Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Informative, Paranormal, WWW Wednesday, Young Adult

WWW #5

Once again, it’s been a WHILE since I’ve done this. I’m going to just cover what’s been happening in October for me, so here goes nothing!

For those of you who haven’t seen these meme before, it started over at Taking on a World of Words and consists of a few simple questions:

The 3 W’s:

What are you currently reading?

-What did you recently finish reading?

-What are you planning on reading next?



What are you currently reading?

Now. 3 books really isn’t that bad for me. I’ve been “currently reading” a couple books as buddy reads with my boyfriend for the past year, but those are still major works in progress, so this is what *I* am currently reading. I’ve been on a fantasy kick.


What’ve you finished recently?

White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


What’re you planning to read next?



What are you reading? Any of your favorites on here?

-Laurenxx

Contemporary, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Top Ten Tuesday, Young Adult

Top Ten Tuesday #16: Extraordinary Book Titles (from my TBR)

Well, it’s been a minute since I’ve actually taken the time to sit down and pull this up- especially on a Tuesday. But the last couple months have been especially rough. So, here I am making an effort and I’m hoping it’s just the beginning of some more consistent posting around here. *fingers crossed*

This meme, for those of you who aren’t aware, was created over at The Broke and the Bookish and they’ve since passed the torch over to That Artsy Reader Girl and she comes up with a topic each week. If you guys would like to join, do it! It doesn’t even have to be 10, you can make it whatever number suits your needs or desires!

**All links below for book titles will lead you to the respective Goodreads page!



 

Here’s my list, in no particular order:

1. The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson

2. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

3. Dark Shores by Danielle L. Jensen

4. Again but Better by Christine Riccio

5. Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake

6. The Geography of Lost Things by Jessica Brody

7. Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell

8. An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

9. The Invisible Life of Addie La Rue by V.E. Schwab

10. Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine



What’re some of your favorite book titles? comment below and let me know!

-Laurenxx

Book Reviews, Contemporary, Fantasy, Young Adult

Josh, Hazel, and the Chamber of Secrets

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Going to do both a full review for Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating and a mini-review for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets ! (I’ve still got to come back and write another review for White Hot Kiss and Sanctuary/ Containment , so I’ll be back at least a couple more times this week!


Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

Read: 10/4/19

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Guys, I don’t read as much contemporary as I would like, but when I come across one that calls out to me, I always give it a go. This was one I just had a really good feeling about, and thanks to the positive things my BBF Ashley had to say about it, I grabbed it from the library as soon as I could. I’m so glad I did. This played out in my head like a movie and I legitimately can picture everything in my head as if I actually watched it. It’s insane, but that’s how realistic this book was.

I started and finished this book in the same day (not quite one sitting because I had to stop to make dinner and stuff) because I couldn’t stop reading. I had to know how things ended. I had to know what happened with the characters.

Hazel was the absolute best MC ever. She’s a 3rd grade teacher with a flair for all things quirky. Think Ms. Frizzle meets Luna Lovegood and you’ve got Hazel. She was so true to herself after having watched her mother do the same as an equally quirky woman and I admired that greatly. Watching her as she interacted with others and just the way she held herself overall, I absolutely adored her. Not only was she strong and independent, she was a warm, caring, thoughtful person who also had her faults and wasn’t afraid to address them.

And then we have Josh. I loved Josh so much and watching his character develop was amazing. He really came out of his shell when he started hanging out with Hazel and I loved how he came back into her life. I loved watching their dynamic change as Hazel wormed her way into his life. Her friend Emily said that Hazel has a habit of latching onto people until they love her and watching that in action with Josh was awesome.

Both Josh and Hazel had great relationships with their parents and getting to witness that was really cool because that doesn’t happen in too many books. Her mother was a nurturing, caring, and quite quirky woman, and she took such good care of Hazel through everything and was so good at listening to her daughter and respecting her daughter’s opinion when she shared it. And Josh’s parents were traditional Korean parents and getting to see some of their culture and traditions was awesome as well.

I enjoyed this book from start to finish and I’m so glad that I read it. If you guys are looking for a great, funny rom-comy book, but one that does things just a little differently, check this book out. Give it a shot, because it’s a fantastic read.



Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

Read: 10/2/19-10/7/19

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Ughhh. I do love this book and the whole concept of the Chamber of Secrets legend was super interesting as well- I mean, a secret chamber hidden in the school for more than 1000 years? How cool would it be to find that? As always with the first couple books especially, I think Harry, and the series itself, is still a little juvenile and more whimsical than intense. But, that sense of nostalgia hits so hard with them. My sister read the first 3 books to me before the 4th was released, we went to the midnight book release starting with the 4th and that’s when I got my own copy and read the rest on my own.

With this book, I honestly feel so bad for Ginny. Poor girl writes in a diary like any 11 year old girl would and all hell breaks loose. I loved getting to meet Dobby and really start learning even more about wizard culture.

Definitely not my favorite of the books, but I love it all the same.



-Laurenxx

Book Reviews, Fantasy, Young Adult

Finally the Finale

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Finale by Stephanie Garber

Read: 8/24/19-9/2/19

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Boy, what a ride. I still remember reading Caraval for the first time and just absolutely falling in love with the world and the characters and now here we are at the end. Stephanie Garber, I love you and this series and your creation so much, this will forever be a favorite series for me.

We’re swept away into more magical places and locations and we get to see more of our characters true nature than ever before and this book was just so satisfying as an ending to this amazing trilogy.

I love both Tella and Scarlett. Everyone always asks which sister I like better, but I don’t know if I could actually answer that question because they’re both amazing in their own ways. I loved that no matter who was narrating, I could tell immediately without even reading the name at the beginning of the chapter because each sister has such a unique voice and feel and I think that speaks volumes on Garber’s ability to write.

Both sisters have gone through so much since the beginning of Caraval and I loved watching their growth throughout the books. Neither of them strayed from who they truly are, but they both came into their own and really grew up over the course of these books and I just adored that growth.

I want to say so much about what happens throughout this book, but maybe I’ll come back to that another time because I would hate to ruin the magic that was this book for anyone.

I loved that this book was so focused on the Fates and their backstory. The concept behind them was so intriguing to me, I’ve always been a sucker for anything that involves fates, gods, mythology, any of that. So that aspect of these books just made me love them that much more.

The ending of this book was perfect, I absolutely love how things were wrapped up and I cannot wait to get my hands on any other series or books Garber writes in the future.


-Laurenxx

Contemporary, dystopian, Fantasy, Informative, Top Ten Tuesday, Young Adult

Top Ten Tuesday #15: Top Ten Rainy Day Reads

Why hello, my lovely readers! 😀

It’s Tuesday, and this topic is one very near and dear to me. Maybe that’s because rainy days don’t happen here very often. But this year we’ve had quite a few (which I LOVE) and it’s given me much more time to think about what I consider to fit in this category.

These meme lives on at: That Artsy Reader Girl

For me, it’s either a cute, fluffy contemporary reads, or they’re fantasy/ sci-fi reads that you can really get lost in. Nostalgia also plays a key role.



1. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

2. Caraval by Stephanie Garber

3. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

4. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

5. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

6. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

7. Scythe by Neal Shusterman

8. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

9. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

10. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray



Any of the same books on your list? What’ve you got that I don’t? Let me know! Send me links to your TTT’s too!

-Laurenxx

Book Reviews, Fantasy, Young Adult

Curses and Monsters and Magic, Oh My!

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A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

Read 3/14/19- 3/30/19

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Yet another brilliant fairytale retelling. Gah. What a world we live in.

Okay, so I’m a sucker for fairytale retellings, but Beauty and the Beast has always been one of my favorite fairytales so I’m always stoked to read them but nervous that I won’t like them as much. This one definitely held up to my expectations and then some. I just absolutely loved it.

First of all, the representation in this book is amazing. I mean, our MC, Harper, has Cerebral Palsy. Guys. That’s amazing. And she doesn’t see it as a disadvantage, it’s just something she has that means she’s learned to navigate life a little differently is all. She’s still brave, determined, smart, and, honestly, a straight badass. And then we have her brother, Jake, who’s this big dude in all sorts of trouble, who’s gay. She has no idea but seeing that unfold was also amazing, she supported him without skipping a beat and THAT is the kind of thing I love to see. I had a similar experience with a friend when they came out to me, and I just love seeing loved ones support the person unconditionally, because really, that shouldn’t even be a label or defining factor for someone, but I’m rambling now. BACK TO THE BOOK.

HARPER. I love a good, strong MC who isn’t afraid to stand up to others or for themselves and Harper was definitely that. She has one of the biggest hearts ever and goes out of her way for others time and time again and I have so much respect for her.

RHEN. I loved him. He was such an amazing Prince and I don’t want to spoil too much for those of you who haven’t read it, but his heart rivals Harper’s. Though things don’t always appear that way, when you start to boil things down, you can really see who he is under the walls he’s built up. He’s dealt with so much over the course of the hundreds of seasons he’s endured and it’s honestly a wonder he’s even still sane. So, props to Rhen.

Grey. Scary Grey. Can I just give that big dude a hug? Man. I adore that man so freaking much and I love how hard he fought to help keep Rhen safe over the years. Everything that he went through was just…. Wow. Especially since he was tortured time and time again at the hands of Lilith.

I have nothing to say for Lilith aside from this: What. A. Bitch.
She was aptly named, that’s for darned sure. (Lilith is the Queen/ Mother of Demons)

I loved the world-building for this book and I can just see how much is open to be delved into in future books and I cannot wait for that! I only just finished this book and I’m anxiously awaiting the sequel. Gotta love waiting for books.

The kingdom of Enderfall has such an interesting story so far though and I can’t wait to see how everything plays out after the events of this one. ESPECIALLY THAT EPILOGUE! GAH!

If you’re on the fence about this book but you enjoy retellings, especially if you enjoy Beauty and the Beast retellings, I say go for it! Give it a read.



I know it’s been a minute since I posted, but I promise from here out, I’m back on track. I recently got a promotion so I’ve been adjusting to that but things are finally settling down and I’m much more motivated to get some reading done!

-Laurenxx

Contemporary, Fantasy, Top Ten Tuesday, Young Adult

TTT #14 (Places Mentioned in Books I’d LOVE to Visit)

It’s Tuesday! That means it’s time for Top Ten Tuesday! For those of you who haven’t checked out this meme yet or haven’t seen it around, it started over at The Broke and the Bookish and then moved on over to That Artsy Reader Girl !



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1. Prague from Daughter of Smoke and Bone

I’m a sucker for anything set in old European cities. I just adore the history that’s taken place in Europe, it’s so much more in-depth than what we’ve got in the US. I love the old buildings and the history behind all the cities being built.


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2. Wonderland from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Ever since I was little, this was just one of those places that stood out to me and seemed like such an awesome place to at least visit.


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3. Irish Countryside from Love & Luck

I have ALWAYS wanted to visit Ireland, but after reading that book it just made me fall even more in love with it. I want that road trip.


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4. HOGWARTS from Harry Potter

I mean… duh. But ever since I was little and started reading the books, I just adored the idea of visiting this huge castle full of magic in the wilds of Scotland.


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5. Point Zero in Paris from Anna and the French Kiss

I actually went to Paris the year before I read this book and I’m so sad I hadn’t read it before because we were probably feet from this and I didn’t get to go see it.


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6. Caraval from… Caraval

Who wouldn’t want to go visit such an amazing place like this?! Once again, I love all the magical factors and how Caraval came to be and I just feel like it would be incredible to actually see in person.


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7. Barcelona from Isla and the Happily Ever After

One of my absolute favorite parts of the book was when Isla and Josh spent the weekend in Barcelona. The way everything was described was amazing, and once again, all the history in this city.


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8. The Night Court  from A  Court of Mist and Fury

Honestly, nighttime has always been my favorite, there’s something oddly calm about the night and I love it. Plus I LOVE the stars.


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9. Tuscany from Love & Gelato

Aghh. Once again, I loved when we visited Italy but I didn’t get to stop in a lot of places like this. We mainly hit a few big cities (Rome, Verona, Venice) but I would have absolutely loved to see ones like this.


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10.The Shire from Lord of the Rings

I mean, a whole race of people who love gardening and eating and smoking? Count me in. Seriously though, how gorgeous is that?!



Any places on your list? Any others you’d love to visit?

-Laurenxx

ABC Book Challenge, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Young Adult

ABC Book Challenge- D

Hello, lovely readers! It’s Wednesday and this week that means ABC Book Challenge!

For each letter, you come up with some of your favorite books that start with that letter, then some books from your TBR that begin with that letter as well! 🙂



Memorable Reads That Start With “D”:

1. Demons at Deadnight by A. Kirk and E. Kirk

2. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

3. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

4. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

5. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Seriously, if you haven’t read one of these, read them. Although… Demons at Deadnight has 3 books and is supposed to have more but there’s no news on that yet. Sooooo that’s your call. :p


Books to Read That Start With “D”:

1. Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

2. Dark Intelligence  by Neal Asher

3. Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

4. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

5. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller


“D” was harder to find 5 favorites for than the last few.
See any of your favorites on here?

-Laurenxx

Book Reviews, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Young Adult

On a Sunbeam

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On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden

Read 2/1/19-2/14/19

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This would probably be closer to 3.5 stars, but I like to round up.

Oh boy. I’m so conflicted with this one because I wanted to love it. I LOVED the artwork, but I found some parts of the story to be a bit… lacking? The characters were interesting but I feel like there was a lot that could have been more fleshed out.

I did enjoy Mia as a character, but I didn’t feel very emotional when stuff happened to her. In fact, I think the thing that was the most off-putting for me was the fact that I really wasn’t attached emotionally to any of the characters and there’s usually at least one character that resonates with me. I liked them all, don’t get me wrong, but none of them connected for me.

My favorite parts of this was definitely the artwork and the overall story was definitely interesting. The artwork- the colors, the space, and those beautiful spaceships- was absolutely stunning. Some pages I would find myself staring at for a few minutes apiece simply because I loved the way they were illustrated.

I’d recommend this to anyone looking for a nice f/f representation, some beautiful artwork, and an interesting story in space!

-Laurenxx

Contemporary, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, TBR Tackle Thursday, Young Adult

TBR Tackle Thursday (#21)

Look at me posting this when I need to be. I’m changing it up a bit and not posting the synopsis, because frankly it takes way too long and I don’t feel the need to continue doing so. :p

But anyways, for those who don’t know what it is, the basis is pretty simple:

  1. Go to that list of yours wherever it’s at.
  2. Go to the OLDEST stuff listed.
  3. Pick a chunk (5,10,15, 25, however many you want to go through) of books.
  4. Read the synopsis, and decide if you’re going to keep it on that list or if it’s one of those books that sounded good at the time.
  5. Post your list and your verdicts!


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1. The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

Verdict:

This actually sounds really freaking cool and I always love starting new fantasy series! KEEPING this one!


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2. Cracked by Eliza Crewe

Verdict:

Oh man. This just moved up my TBR list because this sounds absolutely fantastic! I cannot wait to read this now. It sounds right up my alley and, it’s got a sarcastic MC with what sounds like very interesting narrative. I’m in. KEEPING!


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3. Scoring Wilder by R.S. Grey

Verdict:

I’ll give this a shot at some point. KEEPING!


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4. Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen

Verdict:

Ehh… not really something that sounds up my alley at the moment. I don’t know if I’d pick this one up and with so many others littering  my shelves…. REMOVING.


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5. First Year by Rachel E. Carter

Verdict:

I’ve been meaning to read this for ages and I’ve just been completely and utterly failing. KEEPING because I own multiple copies and really just have no reason not to.


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6. Halo by Frankie Rose

Verdict:

With the glowing reviews this has received and the premise that sounds FANTASTIC, how can I not want to read it? KEEPING!


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7. Relentless by Karen Lynch

Verdict:

Keeping. Absolutely 100% keeping, I know how much some of my friends love this book and I’ve got it on my Kindle now so I definitely need to read it soon! KEEPING.


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8. Party Girl by Rachel Hollis

Verdict:

I think I’m going to try this one out, actually. I think I may enjoy it, if not for a good change of pace. KEEPING!


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9. Just Breathe by Vincent Morrone ***** trigger warning *****

Verdict:

*****This is a very, very heavily trigger warning book. I know some friends who had some pretty serious reactions to what goes on through the book, so don’t take that TW lightly if you’re sensitive to sexual-assault because this book goes HEAVILY into that.*****

I am willing to read this at some point, when I know I can fully take it. KEEPING.


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10. Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

Verdict:

Once again, this book has phenomenal reviews and I’m definitely interested to check it out! KEEPING!


*** Total Kept/ Removed: 9/1 ***

Definitely not my best week. xD But, that’s okay, I was reminded of some I wanted to read quite some time ago, and got rid of one that just isn’t my thing anymore.

-Laurenxx