Book Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

“Am I not merciful?”

Rating: ★★★★★

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There are no words in the english vocabulary that can help me express how UTTERLY FANTASTIC this book was.

It’s uniqueness gripped me from the start to the finish of the book; I literally couldn’t put it down, I read it in two sittings.

Normally I don’t talk about audiobooks, but I HAVE to mention this one. I read along to the audiobook, and it’s seriously one of the wisest decisions I’ve ever made; it was just so COOL. And that sounds really lame, but there’s seriously no other word for it! The sound effects and different narrators made the whole story an EXPERIENCE like no other. I highly, highly recommend checking the audiobook out, because it was truly phenomenal.

Adjectives I can use to describe the awesomeness of this book? Let’s see…there’s: (in)tense, action-packed, suspenseful, thrilling, funny, romantic, heartbreaking… need I say more?

The setting: I wasn’t expecting to enjoy the setting as much as I did, because the story kicks off in the future on a different planet, and 97% of the book takes place in space. That, to me, was very different. AND IT WAS PERFECTION.
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Book Review: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

“Ugly love becomes you. Consumes you. Makes you hate it all. Makes you realize that all the beautiful parts aren’t even worth it. Without the beautiful, you’ll never risk feeling the ugly. So you give it all up. You give it all up. You never want love again, no matter what kind it is, because no type of love will ever be worth living through the ugly love again.”

Rating: ★★★★★

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I’ve said it a hundred times, and I’ll say it a million more, COLLEEN HOOVER IS THE READING SLUMP TERMINATOR. Her bottomless well of beautiful words impact every page and conquer the evil that are reading slumps. I finished this book in two sittings, because it was THAT HARD TO PUT DOWN. I swear I would’ve finished the book on the first sitting, but it was already 5 am, and I had school, so I had to go to sleep, but IF IT WEREN’T FOR MY DAMNED HUMAN NEEDS, I would’ve devoured the entire book that first sitting.

This book was TERRIFIC. Surprise, surprise. It never ceases to surprise me just how fast you can get sucked into Colleen’s writing, her stories & her characters. This book was heartbreakingly beautiful, thought-out, raw and real.

Ok, I guess I should share with you a guys a bit of what the story is about. So this PHENOMENAL book is basically about a girl named Tate who moves in with her brother in San Francisco, to finish getting her Masters degree in nursing & working as a nurse. The day she moved in, she met her brother’s neighbor, Miles Archer, aka tormented-tragic-past-swoonworthy-hunk. They don’t really consider themselves as friends, but they acknowledge their mutual attraction, so they decide to start a physical relationship, but without any of the emotional stuff. Kind of like friends with benefits. But, as always, this plan doesn’t really go too well, after a while.

The story is told in two POVs, present day is in Tate’s perspective and “six years earlier” is in Miles perspective. At first, I found Miles’ chapters very strange, slightly creepy, and melodramatic, but it got a LOT better after a couple chapters, until I actually started enjoying reading his perspective from six years ago, and started to understand its importance to the present day storyline.

That’s really all I can say without spoiling, so if you haven’t read it, I suggest you go pick this book up RIGHT NOW, you’ll fly right through it, I CAN’T RECOMMEND IT ENOUGH.

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Book Review: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

“I apologize for anything I might have done. I was not myself.”

“I apologize for shooting you in the leg. I was myself entirely.”

Rating: ★★★.75

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V.E. Schwab’s pitch for this book perfectly describes this story: pirates, thieves, sadist kings, and violent magic-y stuff.

I found this to be a fantastic fantasy novel, incredibly unique, diverse and insanely interesting. It was dark & exciting, and the way the author writes is absolutely beautiful. Almost poetic. V. E. Schwab has an unmistakable voice, and the way she expresses every sentence is breathtaking.
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february wrap up & book haul // 2016

So this month was kind of a bummer, reading-YDQA5918wise.
It started out GREAT, then it just went bad. Not that the books that I read weren’t great, but I just got into a major reading slump, partly because two books put me there, and partly because a TV show wouldn’t let me have a life (I’m looking at you, Gilmore Girls).

So, let’s get started with my WRAP UP.

This month I read three books. Not a bad number, but I’ve certainly done better.
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i messed up // book tag

So, I don’t know if you guys know this, but I have a problem.

A big one.

I’m booktube-aholic. I spend a ridiculous amount of hours (daily) staring at my computer screen, watching booktube videos, because WHAT IS LIFE WITHOUT BOOKTUBE?

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Around the third-hour mark of my vegetating in front of my screen, I came upon one of Grace’s (from @gracewithabookinherface on YouTube) videos, whom by the way, is the sweetest, kindest, cutest human being on the planet, if you haven’t checked her out, WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR LIFE.

Anyways. Where was I? Oh, right. Yes. Grace’s video. It was called the I Messed Up book tag, and I fell hardcore in love with this tag. It was created by the AMAZING Chami (from @ReadLikeWildFire on YouTube), and I just had to participate. I wasn’t actually tagged, but I couldn’t NOT DO IT, and anyways, both Grace & Chami said we could say they tagged us, so… “Grace & Chami tagged me” 🙂

Ok, on to the ACTUAL TAG.

A CHARACTER APPEARANCE THAT YOU MISREAD AND IMAGINED DIFFERENTLY
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2016 love-a-thon // tea with ravenclaws

The Love-a-Thon is an event dedicated to spreading positivity and love. It’s time dedicated to visiting other bloggers/Instagrammers/BookTubers, leaving a comment or two, making new friends and fostering positivity among the mebers of our amazing community. As in the previous years, the event will include mini challenges, Twitter chats and giveaways galore!love-a-thon

Hosted by: Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, Cee of The Novel Hermit, Hazel of Stay Bookish, Mel of The Daily Prophecy

For this post, I’ll be sharing which author,
blogger & fictional character I’d want to have a tea party with, where it will take place, what’s on the menu, and what we’ll be talking about! Let’s get started!

MY GUESTS:
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2016 love-a-thon // bingo

The Love-a-Thon is an event dedicated to spreading positivity anlove-a-thond love. It’s time dedicated to visiting other bloggers/Instagrammers/BookTubers, leaving a comment or two, making new friends and fostering positivity among the memers of our amazing community. As in the previous years, the event will include m ini challenges, Twitter chats and giveaways galore!

Hosted by: Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, Cee of The Novel Hermit, Hazel of Stay Bookish, Mel of The Daily Prophecy

This challenge is about seeing how many bingo squares you can cross off of the official Love-a-Thon bingo card! There are various tasks to tackle during the Love-a-Thon, and the challenge is to complete all of them before the event is over.

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I’ll be updating my progress as we go along!
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2016 love-a-thon // introduction

The Love-a-Thon is an event dedicated to spreading positivity and love. It’s time dedicated to visiting other bloggers/Instagrammers/BookTubers, leaving a comment or two, making new friends and fostering positivitlove-a-thony among the members of our amazing community. As in the previous years, the event will include mini challenges, Twitter chats and giveaways galore!

Hosted by: Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, Cee of The Novel Hermit, Hazel of Stay Bookish, Mel of The Daily Prophecy

I’m so excited to participate my first ever love-a-thon! *many clapping emojis* I first saw Alexandra’s (from twirling pages) post (which is completely bomb, if you haven’t, go check it out now.!.!.!), and absolutely LOVED the concept, so here go
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Q & A’s:

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Book Review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

“…there is not much that makes me happy anymore, but you do.”

“There is a hunger in you, Clark. A fearlessness. You just buried it, like most people do.”

Rating: ★★★★★

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I don’t think I’ve ever ugly-cried as hard and as, well, ugly, as I just did.
It was not, by any means, a gentle stream of tears. It was more like a quiet desperation and frustration breaking out into heavy sobs.

So there I was, repeating those last chapters in my head over and over again, all the while burying my face in my pillow so I wouldn’t wake up my sister in the next room.

The epilogue took me the hardest to read. I closed the book six different times, before I could finally finish it. I couldn’t bear saying goodbye to this gut-wrenching story.

I really can’t say more without spoiling you, so if you haven’t read it, I would stop reading here. If you have read it, then just follow the path made up by my tears.
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Fangirl Guide to Valentine’s Day: Books & Movies

Valentine’s Day is coming. That means cheesy rom-coms reruns, stores full of stuffed animals bouncing off the shelves, and flower stands on every street corner. You can spot in the wild some of the most frantic-looking people you’ll ever encounter, yelling at their phones trying to make a last-minute reservation, because they forgot to call ahead, and their wives are probably going to have a fit when they find out.

If you like that sort of thing, that’s fine. All the power to you.

If, like me, you’d rather have an all-fangirl Valentine’s Day experience, at home with your best friend, family member, partner, all of the above, or alone, then I might be able to help you.

First, let’s talk about some books that make our hearts have premature ventricular contractions (make our hearts skip a beat, for those of you who haven’t graced your eyes upon No Strings Attached).

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