jill Williamson
Ice like Fire by Sarah Raasch
Frost like Night by Sarah Raasch
The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst
The King Slayer by Virginia Boecker
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Golden Son by Pierce Brown

I also treated myself to a few items because I survived my first semester at a University. It’s a lame excuse, but oh well.
Another obsession of mine is makeup. I bought a Blush/highlighter Palette from Ulta and it is by Makeup revolution. It’s beautiful. I bought some liquid matte lipsticks from colourpop which is super affordable. I also bought a Kat Von D matte lipstick. 10/10 recommend. My family also bought me a few lipsticks from colourpop as well as the kyliecosmetics burgundy palette. I also got a face cleaning brush and the bubble foaming mask. My mom also got me a HUGE amount of art supplies because I have been super into art.

My favorite things I purchased for myself is this amazing Victor Vale bookmark from Skinny Hues. Vicious is my all time favorite book so I was happy to get a bookmark for this.

I also saw Star Wars and I am a little obsessed with Cassian Andor. So I bought two stickers from INJUREDDREAMS. I got one of Cassian and K-2S0 and one of just K-2SO.

I also got a pop!funko of Cassian Andor. Because I have zero self control.

NOW onto the books I read. I will be honest okay… I read three books this month. Incredibly lower than I had anticipated, but I finished my goodreads challenge for the year and I enjoyed the three books I read.

The first book I read was Roseblood by A.G Howard. This is sort of a retelling of Phantom of the Opera… I won’t give anything away but I rated this three stars and I did enjoy it.

I listened to an audiobook on audible and that was Slasher Girls and Monster Boys which is an anthology of horror stories. I was excited to read this but I was let down by it and only enjoyed two of the stories out of however many there were. I rated this two stars.

The last book I read for the year is Crystal Storm by Morgan Rhodes. This book was amazing. It was my most anticipated and I am a little sad I have to wait a year for the next book because that was a killer cliffhanger.

So that is my December wrap up, I am so ready for this year to be over and for the next year to start. I hope you guys have a great new years eve!

 

October wrap up

So October was a pretty good reading month for me. I’m absolutely proud of myself for reading six books even if most of them were not creepy or spooky books as I had originally planned. I probably acquired more books than I read which I am trying not to do.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo.

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5/5 STARS

I actually started this at the end of September, but I’m including it for October because I read the majority of it this month. I’ve already put up my review for this amazing book. But this is possibly my favorite book of the year. Well, the top five. But wow, this was a fantastic end to an amazing duology and I am a little sad it is over!

The Call by Peadar O’Guilin

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2/5 STARS

I was so excited to read this book! The plot sounded amazing and super unique! Though it sounded similar to the Hunger Games and I was a little skeptical about it being the same, but believe me it is not. I also wrote a review on this. Unfortunately this did not live up to the expectations I had and it did not reach its full potential.

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

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4/5 STARS

This was huge surprise for me. I typically stay way from contemporary… ish type of books as well as mystery/thriller/paranormal or whatever this genre is. I also have a review for this on my blog, but I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick and enjoyable read!

Alexander the Great: The Invisible Enemy by John Maxwell O’Brien

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3/5 STARS

I am fascinated by Alexander the Great, but I had to read this book and write a book review on it for a class. Not much to say for this one, but it was very interesting!

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

 

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2/5 STARS (for now)

I was excited for this book. Very excited. However, I DNF’d it, sadly. It was not as good as I wanted it to be. It was boring and legit nothing happened. I looked at other reviews of people who ACTUALLY finished it, they said the same thing. I don’t know, maybe I’ll finish it in the future, just not anytime soon.

Through the Woods by Emily Carrol

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2/5 STARS

This has been on my TBR for so long, I just never really picked it up. It is sort of like a graphic novel and the pictures were truly beautiful! While this was a quick read I found myself confused at times as to what was going on. The stories did not make sense in some parts, however I sort of expected that in the first place. I am sort of mad I wasted a free book credit on this though on scribd. Forever salty about that.

So those are all the books I managed to read in October! Comment below with some spooky recommendations!

 

 

August Wrap up + Book haul!

I apologize for not posting in like a month (or two??) But I’m going to be honest, I was lazy okay, not gonna lie. I had zero motivation to write posts or even take bookstagram photos! But boy the last two months were fantastic in terms of catching up on my tbr, I am happy to say I am all caught up with my goodreads challenge at last!

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So August was another great reading month for me considering I basically read around the same amount of books that I did in July.

The first book I read was actually a re-read. To get ready for A Torch Against the Night, I read An Ember in the Ashes  by Sabaa Tahir and it was no big surprise that I gave this book a 5/5 stars. It’s amazing to see how much is glossed over when you re-read a book and you learn so much more. I am pretty sure I feel even MORE in love with this book and the characters, the writing and the story, I can’t wait to delve into book two!

The second book I read was This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab. This woman is legit one of my all time favorite authors. I love her writing styles, her characters, how she is always writing about good vs. evil and when it crosses the line. All I am going to say is this was such an easy read and it reached all of my expectations (obviously I will write up a full review on it soon!) I gave this a 5/5 stars!

The third book I read was The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi. This was the most disappointing read of the month. Or maybe I was not in the right mind for it.. but, yeah I actually DNF’d this. I found to be quite bland, I was not enjoying it at all because half the time I was confused! So to sum it up, the cover was absolutely beautiful, but the inside was not and I will probably never pick it up again. From what I read I gave this a 2/5 stars!

During the month I read The Winners trilogy by Marie Rutkoski… which I ABSOLUTELY loved. I was very hesitant on starting this series because I’ve seen nothing but good reviews on it and I am so glad that I read it. I gave The Winners Curse a 4/5 stars, the Winners Crime a 4/5 stars, and the Winners Kiss a 5/5 stars because Roshur is a gem and everything ended just like I hoped it would.

So that’s all I read for August and I am incredibly proud of myself for reading more than five books! I think I am going to at least shoot for five books or more every month.

How many books did you read??

July wrap-up!

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So I read nowhere near the fourteen books I was hoping for, but I am proud of myself for reading what I did! And I enjoyed all, well… most of the books I read and I accomplished one of my reading goals which was to finish a series!

So the first book I read was Scarlet by Marissa Meyer, which is the second book in the Lunar Chronicles series. It did not suffer from second book syndrome what so ever and it was utterly fantastic! I love how flawlessly Marissa introduces the new characters and it’s such a neat build up. I loved the blossoming romance between Wolf and Scarlet and their connection. I also love the friendship that Thorne and Cress have and that he doesn’t mind who/what she is. SPEAKING OF THORNE, oh my gosh I love him so much I swear he is Nikolai 2.0, It’s great. So overall gave this a 5/5 stars!

The second book I read was Empire of Dust by Eleanor Herman which is a historical fantasy about Alexander the Great as a teenager. This book did not disappoint the high expectations I had of it. I had a few issues though with the fact that there are SO many darn characters!! All with their own POV! Other than that I felt this was a fantastic sequal and there are some unexpected romances and I am super hyped that the author included LGBTQ+ with Alex. So overall I gave this a 4.5/5 stars!

The third book I read was Captive Prince by C.S Pacat and I’ve never ever hated a book so much in my life. I am not going to get much into it because quite frankly it doesn’t deserve my attention. So I dnf’d this book because after like 40% of pages filled with romanticized rape/abuse/torture, I couldn’t do it. I don’t care if it’s the love story that is important or the next two books are wonderful, this book was sick & I don’t recommend it ever. So I rated this 1/5 stars... even if it really deserves zero.

The fourth book I read was Cress by Marissa Meyer. This book was also fantastic as heck! Cress is probably well… next to Thorne, my favorite character of the series! She is so adorable and cute and I love the chemistry between her and Thorne. I also love Jacin of course, like how could I not?? Obviously I gave this book a 5/5 stars!

The fifth book I read was the Telling by Alexandra Sirowy. I recieved this as an arc from netgalley and it is about a girl who is trying to heal after her brother’s untimely death. Soon a series of murders happens and it’s basically a whodunit. Like you know, the typical mystery/thriller/contemporary YA. I struggled to get through this book and while it was enjoyable, I also found it to be quite forgettable. So I rated this 3/5 stars.

The sixth book I read was Winter by Marissa Meyer which was the epic conclusion to the Lunar Chronicles. This is probably my favorite end to a series and I sobbed happy tears because all my OTP’s ended up together and it ended just the way I wanted it to end! Of course I rated this 5/5 stars, how could I not??

The last book I read was Stars Above by Marissa Meyer which is a series of novellas set in the Lunar Chronicles. I loved all the stories, especially Carswell’s guide to getting lucky and the one where Scarlet married Wolf. But my goodness this was so good and I am so so very sad this is all over. Like what will I do? I also rated this 5/5 stars!

So in total I read seven books which is super good and a lot more than I thought I would read and I completed one of my TBR challenges which was to complete a series!

How many books did you read this month??