Mini ARC Reviews | The Ones That I Read Way Back in 2016

Mini ARC Reviews | The Ones That I Read Way Back in 2016

This Sophie Kinsella novel hasd all of the things I loved about her earlier books, plus really great, relatable characters and a hilarious plot. Some of the antics that the MC gets up to in this book had me grinning like a fool, and while trying to explain one particular part of the story to my boyfriend I was doubled up in laughter. (I think a lack of sleep and excess of caffeine might have had something to do with that, but it really was hilarious!) My only …critique? (I don’t even know if I want to call it that!) is that the message of the book (essentially, appearances can be deceiving, even more so now that we have instagram filters) occasionally came off a bit heavy handed – but I honestly wouldn’t even knock off half a star for it. It’s just worth mentioning, I suppose? All in all, if you loved Sophie Kinsella’s earlier standalone novels, or if you’re looking for a quick, fun, heartfelt, hilarious story about finding yourself in a #nofilter kind of world, this is absolutely the book for you! Read: 12/06/2016 – 12/10/2016 I’m very happy that this turned out to be exactly what it was marketed as […]

2017 End of  Year Book Survey!

2017 End of Year Book Survey!

IT IS MARCH 1ST AND I AM JUST NOW PUBLISHING THIS OMG LOLOLOL ALSO I DELETED LIKE 6 QUESTIONS BECAUSE OTHERWISE THIS SURVEY WOULD HAVE SAT IN DRAFT PURGATORY FOREVER SO IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR CERTAIN QUESTIONS AND DON’T SEE THEM THAT’S WHY ALSO MY CAPS LOCK IS BROKEN jk I just wanted to yell a bit to somehow make it more dramatic that it took me 2 1/2 months to publish this. Number Of Books You Read: 53! Same as last year, averaging one book a week! With working 3 jobs and trying to be, you know, social and everything, I’m totally down for this number. Number of Re-Reads: Seven! One full series, and two of my all time favorites (The War That Saved My Life and Sorcery & Cecelia) Genre You Read The Most From: By an incredibly long shot, Historical Fiction! It’s not surprising that I read a lot of hist fic, because that’s always one of my top genres – but I was surprised to see how great the disparity was between this genre and others this year. Historical Fiction reads? 27. Next genre? 17. 1. Best Book You Read In 2017? Ok, like always – this […]

ARC Review | The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

ARC Review | The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

  “All my life,” she said, “I have been told ‘go’ and ‘come.’ I am told how I will live, and I am told how I must die. I must be a man’s servant and a mare for his pleasure, or I must hide myself behind walls and surrender my flesh to a cold, silent god. I would walk into the jaws of hell itself, if it were a path of my own choosing. I would rather die tomorrow in the forest than live a hundred years of the life appointed me.” This was a enjoyable read; lush and atmospheric. It took me a while to get into it, but once things really start happening you find yourself swept away with the story. One thing though, this novel is definitely not meant to be read in one burst, it works best to savor this book in little pieces as you go along. I loved the main character, Vasilisa Petrovna – her fierceness, her stubbornness, her love and loyalty to her family and the world around her. The different familial relationships were all complicated, interesting, and (at times) rather lovely. I loved how nuanced the characters were – they were not […]

ARC Review | The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch

ARC Review | The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch

**PS: POTENTIAL SPOILERS AHEAD** Read the first paragraph under “all the words” before deciding to venture further! The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch Published by Amulet Books on October 11, 2016 Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult Source: Paperback ARC, BEA Length: 368 pgs Rating: ★★★★★ GR Rating: 3.33★ What It’s About: A whip-smart, heart-wrenching debut YA novel about first love, first loss, and filmmaking that will delight fans of Jandy Nelson and Jennifer Niven: In the movie version of Amelia’s life, the roles have always been clear. Her older brother, Toby: definitely the Star. As popular with the stoners as he is with the cheerleaders, Toby is someone you’d pay ten bucks to watch sweep Battle of the Bands and build a “beach party” in the bathroom. As for Amelia? She’s Toby Anderson’s Younger Sister. She’s perfectly happy to watch Toby’s hijinks from the sidelines, when she’s not engrossed in one of her elaborately themed Netflix movie marathons. But recently Toby’s been acting in a very non-movie-version way. He’s stopped hanging out with his horde of friends and started obsessively journaling and disappearing for days at a time. Amelia doesn’t know what’s happened to her awesome older brother, or who this strange actor is that’s taken […]

ARC Review | This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills

ARC Review | This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills

This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills Published by Henry, Holt & Co. on October 4, 2016 Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult Source: Paperback ARC, Gifted from Blogger Length: 320 pgs Rating: ★★★★ GR Rating: 4.24★ What It’s About: Sloane isn’t expecting to fall in with a group of friends when she moves from New York to Florida—especially not a group of friends so intense, so in love, so all-consuming. Yet that’s exactly what happens. Sloane becomes closest to Vera, a social-media star who lights up any room, and Gabe, Vera’s twin brother and the most serious person Sloane’s ever met. When a beloved painting by the twins’ late mother goes missing, Sloane takes on the responsibility of tracking it down, a journey that takes her across state lines—and ever deeper into the twins’ lives. Filled with intense and important friendships, a wonderful warts-and-all family, shiveringly good romantic developments, and sharp, witty dialogue, this story is about finding the people you never knew you needed. Ok, it’s not exactly perfect considering, well, a lot of things … but there’s just something in this gif with the FRIENDS FOREVER mixed with #squadgoals that got to me! I really enjoyed this book for a number of reasons, the main […]

Audio Review | And I Darken by Kiersten White

Audio Review | And I Darken by Kiersten White

And I Darken by Kiersten White Published: 06/28/16 by Delacorte Press Source: Audio, Audible Length: 13 hours, 26 minutes Genres: Young Adult, Alternate History Date Read: 07/11 – 07/14/2016 GR Rating: 3.97★ My Rating: 4.5★ What It’s About: No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets. Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion. But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and […]

Series Review | The Warriors by Erin Hunter

Series Review | The Warriors by Erin Hunter

Into The Wild | Fire & Ice | Forest of Secrets | Rising Storm | Dangerous Path | Darkest Hour I read this series alongside my brothers when they were younger, and I remembered it being so completely absorbing. (Also, there’s nothing like your senior year AP Calc teacher asking you what you are reading under the desk and having to show the class that it’s a book about tribes of warrior cats living in the forest …) I was in a bit of a slump earlier this summer, and I have a friend whose daughter has just started this series and I was just REALLY itching to get back into this world … so I decided to reread all of them. It turned out to be one of the best decisions I made all summer, because I seriously forgot how much I loved these books and the cats within them. It seems like such a silly thing for a woman who is just shy of her 30th birthday to get all absorbed in BUT YOU JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND UNTIL YOU’VE READ THEM. Or maybe I’m just a really nostalgic reader, who knows?! Either way, I seriously want to get at […]